Sunday, September 14, 2014
I was up early this morning, I was thinking I would make Brussels Sprouts today for our leafy greens with BACON. That is the way we like them.
Up until last week I have bought the ready cooked bacon. Last week it went up in price and so I looked at the bacon in the cooler case and took it home.
I kind of knew when I opened it I had made a mistake. Reluctantly I put it in the pan and watched the fat ooze out of it. The spatters were awful and I thought of the past with my Gran in England.
Sunday was a family breakfast. Gran bought the bacon rashers (SLICES in USA) and fried them in an iron skillet on the fire-the coal fire.
She poured off the fat and it was always kept for flavoring for other meals.
My Gran was given an allotment of land she was a war widow. My uncle and Gran raised chickens. I was the "GO-FER-EGGS - GIRL"every morning.
I carried a tin bucket and went to the allotment away from the street houses and I would Shoo away the Rooster and get the warm eggs under the hens breast. Many a pecking I used to go home with.
Gran had the bacon fried and then she cut thin slices of bread, poured the grease back in to the pan and FRIED THE BREAD.
Bacon was expensive so kids did not get bacon but we did get fried bacon bread. We loved it everyone was together and it was a treat.
We always had eggs to eat and Gran insisted the kids have milk.
This morning everyone was in bed and I fried the bacon and I thought about my Sunday morning breakfast.
I have tracked food for a long time but today I decided to reward MYSELF.
I cooked the bacon pout on paper towels and saved the Grease. I put the bacon back in the refrigerator. There was a single crust of whole wheat bread ( we call them "NOBBIES", I do not know why we just did) I took the crust and FRIED just the soft face of it till it was golden brown.
My brothers favorite food was and still is MUSHROOMS. He grew them in the coal house and he went out in the fields and picked them. He is older than me so I just got the juice, he ate the 'Shrooms'.
I had 'shrooms' in my fridge today and I wanted them, I sliced them and cooked them in the bacon grease too.
Finally I remembered ROMA tomatoes in the crisper. Our own tomatoes were in and I do not like waste so I microwaved them and as soon as the "shrooms" were cooked I added the tomatoes-RED fried TOMATOES, never green.
I could never eat this traditional breakfast and have no EGG, not fresh but EGGLANDS. and we do like them
I sat down at the kitchen table and I thought about my family breakfast and I was happy as I could be. Alone with my memories and my taste buds.
I never thought about it this morning. My breakfast came out of left field. I was the only one out of bed early and I selfishly reveled in what I had done.
DH got up and asked about the bacon smell in the kitchen. I told him it was to cook Brussels sprouts. I offered him EGG and BACON but he wanted coffee and his CHEERIOS.
A few weeks ago I found some 'extra long' men's shirts. Our eldest son and grandson are very tall so I bought 10 of them at $3,00 I realized I needed a big box and a hefty cost.
I called our son and asked if he had to work, he said no so I told him DH and I would meet him half way. We both drove and met in Lancaster New Hampshire at McDonald's and we sat and chatted for well over an hour. We drove almost 4 hours and so did he. He was delighted with the shirts and he hugged DH and I and said he was happy to be able to talk without the children with him.
We also could ask questions without our 14 and 16 year old Grandkids listening in.
We went our separate ways after a kiss and a hug and I felt less stress. DH was happy too because he now knows our sons and their family issues. Nothing we can do but we talked and laughed and had a nice time together.
Short and sweet. !!!!!!!!
When we got home we had our Brussels sprouts, bacon and onions. Carrots and potatoes browned in bacon fat was a great meal.
YES it was a great meal. YES it went way over in my nutrition but there is not a bit of GUILT or REGRET.
MY DAY WAS MY SPUR OF THE MOMENT REWARD AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE AND CALORIE OF IT. !!
PAT IN MAINE.