I always wanted a child that was interested in cooking, one that would hang out with me in the kitchen, help out with multi-part recipes or even try recipes of their own. I learned to cook at a very early age and hoped that would be something I could pass down to my child. Sprog is not that child. He's never shown interest in being in the kitchen, even when he had to, for Home Ec, and not wanting it to turn into something he'd hate, I never forced the matter further.
Lately, as he's started staring down his impending high school graduation, he's decided he needs to learn how to cook at least a couple of things that didn't come from a microwave, for himself, for when he lives on his own (not that I am going to let my baby leave me that quick). He's asked about certain favorites and how hard they are to make but other than inquiries he's never been insistant that he was actually going to cook anything.
Yesterday, I decided we were going to have Brinner and asked him what breakfast meats he would like. Somehow that simple question wound up with me buying all the makings of a very full breakfast feast and Sprog making himself this:
breakfast "sandwich." He decided to take his favorite item from the Denny's menu (Moons Over My Hammy) and change it up a little bit. What you see here is: one blueberry Kashi waffle, grilled ham, eggs, cheese, hash browns, grilled bacon, and another blueberry Kashi waffle. He then wrapped it up in a paper towel and ate the whole thing like it was a giant messy burger.
Of course, at the grocery store he SWORE he was going to help me with everything since he took my simple Brinner plan and made it into a giant production but in reality, he toasted his frozen waffles and assembled the components. NOT COOKING, SPROG.
In addition to just sharing the magic of that incredible bit of food (which is sure to be a drunken salvation to someone out there), I wanted to fill you in on a little breakfast short-cut I learned yesterday: The George Foreman Grill is GREAT for bacon. It gets it perfectly crispy, while wicking away all the fat AND since the lid closes there is no splattering of grease to burn your arms or get all over the place. I also used it to grill up the ham as well. It's perfect!