I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Broken Yolks

For the last few Saturdays my grandmother has taken to making bacon and eggs for our breakfast get together. The bacon is all fried before we get there and the freshly baked corn muffins are waiting in the warmth of the oven. Upon our arrival she puts the water on for coffee and breaks the eggs into the hot pan. With her 89 year old arthritic hands she gently moves the eggs back and forth trying not to disturb the yolk. The perfect yolk has always given her a great sense of pride when serving her loved ones breakfast. All was going well until she went to put the eggs in the dish, her hand shook a little and two of the yolks broke. My grandmother was so upset that she ruined the yolks. I said don’t worry Meema, that is actually just the way we like them, they are perfect.
When someone puts that much love into preparing food for you even if it is as simple as a little fried egg how could it not be perfect.

Since bacon and eggs really do not require much of a recipe perse, here is an Asian twist that I think you will all enjoy.

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup of rice
6 pieces of bacon
3 or 4 eggs
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped onion
2 tbsp. Ketchup
1 tbsp. soy sauce

Bring water to a boil and add rice, cook for 30 minutes. While waiting for the rice to boil fry the bacon and save 1/2 of the grease to fry the rice in. Scramble eggs in bowl, add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, add 2 tablespoons of water to eggs and mix well. Fry egg mixture like a pancake. Fry rice; add chopped onion, chopped bacon and catsup. Cut up egg omelet and add to rice. Mix in soy sauce and serve.


Little Old Liz said...

Your fried rice recipe sounds so good, and easy on the ol' budget. Thanks for passing that on.

And a note to your Meemaw: Those yolks gotta break to eat them! The picture sure looks tasty. I wish I had someone like that to lovingly make my breakfast.

Julie said...

Thank you for the kind words, Liz

Fearless Kitchen said...

If your grandmother is still frying eggs at 89, broken yolks or not, she is a lucky woman (and so are you.) And the previous commenter was right - they'll break when you eat them anyway!

Julie said...

It is amazing the things she still does at her age....thank you, Fearless Kitchen.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Julie, what a lovey tribute to your grandmaother. It brought back memories of being in the kitchen with my Annie (we couldn't say Grannie!). Bless you girl for the love you show her.

Julie said...

Thank you for the kind words, Teresa. I love that you called your grandmother Annie, I call mine Meema for the same reason (Icouldn't say Grandma when I was little).

Reeni said...

How sweet! Your Grandma is amazing! Her breakfast sounds comforting, nourishing and delicious; her eggs are perfect!

Tom Aarons said...

When the simple things are done with love, the result really is something special. Thanks for reminding me.

Julie said...

You are very welcome, Tom.

Julie said...

Thank you for stopping by Reeni, your blueberry bread cake looks wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I can identify with Mema and the broken yolk. My Grammy does the same thing, and it is the way we like it.

Julie said...

Glad that you stopped by, thank you Chrissy.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

My grandma passed away last year and she can't break yolks anymore. Or cook me fried eggs. I never liked fried eggs when she made them and now that she's gone, I always make fried eggs for myself or order them that way when we go out for breakfast.

I'm glad that your meema is still around to do eggs and bacon for you. :)

Julie said...

Thank you, Nikki and I am so sorry to hear that you lost your Grandma.

~~Louise~~ said...

What a lovely memory you have captured. I can only hope to be preparing bacon and eggs for my grandchildren at 89.

Thanks so much for sharing.
P.S. I'm getting ready to mix up the energy bar as soon as I'm done here. I'm so tired and it's only 10:30 in the morning.

Julie said...

You are welcome Louise and thank you.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I definitely share your gran's thoughts on the perfect yoke, but I would eat a broken yolk any day if I could still have my gran preparing it. She passed away 2 years ago at the wonderful age of 97.

Julie said...

Sorry for your loss Nina, I hope your gran had a wonderful 97 years on this earth.

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

I so wish I lived close enough to my Grandma to have weekend breakfasts with her. That made me really miss her. Alas, I'm out here in WNY and she's out in MI. Thank goodness my Gram is a techno-grandma and is good with email!

Your bacon and egg fried rice looks delicious. I'm sure the boys 'round here would put a world of hurt on that!

Julie said...

Thank you, Rebecca I am sorry that your grandma is so far away. I hope the boys enjoy the fried rice.

farmingfriends said...

Sounds delicious, what is catsup?
Sara from farmingfriends