Truth be told, I’m going through a bit of a ‘blah’ stage with cooking. It seems utterly unending at this stage in the summer… breakfast runs into lunch that runs into dinner. Tomorrow the same. And it’s sometimes quite exhausting to come up with healthy, wholesome meals that the whole family is excited about.
But when I cook with Teddy, the joy of cooking comes flooding back. There’s something contagious in a child’s enthusiasm. He giggles at the sheer triumph of cracking an egg. He marvels at the squishy seeds in a tomato. He squints in delight as his eyes sting from freshly cut onions. It’s all so novel and creative and eventful.
And I know you’ve heard this before, but if you want your child to eat what you cook, get them involved in cooking it with you. The pride they feel in knowing they helped to craft this delicious meal is enough to ensure their plate is scraped clean.
My Good Man woke up on Sunday feeling like bacon and egg pie and so Teddy and I decided to create a recipe. This is what we came up with…
5 fresh eggs
4 rashes of bacon
a handful of beech mushrooms
an heirloom tomato
2 gloves of garlic
6 slices of bread
a dash of milk.
a handful of cheddar cheese
a dollop of sour cream
butter, salt and pepper
We washed our hands. Then Teddy used his clean hands to paint butter all over the inside of a glass baking dish.
We lined the bottom of the dish with bread.
We beat the eggs in a bowl with a dash of milk.
Teddy used a soup spoon to ladle 1/3 of the beaten eggs over the bread in the dish.
We cut the bacon inot strips. We finely chopped the tomato, the onion and the garlic.
With a dollop of butter in the pan, we fried the bacon together with the onion, mushrooms and garlic.
Just before they were cooked, we added the tomato to warm it through.
We covered the layer of bread in the dish with our fried ragu.
Then we covered the ragu with a top layer of bread.
We grated a handful of cheddar cheese and sprinkled it over the top of the bread. Teddy remarked that if you squinted ever so slightly, it almost looked like the cheese was snowing all over the bread.
We baked our bacon and egg pie in the oven for 25 minutes at 350° F.
We served it with a dollop of sour cream, pink Himalayan salt and some pepper.
Needless to say, seconds were had by all. And, in fact, we made it for breakfast again this morning. AND it was requested for breakfast again tomorrow.
Our recipe creation was a hit.
I hope you also enjoy our Bacon and Egg Pie.
I do love cooking with Teddy.
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe, you might enjoy our other favorite recipes too.
Blessings and magic,
Here are the special things in my room.
My coffee mug. It’s the only one I use. No other will do… it has to be THIS one, always. That’s because it makes the most delicious coffee… the measurements of coffee and sugar using my special spoon are absolutely perfect for the volume of the mug. Call me crazy but I can’t do without this mug… or spoon.
I have my comfy armchair where I often sit and read in the afternoon warmth. It’s a cozy and calming place that gives me a little respite when I need to check out for a moment or two.
On the windowsill, is a photo of my two beautiful children when they were still little. Oh gosh, my heart melts remembering them as they were then. And two little silver trophies from my riding days. Both were won by me and my most delightful pony, Mr Sunrise, when I was a child. They are inscribed with my name and Mr Sunrise, Champion Pony.
The feather butterflies in the felt blooms were the same butterflies I wore in my hair on the day I married My Good Man. I remember that special day whenever I see them. Of course, the memory makes me so happy.
There’s a photo on the windowsill of me and My Good Man when we were younger. We look so sweet and innocent.
Next to this is the beeswax bowl my children and I made many years ago. We made it using two bowls for molds, cling wrap and pressed autumn leaves. When the candle is alight inside it, it sends a golden glow into the room. I love it so so so much.
And, of course, my collection little clay houses. You’ve seen these before but I know you are not sad to see them again. They are quite the most delightful little things, aren’t they?!
I have a white paper mache deer mount on my wall.
I adore my old distressed dresser found at a garage sale. My Good Man constantly asks me to throw it out as it attracts termites (his worst insect in the world) and often has little mounds of termite dust beneath it. I manage to get rid of them for periods of time but they always seem to find their way back. One day it will quite literally collapse to the floor in a heap… but, until then, I’ll continue battling the termites.
I have a little rustic vintage chair in the corner. It has wonderful scratches and scuffs on it that help me imagine the stories it could tell. It’s especially special to me as it is an heirloom passed on to me by my good friend. I love knowing that my family is deeply connected to their family through this little chair.
And then my ceramic cat and My Good Man’s rosary that sit on our bedside table. My cat was a gift from my mom for my 16 birthday. A funny gift for a 16 year old, isn’t it?. And a very funny thing to hold onto for all this time. All the more strange because it has traveled the globe with me, without sustaining not even one single chip or crack. A few years ago, I knocked it off the table and, can you believe, I caught it again before it hit the ground and shattered into a thousand pieces! It reminds me of my beautiful childhood and the love my family envelops me with, each and every day, always and always. And the rosary. It has 59 beautiful gemstone beads.It belongs to My Good Man. Before that, it belonged to his mom and before that, to his grandmother and before that, his great grandmother who was a pioneer in New Zealand. Oh, the prayers it must have heard and the solace it must have given.
Now, excuse me… I’m off to sit in my comfy armchair.
Blessings and magic,
We had a magical weekend.
I’ve shared all about our extraordinary encounter on my new FairyGarden.com website… please join me there today.
Here’s a sneak peek…
For many more magical photos, please visit FairyGardens.com.
What amazing things did you get up to this weekend?
Blessings and magic,
Who agrees… an early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day? ( Henry David Thoreau).
Hope you are having a happy weekend.
Here are some other inspiring quotes.
Blessings and magic,