Grandma’s “Famous” Scrambled Eggs

family-eating-eggMy grandchildren truly believe that the scrambled eggs I make are famous around the world.  I created the recipe for ease and fluffiness.  I have to admit that my grandchildren love these scrambled eggs and I am begged to make them often for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Remember, the grandchildren can help.  However, if it is a school day, Grandma makes the eggs.  Otherwise, the recipe should be divided up into child tasks depending on the number of grandchildren and the ages of the grandchildren doing the activity.   Of course, Grandma must try to be fair and give each child a chance to participate, but the appearance of fairness is more important still, especially when use of appliances that may be dangerous to a young child.  Teaching cleanliness and safety is part of the process.

Recipe:

1-2 eggs per person

1 slice of American cheese (broken up into quarters) per egg plus one slice for good measure

1/4 teaspoon water or milk or drop of water or milk per egg or 1 tablespoon for 8 eggs

Salt and pepper

Butter or Smart Balance to put in frying pan

Frying pan

Wire wisk or electric blender

Directions:

Put all ingredients, except butter or Smart Balance, into blender.  Heat butter or Smart Balance in frying pan.  When frying pan is almost ready for eggs to be put in, beat egg and cheese mixture 1 minute with in electric blender on high speed or 100 strokes by hand equals 1 minute in electric blender.  If doing hand strokes do not heat pan until done with strokes.  Stir until done.  Eggs will be VERY fluffy and it will seem like there is a larger portion than the number of eggs you used.

Yes, cooking is a great learning experience, but most of all, children remember this for a long time.  Remember to have a camera ready to memorialize the activity in pictures for the grandchildren’s annual photo album from beginning to the best part, eating the finished product.  Grandma has to be ready to accept a big mess so have lots of old towels and paper towels available.

Now to preparation.  On weekdays, school days, Grandma makes this herself, quick and easy.  I may let an older grandchild crack the eggs.  On weekends, we make this an activity in which to have all the grandchildren participate.  Prepare yourselves, then, grandmas, to accept the mess.  I have the grandchildren lay old towels in front of the sink, everywhere on the floor in kitchen, on the work surface.  I have rolls of paper towels near the sink and the workspace.  The garbage pail is handy.  Then we all wash our hands with soap and sing the alphabet song.  ( I do remember Katie Couric  on the Today Show on NBC saying that is how long we must wash our hands to get them germ free).

Yes, cracking two eggs by a three year old may mean many shells in the bowl, a second washing of hands, and sneaking the dumping of the eggs while diverting the attention of the grandchild.  I incorporate older grandchildren in this conspiracy–they love participating in the distraction, and if you clue them in in advance that we know they would crack eggs perfectly but we need the little ones to make their mistakes and their help in fixing the mistakes without hurt feelings, they will be okay with the plan.

Children love to rip apart the American cheese slices and dump the pieces into the blender.  I show the children how to put the salt in the palm of my hand first to measure what I need, so too much salt won’t end up spoiling the eggs.  I do the same with pepper.   When the egg mixture is blended we pore it in the pan and immediately clean the blender.  Cleanup is part of the cooking process and cleaning up in parts is easier than leaving it all for the end.

Older grandchildren can stir the eggs in the frying pan, but even they will stop stirring before the eggs are done and grandma finishes up.  Serve and savor with

Joy,

Mema

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