Thursday, September 1, 2005

Green Eggs - No Ham & Egg-in-a-hole

Cook Sister is hosting another EoMEoT (End of month, eggs on toast) event and who could resist this Dr Seuss favorite.

So (without the poetry) here's my version of Green Eggs - NO ham.



My honey likes his scrambled eggs well done, but you can do yours any way you like. Just add a little milk and a dollop of pesto. Those who have visited my blog before, know I love basil and lately, given that huge bunches of basil can be found around here, just about every recipe I make seems to include it.

Egg-in-a-hole



Between all the Childhood memories memes out there (myself included), IMBB End of Summer Frying event recently held by Linda of At Our Table and writing my cookbook (shameless plug) which, not only contains easy to follow recipes, but also shares short vignettes of my growing up (all food related, naturally), my mind naturally went to this dish as an all time favourite breakfast treat from my childhood.

Sunday was the only day of the week that we all ate breakfast together and the one dish we kids loved the most was Egg-in-a-hole. In those days, we didn't worry about cholesterol and so my mother used lots of butter. The bread would soak it up and get crispy in the pan. I'm not sure which part I loved most, the egg part or the separate piece that originally was the center of the bread slice. I can still taste the buttery crunchiness.

Today was the first time in a long, long time that I made it, since now cholesterol IS an issue for me. I used margarine instead of butter, but really who was I trying to kid?

When I 'googled" egg in a hole, 232 results popped up, so I know I'm not alone. I seem to remember that other cultures gave it a different name. What did you call it in your house?

12 comments:

Shauna said...

I remember my mom making this once or twice, and I always wanted her to make it more often! In fact, I'm in the middle of writing about childhood food memories (I got tagged), and I wish I could write about eating egg in the hole every Sunday!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! I am going to have to look up the "Egg in a hole" thing, looks really good! Have a great weekend!

Joe said...

I love the addition of adding pesto to the scrambled eggs - great idea! I've heard of eggs in a hole before but never made it - it looks great!

Ruth said...

Thanks for dropping by. There is nothing quite like egg in a hole. If I could, I'd have it every Sunday too. Not an option though.

J said...

goodness, that egg in a hole looks incredible...dripping with buttery goodness...what a fabulous entry!

Ruth said...

Thanks J, it certainly was buttery and really reminded me of my mother at her stove years ago.

peasantwench said...

My family called it a Birmingham egg, after the city in England, I guess. We had them all the time, but my favourite part was that fried buttery circle of bread!

Ruth said...

No kidding about the buttery bread part. My sister, brother and I would fight over which piece was bigger.

I think some people also called it "toad in a hole"

Jeanne said...

Hi Ruth

Love the green eggs - very cool idea! And my friends also used to call your second dish "toad-in-the-hole". I only learned a lot later what toad-in-the-hole really is!

Thanks for taking part - workign on the round-up as we speak!

Ruth said...

Jeanne, I'm afraid to ask....but what does toad in a hole REALLY mean?

mrsjava said...

I used to make this for my kids when they were growing up. We called it "Fried Eyeballs". Don't know why.

Big Jay said...

If anyone sees this post.. I am currently researching this dish.. I have so far counted several names (all informal),, But not the original dish name... I would also like to find out from where this dish came from. (time period and location). As a kid it was refered to as Huevo al Hoya.. (egg in a hole). I once heard of the original name..started with a M. but can't remember it.. If you have any info or even other name varitions.. please email me.. anyone who writes me will get an email copy of my final research when completed.. THanks! Big Jay
zozoyezozo@charter.net
p.s. Thanks peasentwench.. I havent encountered the name birmingham toast before. i will add it to the list.. So far 19 different names counted..