Sunday, June 6, 2010

Childhood Cooking Memories: I'll have mine yellow & white please!














I can remember sitting around the table at the local Friendly's restaurant with my family on a typical Sunday. Sundays were very often the day we'd go out for breakfast or if we had slept in too late, brunch. On the day in question, I can recall quite clearly my reply to the waitress when she asked me how I'd like my eggs.

"I'd like a yellow & white please!" I declared.

She looked at me as if I had spoken in another language.

"Oh.. do you mean Sunny Side Up?" she asked.

"Nope, I want a yellow & white.. you know.. half white, half yellow?"

Still confused, the waitress turned and stared pleadingly at my parents for some assistance. They kind of shrugged and weren't much help, they didn't really have any clue about what I was asking for either. My dad asked me to explain and finally deciphered from my childish babble that what I really wanted was two fried eggs, their yolks popped immediately upon hitting the pan, and spread ever so slightly so that the yolks and the whites cooked through, but in separate clear patches of solid white and yellow. This would be what happens to tired parents who serve their kids food that turned out not quite right and tried to be sly and give it a cute name, in order to get their kids to still eat it. "I made you something special today... look.. it's a yellow & white egg, I made it on purpose, just for you! Because I love you!"

I'm pretty sure I ended up with scrambled eggs that day at Friendly's, a minor yet lingering disappointment.

Since I am still eating way more eggs than I thought humanly possible while trying to stick to a lower carb eating regimen, I have been trying to come up with new and exciting ways to serve my eggs. Having already long exhausted the standard varieties this month, today I produced a variation on the yellow & white, adding some chopped colorful bell peppers on top of the freshly cracked in the pan eggs, just after popping the yolks and giving the pan a slight swirl.

Yellow & White Eggs
serves 1

2 eggs
salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp bell peppers, seeded, finely chopped (any color you like or a medley)
nonstick cooking spray or butter

Heat a small skillet over medium, adding some butter or cooking spray if needed. Crack in 2 eggs (I left out one of the yolks but that isn't necessary). With the edge of your spatula, quickly pop the yolks, and swirl the pan gently, to give the egg a marbled appearance. Immediately sprinkle with the peppers and season to taste. After edges start to firm up, flip the egg over and cook for a few more seconds to brown the other side. Serve immediately.

15 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the yellow and whites! My kids would definitely love them, plus you could make them to order so adults get a slightly spicier version. Although, I certainly wouldn't skip any veggies in my kids ... those kids, if feeling slighted in the veggie department at dinner will snag some off my plate when I'm not looking.

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  2. Wow - so lucky they aren't picky about their veggies. Thanks for commenting :)

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  3. You really are a girl after my own heart. I still love my eggs like this only with just a bit of soft "yellow" on the inside. I love the addition of the peppers. By the way, thanks so much for signing up to follow my 2nd little blog. It was getting really lonely.

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  4. Aww you're welcome Karen. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Eggs are such a wonderful ingredient. Peppers give this dish a nice crunch and burst of flavor. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. You're welcome cookingwithkait :) Thanks for commenting.

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  7. Hehe, love your story :) This sounds really good, I'm a big fan of peppers in my eggs.

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  8. What a cute story! Great for breakfast!

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  9. Thanks for your comments Spicy Perspective & Biren :)

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  10. Love the idea of "yellow and white" eggs!
    I eat eggs almost every day for breakfast. I can't get enough of them!

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  11. Aww, that's a cute story. :) I'd like to try a 'yellow & white' one of these days!

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  12. Thanks hungryartist and Judy :) My daughter liked them too.

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