Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. One-fourth of your daily calories should be consumed first thing in the morning. I have found that less than one-fourth of my students do not eat breakfast before they leave for school. The number one reason given for not eating breakfast is – no time. I say it is just poor planning. Breakfast is so easy and quick to make! Especially eggs!
How do we like our eggs? Scrambled is the number one choice of most Americans, then hard-cooked , over-easy, over-medium and sunny-side up. Here are some tips for making great eggs:
- When scrambling eggs add 1 Tablespoon of water for each egg. Beat with a fork until foamy. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, add butter and egg mixture.
- Push the eggs with a bent -edge spatula. Eggs should be in large curds. Don’t add pepper. It should be added at the table. It makes the eggs look as if you dropped dirt in them. If you just have to add pepper white pepper is a better choice.
- For fried eggs heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat add about tablespoon of butter. Beak eggs one at a time into a custard cup and slide the egg into skillet. Reduce heat to low and cook until desired doneness.
- For a basic omelet prepare eggs as for scrambling. It is best to make at least a two egg omelet. Heat nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Melt about tablespoon of butter. Pour the eggs into the skillet. Lower temperature to medium low. Do not stir the eggs. As the edges set run a spatula around edge of skillet and lift egg mixture to allow uncooked egg to flow to the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the mixture is set but the top is still moist looking. Add desired toppings. Fold in half and slide on to a plate.
Check it out here for cooking hard cooked eggs.
This all is well and good, but practice makes perfect. In front of the class I can make it look so easy, but when the students actually get in the kitchen there are many things that factor in. What is medium high heat? Is this the correct size pan? What does it look like when set around the edge? So the first egg that is scrambled may be less than perfect, but next time it can be improved and by the time that a dozen eggs are cooked it will be perfect! Just don’t give up.
In class last week each group could cook eggs of their choice. Most cooked omelets and scrambled eggs. Along with the eggs cheese toast and Favorite Hot Cocoa was served. Not only were they graded on food preparation but also on timing. Eggs could not be prepared too early and sitting around getting cold. Cocoa had to be made first, then toast and last eggs so that all would be served hot. I have found this to be very difficult for inexperienced cooks.
Here is a great recipe for Hot Cocoa that we made in class that lovers of Starbuck’s signature Hot Chocolate will find to be very close.
Favorite Hot Cocoa ( from Hershey’s) check out the photos also (mine were too poor to post)
- 1/2 sugar
- 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa
- Dash salt
- 1/3 cup of hot water ( I use hot tap water)
- 4 cups of milk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in saucepan: stir in hot water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes.
Stir in milk and heat. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and enjoy!
Here is the breakfast that we cooked up in class. Some of them found that making an omelet was harder than they thought and theirs resulted in scrambled eggs, but the hit of the day was the Hot Cocoa. At first they thought it was too much trouble to make when you could easily open a package, pour in hot water and stir. After tasting this delicious drink they were sold, You will be too.