Morning Musings

Some of my morning time, especially when it’s still dark outside and wandering through the garden isn’t an option, I spend time catching up on some of the interesting and entertaining blogs I follow. This morning, while browsing, I opened up one from Smitten Kitchen that had an interesting sounding recipe for Buttery Herb Gruyere Toasts that were served with soft-boiled eggs. This sounded pretty tasty so I made a note to come back to it.

After reading for a while I decided to take another look at the Gruyere Toasts recipe and check to see if I had the ingredients on hand. I did, so I mixed together the ingredients and popped the Buttery Toasts into the oven. As the incredible smell of the toasts filled the kitchen I carefully cooked up a couple of perfect soft-boiled eggs. Now the moment of truth. Would the toasts taste as good as they smelled? Would the eggs be soft, silky and delicious?

I sat down with a cup of coffee and a smile on my face to enjoy my creation. Just as I had hoped the combination of the toasts and eggs lived up to my expectations.

As I enjoyed the perfect combination of eggs and toast  my mind wandered back my freshman year of high school at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, CA. Not because I remembered fixing eggs and toast for breakfast then but because this is when I raised laying hens for my Ag class project.

I remember my hens fondly. They were Plymouth Rocks and would come running whenever they got a glimpse of me. I’d like to say it was because they liked me and where happy to see me but the truth be told, they thought I was bringing them something to eat and they were anxious to see what it was. Sometimes I was just bringing mash we bought at the feed store but other times it was scraps from the kitchen. They never discriminated they were just as excited with one as the other. Those girls just loved food.  I have never forgotten those silly hens and how much I enjoyed them even though some parts of their care wasn’t that much fun. Cleaning their coop comes to mind.  Sometimes I think about getting a few hens to keep but my yard is very small and I know the girls and I would not see eye to eye on what was OK to eat from my garden and what was not. Not to mention what was scratched from the earth in their search for tasty morsels.

Thinking on the hens reminded me of the Farmarettes (yes that was really the name), a club girls attending Ag classes could join during those days.  My yearbook  states we were; “a very active organization that held sno-cone sales early in the fall and took many field trips to various places where we viewed many different phases of agriculture and farming”. It also states that the highlight of the year, “something that the girls will long remember, was the Farmerettes initiation”. Really? I don’t remember anything about an initiation or selling sno-cones. Not saying I have a perfect memory but you’d think I’d remember something that was supposed to be so much fun.  I do, however, remember learning how to judge and show pigs, sheep and pigs. I used to remember the names of the breeds we studied but as the years have passed most of them have faded away. I only took the Ag class that year but I remember more from it than from many of the other electives I had during my high school years.

This picture (scanned from my yearbook) was taken of our Farmerette group learning about showing and judging beef cattle. Yes, we still wore dresses in those days, even when we were judging cattle. The girl with very short hair standing to the left of the instructor is me.

Times may have changed but my love of soft-boiled eggs with a crisp piece of toast to dunk in the warm runny yolks hasn’t. That brings me back to the post from Smitten Kitchen that I want to share with you all. These toasts are easy to put together, versatile and delicious. If you love savory, crispy bread, give them a try and while you’re over on Smitten Kitchen’s site browse some of her other posts. I’m sure you’ll agree there’s lots of delicious ideas there.

Other egg breakfast recipes from Annie:

Crab omelette

Martha’s Mom’s Crustless Quiche

Eggs Side by Side

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6 thoughts on “Morning Musings

  1. To start, this sounds like the best breakfast ever! You live a charmed life.

    When I was a kid we always had 30-60 chickens. Some for laying, some for broilers. I liked feeding them. I liked getting the eggs. Never cared for slaughtering them, and I really didn’t like plucking them, especially when you did 15 at a time.

    We raised RI Reds, and a few Plymouth Rocks. The gals were so pleasant. They seemed to really enjoy life! Your piece took me back to these times. Thanks!

    • Hi Bill,

      The plucking is a messy job but the slaughtering was one I only accomplished once. I’ll stick with the plucking any day.

      Glad you enjoyed the step back in time.

    • The only reward to cleaning the chicken coop that I could ever see was that happy, healthy hens lay lots of fresh yummy eggs and fresh eggs accompanied by some bacon and toast are still one of my favorite breakfasts. Good news now is I can buy beautiful local eggs and skip the coop cleaning.

  2. Hi CC,
    Bummer that it is cold and rainy there. We had beautiful weather today after two weeks of off and on rain. Guess you’re getting what we had.

    Your sis sounds like she was doing her Ag thing after I was. It would be interesting to hear if they still learned how to judge and show. I’m pretty sure if they did they didn’t wear dresses. Funny how times change. I always make fun of the old west and the dresses the women had to put up with. It never dawned on me until I looked back on my early high school years that really I wasn’t that much different, the dresses were shorter but really, they were still dresses. Glad that phase is over.

  3. You sure know how to combine interesting personal history with your day-to-day happening, Ann. This was very much enjoyed on a rainy (turning to snow?) spring evening in New Mexico. I have never learned to make soft-boiled eggs – my mom used to have a poacher and maybe I should look for one. I forwarded your post to my sis who was an Ag major in the 70’s.

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