Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An Old Fashioned Breakfast

Lately, I’ve had the desire to get up in the morning and cook my family a hot breakfast. The desire to do this has been with me for several months, but I’ve yet to act upon it.

Now, I have no problem cooking breakfast around 10:00 in the morning, but by that time the children are ravenous and I have too many other things to do. So my goal would be to have a hot breakfast ready for them when the rise (and for my hubby to eat before he leaves for work) which means sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning. 7:00 am being the latest.

The real problem here is that at 6:00 in the morning I am still having (sometimes just starting) my quiet time and so far I’ve been unable to give it up or cut back on the time I spend. (I confess to very selfishly treasuring the quiet, me and God only hour.)

So my question:

Is there anybody left out there who actually gets up with the chickens – 6:00 -7:00 am – and cooks a hot (I’m talking old fashioned - pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. - not talking oatmeal, or muffins although that would be okay some days) breakfast for their family? If you do, will you please share with me how you became motivated to do so? Also, if you would share what you make and how you prep for it. i.e. if you prepare the night before? And one other thing – how do you clean your pans? One of the things that keeps me from cooking eggs is that they always stick to the pan (no matter what I use to prevent their sticking) which means that after I cook I have to spend way too much time cleaning the pan – a chore I very much dislike. Currently I have stainless steel pans and they are not non-stick (I switched to stainless steel because I read that harmful chemicals leach from the non-stick pans – can’t think of what they are called at the moment.)


P.S. Ben took his first steps this morning! Yea!

“Glad that Mandy had gathered the eggs yesterday, she brought out the bowl filled with fresh ones and set it down on the counter. She turned on the burner and set the frying pan on the stove, plopping a chunk of butter in the center. Dat’s stomach would be growling and so would Adam’s and Joe’s. They like scrambled eggs made with bits of bacon and cheese, but today she wouldn’t take the time for any of that. Fried eggs are quicker.” –from the Secret by Beverly Lewis


Bird said...

We often cook fried or scrambled eggs in the morning (usually fried) because they're hot and quick. This morning we did fried eggs with toast. Most mornings, though, I eat boiled eggs and Brandi and the kids have oatmeal or something.

Every Saturday morning we try and have "big breakfast" where we make eggs, bacon, and pancakes, but we usually get done with that around 10:30 so it turns out to be a brunch sort of deal.

We use a cast iron pan, but we used to use stainless steel like you do. (Actually, Brandi still uses the steel for many things.) We found that with both the stainless steel, and especially the cast iron, you need to heat the pan up HOT with oil before putting the eggs in. We get that thing cooking good on high heat where it's bubbling up a bit before adding the eggs, and that usually makes the clean up afterward a lot easier. For some reason when the pan is extra hot like that with oil the eggs tend to not stick. We rarely have issues with pans that don't clean easily, and we think it's thanks to the heat up method. I can't remember how we figured that out. I think Brandi just played with it until she found a method that worked.

danielle said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to try that.

danielle said...

Eric, Wow! I just tried your oil trick and it worked! I'm so amazed. Thank you so much!!!

What exactly are fried eggs? Is that when you simply crack an egg into the pan, let it cook, and then flip it?

Bird said...


I tend to like my fried eggs over easy. I guess there may be another name for them besides fried eggs, but that's how we distinguish them from, say, scrambled or boiled eggs.

Glad the trick workes. :-)

Bird said...

I guess you figured out you could/should turn the heat down as soon as you put the eggs in the pan? :-)

danielle said...

Actually, I'm not sure if I did or not. They didn't burn though.


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