Saturday, April 17, 2010

E is for Eggs, Holey Eggs

There are parts of this homeschooling thing that I'm actually enjoying. Very much. YellowBoy requested that cooking lessons be part of our curriculum on a daily basis. Who am I to refuse a thirst for knowledge such as this? He's asking me, the Food Network addict, for lessons. What better way for me to show off my knife skills, my mad knife skills. And my new knowlegde of mix-n-match stir fry, gained from my subscription to Food Network magazine (yes, I'm a sucker when my niece is fundraising for her band...) Your wish is my command! Let the lessons begin!

My YellowBoy already loves to cook and bake. He makes wickedly good M&M cookies. Owns his own Pampered Chef chef's costume

(“Mom, I don't want you to wash this apron, I want it dirty like this, like a real chef. It shows that I actually cook.”) He requested these scoops for Christmas.

He also lamented our lack of a complete set of measuring spoons, so I bought these.

(It does help that sister-in-law sells Pampered Chef). One morning he brings me my magazine and says, “This is what I want to learn how to cook.”

Um, yeah. I've tried that before. My brother DataBoy makes a wicked rendition he calls Baskety Eggs. I make a thing called a big mess. But this is what he wants to learn, so this is what we'll try.

I wish I'd thought to take pictures of our subsequent attempts, but I didn't. I had to take one for the team and eat the first one. Egg too runny. YellowBoy, though loving yellow, does not love yolk. His eggs must be cooked completely. Yolk well done. Jake loves a runny egg, but this one was way, way too runny for even him. I know what you're saying, geez, cook it a little longer. Not that simple, bread was already mostly charred. Throw it away you say. Have you MET my mother??? I cannot do that. (Remember the ketchup packet?)

We continue our quest for holey egg perfection. Each time we get a bit better. But we have realized that it's either a two man job, or a three armed person's job. Takes teamwork. But that's a good lesson, too. Here's what ours look like. Not too shabby. And certainly delicious. Bon apetit!


Robin said...

That is he may become a famous chef soon..maybe the youngest..what a great enthusiasm...I love the baskety eggs..they still tasted great I bet..!

Life@Cee said...

I know them as rolly holey eggs. They were my favorite as a kid, but my family is not as crazy about them... probably because they don't have the superior taste buds required for runny eggs (over easy, if you please):-)
They are difficult to make... getting the bread hole just the right size, not breaking the yoke on the flip, oil temp just right. All this food typing is making my hungry. Maybe be a need to go cook up a rolly holey egg!

Aging Mommy said...

That's just great that your son loves to cook - I think Home Economics as it was called in my day at school in England is vastly underrated. You can teach them at the same time about physics, chemistry, food hygiene, mathematics and all sorts of things while doing something fun. I love the picture of your son in his Chef's hat, looking so proud and happy

Jenny said...

I think this is wonderful! And there are so many cool kid related cooking things on the market. There are also a lot of cooking classes least where we live.

What a totally neat post.

I love the writing style, too!

Jenny said...

OK, I have to come back and say my verification word was "haute"!

Wasn't that cool?

Amanda said...

Kerry does these perfectly! He impressed me with them early on in our relationship, actually, he gave me the WRONG impression--that he would be working in the kitchen! Anyhow, he calls them one-eyed eggs, and the yolk is always just right when he fixes them--which is rarely.

Amanda said...

And I forgot to mention that YellowBoy is just so stinkin' cute!

Pondside said...

We have a glut of free-range eggs from our gals, so this post was timely. When I was growing up, this was called "Egg in the Hole" and it was a staple. When The Great Dane was in the Air Force it was the fighter pilot Friday night supper - tradition written in stone - or maybe jet vapour!
Anyway - I'm on Vancouver Island, which while north of you, is actually south of some parts of the USA!

My name is PJ. said...

I love that you call him "Yellow Boy" - I got a big chuckle out of that.

My husband would LOVE to teach this kid to cook! He tried to get my kids interested, but they didn't have the love for it.

What a great thing to teach a kid to do! Yay for food network. Have you guys ever watched "America's Test Kitchen"? It's great!!

MJ said...

Love this!!! Eggs in a basket is a favorite in the house. My 6 yo loves to help make them, but I haven't ventured farther than a hard yellow.

I can rememeber making these in girl scouts over the fire also :o)

Oh, and you can't go wrong with Pampered Chef!


Jenny said...

Tina? Did I miss something? Do you have a lung infection? This sounds horrible. Are you OK? How did you get something like this? Is there anything I can do? Can I send you some magazines or books or a card or anything?

Serline said...

Wish my eldest could be more like YellowBoy... she is more like NATO - no action, talk only - she once allowed a bag of cocoa powder sit in the fridge for 2 years! There's always tomorrow for making that dream dessert she promised me...

Tina said...

Yeah, Jenny. It's been going on since February. Took a long time to diagnose, but I had whooping cough, which I'm about 2/3 through, and then I got a secondary lung infection on top of that. I was on complete bed rest for 2 weeks, then modified bedrest, and since then about all I've been able to manage energy wise is to sit on the couch...and write. I wrote a post called Bed Rest, and then references have been sprinkled in every once in a while. Don't remember one in the eggs though...Thanks for asking. Church friends have been bringing us meal, etc. We're doing ok.

Debbie said...

My older boy 12 he loves to cook too!~ I loved making these eggs I called them birds nest, don't know why I goofed up the name but I did, so fun!~

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha! I love your post of this awesome cooking adventure! Your yellowboy looks so professional! All of us, well, some more than others, but truly all of us love the Food network channel! along with HGTV...And yay for Pampered Chef! I had my first Pampered Chef party back in 1994! And still love to use my apple peeler-corer-slicer :o)

And from reading the other comments...hopefully you get better quickly!!!

Blessings & Aloha!
(finally catching up on my blog reading! thank you for stopping by!)