Every Child Needs Protein

by Eddie Rayner

Dubai Municipality has developed a series of #Food_Heroes characters that represent the six main food groups, and help deliver the message to school children that consuming these food groups is not only a healthy thing to do, but fun too!

This issue’s recipe is inspired by Saleem who represents the protein group, including chicken, meat, fish, and legumes. Saleem is rich in B-vitamins, zinc, iron, and magnesium; he helps build muscles, bones, skin, and blood, as well as enhancing memory.

Beefed up Scotch Quail Eggs

Ingredients (12 pieces)

  • 250gm lean ground beef
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 12 quail eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1.5 litres vegetable oil


In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, and ground pepper, and mix well with your hands. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape them into small balls.

Place a ball on your work surface and press it out flat. Lay a hard-boiled quail egg on top of the mixture and roll it up, completely covering the egg. Repeat.

Place the flour, beaten egg, and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Place the quail egg stuffed meatballs in the flour, roll them around in the egg, and cover with breadcrumbs, ensuring the entire surface is evenly coated. Place the eggs on a plate and store in the fridge until ready to cook.

Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a medium skillet or wok set over the medium heat. Add the meat coated eggs and cook on all sides until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Transfer the Scotch eggs to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess oil. Serve warm.

Keep an eye out for the rest of the Food Heroes who will be making cameos in our upcoming issues!

Stay Safe

Eggs are a healthy and tasty part of our diet, but how do we ensure they are safe to use? Dubai Municipality offers top tips:

  • Always buy well-refrigerated eggs
  • Don’t buy dirty and cracked eggs
  • Check date of production for maximum freshness
  • Store them in the coldest part of the refrigerator
  • Refrigerate and consume foods cooked with eggs within 3-4 days
  • Don’t wash eggs because the protective coating will be removed
  • Clean kitchen utensils and counters after handling egg products
  • We recommended eggs be cooked until the yolk and whites are firm