Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pictured Framed Eggs.

The middle school I attended (6th through 8th grade) had six six-week grading periods. Besides the normal classes like the three “R”s, the students had to take secondary classes like Art, Woodshop, Swimming and Health. These classes would switch every six weeks and would fall on the “off” Gym days. One of the secondary classes was Home Economics.

In Home-Ec we learned to sew, balance a checkbook and how to wash dishes (drinking glasses first followed by the silver ware, then plates and finally pots and pans). I believe it was in 7th grade where we actually learned to cook a few dishes. One of the dishes we learned to make was Pictured Framed Eggs.

Since my brother John, AKA LawnWhisperer, was year older than me he learned how to make Pictured Framed Eggs first. He loved the idea of cutting a hole in a piece of bread, buttering it and frying it with an egg, over easy, in the center of the bread. A fried egg framed by a piece of bread became his favorite breakfast. For the rest of my sixth grade year (his 7th grade) he made Pictured Framed Eggs for us almost every Sunday. If the eggs were done the right way, you could break the yolk on your plate and use some of the fried bread to sop up yellow nutrients and eat it.

When I finally took the 7th grade Home-Ec glass I was practically a pro at Pictured Framed Eggs. I knew my plate would be the best in the class in taste and presentation. You see we would use a wine glass to cut the center of the bread so the hole was perfectly round. We would take the rounded center and cut a triangle “mouth” into it so it would look like Pac-Man. We would toast the Pac-Man and serve it with the meal. How could the teacher not like this? Toasted Pac-Man and Pictured Framed Eggs: what a delicious and kid friendly breakfast. Anyway, in class, I got too excited, I was cocky really, and I broke the yolk while it was frying in the pan. It still tasted good but my presentation was shot to hell even with the Pac-Man toast. I was not as good as my brother John.

I still make Pictured Framed Eggs, but for a long time I was not concerned with presentation. But now that I have kids I know the importance of presentation. I need to make delicious and kid friendly meals. Recently Lauren bought some cookie cutters that have yet to be used for cookies. Take a look at the pictures.





Take that! John.

24 comments:

A Fan of this Blog said...

Where's the cut outs??

Anonymous said...

Those sure as heck don't look like fishies now! I got introduced to this dish when I was in girl scouts, we called them "toad in a hole".

Allyson said...

When I was a kid my Dad made pancakes in animal shapes.

nelly said...

i make these to for my boys, but i bake mine on a baking tray in the oven! still yummy =)
great fish shapes!

Effie said...

we called that "toad in the hole" and we would fry up the extra little bit of bread too--just for extra toasty-dipping! I think it is my favourite way to eat eggs still! I like the fishies!

Mmm, now I want some eggs.

Make me one please! Thanks! ;)

jd said...

LOL I'm so dumb, I didn't even realize they were in fish shapes. I kept thinking . . . why is it not round? Thank goodness for comments!

Valerie said...

We called it "Egg in a Basket" and my grandma would make it for me every time I'd spend the night there. Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

Hot Cheese was LW's best work !!

Especially in the winter.

MetroDad said...

Ok, I see the fishy eggs in the first photo. But in the second photo, I see Phyllis Diller and Krusty the Clown. Is this some kind of weird Rorschach egg test?

Mainline Mom said...

Hmmmm...I may have to try this on my husband.

stepblog said...

These are wonderful pictures. I still love p.f. eggs. Thank you for taking me back to home ec class - with Mrs. Pennypacker -- for a few minutes. (I love it, but I don't think I knew it at the time).

Kami said...

So cool!!! I have never seen that before. I must try this.

Platypus said...

Lovely post, William. I'll try that at the weekend. :0)

kalki said...

I'm going to go make this right now - I am totally craving it. Right these parts, we call them eggs in a basket.

susie said...

We called it Egg in the Hole. Not very creative up here I guess? Those looks verrrrrry tasty. I believe the P&B blog may cause a run on eggs.

kimmyk said...

Very cool idea William!

Thanks!

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Katie said...

I was taught that this was "Texas Toast" and make it like French Toast with an egg in the middle. :) Oh, and I live in OH, not TX

eclectic said...

My grandma calls 'em "egg baskets", and when I was there last September (she was 92 then) she still made them for me. I felt guilty, but I offered to make them for her and she wouldn't hear of it. So I just said "thank you" and meant it. Hers are the best.

Ray said...

I love it.... now I am hungry!

Lowa said...

That seems a long-winded way to say "Egg in a hole"! LOL I have never in my life heard them called that, or the toad thing, or the basket thing. I guess I am very literal. They are eggs. They are in a hole in the bread. And they are DELISH!

I am just impressed that you cook or make anything at all! After 17 years of marriage, my husband is just recently attempting to do anything in the kitchen. Maybe by our 25th, he can make these??

Slinger said...

I too made these in Home-Ec in Jr High, but we called them "One-Eyed Jacks" Not sure where the teacher came up with that name, but I used to make these all the time. I may have to make then this weekend.

Julie said...

I thought my Grandma made that up!

islandarts said...

My home ec teacher called these Eggs in a nest... I used to break my yolk on purpose to make sure it wasn't runny :::shudder:::
Thanks for the memories!!

No_Newz said...

Your Pictured Framed Eggs, are what we call Sunshine Through the Window.And most of the time, my sunshine is so bright, it kinda melts itself. :( Maybe you can have a support group for us, Pictured Framed Eggs Anonymous. Lois stands faces group, stares at shoes...