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.