Breakfast is Dash's favorite meal of the day. He loves it all -- pancakes, waffles, french toast, muffins, egg salad sandwiches, sausages, and cold cereal. If he could have a smoothie with breakfast every day, he'd be the happiest kid on the planet. There are two main problems -- in a busy household it's almost impossible to get everyone on the same schedule and to eat breakfast at the same time, at least during the week. And really, who wants to spend Saturday morning cooking a fancy meal first thing in the morning? (That's me talking/whining here -- I'm okay making pancakes for dinner, but don't see the appeal to making them earlier in the day.)
There's not much I can do about the reality of our family's comings and goings, especially once school is back in session, but I figured out how to resolved the early morning cooking issue -- send Dash to cooking school! So, a couple of weeks ago Dash took a class at the Institute of Culinary Education -- the class was for 10-14 year olds and was called "Breakfast, the Meal I Can Make." I thought breakfast was resolved when I went to pick Dash up after the three-hour cooking class, and he was just sitting down to a plate of three-layered french toast, sweet and savory Dutch Baby pancakes, an assortment of muffins, a Tortilla Espanola, and a pile of Thief Boys. (They couldn't eat the granola they had made because it was still cooking in the oven, but I heard about it.)
Uh oh. My whole premise backfired, because now Dash wants to make all of these same foods at home. Since French toast is his favorite dish, he wanted to try this dish at home. Let me give you the basics -- it's three pieces of challah bread, with a ricotta cheese/banana/chocolate chip paste sandwiched in between, then it's dipped in eggs mixed with orange marmalade and then pan fried. Of course, it's served with butter and maple syrup. I had to take a nap from the carb and sugar coma a couple of bites put me into. That didn't really solve my problem.
The Thief Boys are next on our list -- they're more in the cinnamon roll family -- but I just haven't geared up for that one yet. Instead, Dash pulled out his favorite cookbook -- Bobby Flay's Burgers Shakes and Fries -- and chose to make the "breakfast burger." I convinced him to make it for dinner (instead of breakfast) and last night Glen and Dash cooked together to make a manly dinner. I came in when it was time to stack my own, and this is what Dash told me to do: 1) Put down half the bun, then put a dab of ketchup on it. 2) Add the perfectly cooked burger. 3) Scoop up a handful of just-made shoestring potato fries and place them on the burger. 4) Add a dab more ketchup. Wait, we're not done. 5) Add one fried egg, easy over. 6) Place three strips of crisp bacon on top of the egg. 7) Close with the other half of the bun. 8) Enjoy. I had to take a nap after the meat and carb fest we had for dinner.
I think there's a moral of the story here -- be careful what you wish for.
Cold cereal for breakfast tomorrow anyone?