Friday, June 4, 2010

Hail To The Chief

Yes, Nueske's bacon! We made BLTs but jealously guarded the last two rashers for the next morning when we made Smashed Eggs. Smashed eggs are gently, gently scrambled eggs, patiently stirred over a low heat until they curdle moistly around the bacon bits that were heated in the same pan before adding the eggs.

Don't ask me why, but this tastes better than plain old bacon-and-eggs, even though they are the same ingredients. It makes no earthly sense but it is sublimely true.

I learned this trick from a Chief in the Navy, Ben Banks, who taught me how to make these. He taught me by example many other more important things - to take pride in simple tasks, to accept life's hard times with grace, to turn even adversity into joy - and I will always love and remember him for those life lessons. But the one that brings his smiling face to mind every time I make it is Smashed Eggs.

Thanks, Chief Banks.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

That is a work of art. Isn't it funny how food invokes memories?

Friday, June 04, 2010  
Blogger namastenancy said...

What a great memory! I learned how to make cream gravy and biscuits from Mr. Luis, the chief on one of my dad's ship's. It used to be my sister's and my favorite Sunday dish when I still lived at home.

Friday, June 04, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I wanna be a chief. Those guys know how to cook.

Friday, June 04, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, it's the main reason that I blog about my cooking - it's not all that special but the memories are.

Nancy, nice to know you had a similar experience.

Cookiecrumb, they do, but so do you in your own individual way.

Saturday, June 05, 2010  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is late to the party here - he's not been online much recently...

He agrees that cooking the eggs and bacon this way is more flavorful than serving them separately. He thinks it has something to do with the bacon flavor permeating the eggs as they cook together, something like the way a stew or soup is usually better the second day.

Thursday, June 10, 2010  

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