Ah white bread the bane of my youthful existence….. the staple of the 70’s diet, the words “I’m hungry”, the answer “well have a piece of bread then”. I think I can also remember going through a phase where I used to turn my entire dinner plate into a giant sandwich, and when I wonder back to those questionable culinary choices of what we used to eat, my stomach does a little lurch with horror.
Fried bread, yes my mother used to make this for us… and it’s exactly how it sounds, bread. fried. in FAT, yes FAT, or LARD or whatever word you can feel better about, probably neither. White bread, fried in about 1/2 inch of drippings. The more shocking thing about this little revelation is, that I can remember actually liking it… okay how about this one, tomato sauce sandwiches. White bread, with butter (remember the thing with kiwi’s and butter…. don’t get in between them, no matter how piss poor you may be, there will always be a block of butter in the fridge), and then a generous squirt of tomato sauce (what you people call ketchup) and that’s called lunch.
When we’re busting out the fancy pants there’s this concoction called “fairy bread”, don’t ask me why I have no idea, but that’s the name for it. White bread with butter and then hundreds and thousands sprinkled on it. Now I asked Mr Weiss if he knew what “hundreds and thousands” where, after a blank look and then my explanation that they are teeny tiny little colored balls that you may actually decorate cupcakes with, he offered up “nonpareils?”. Which now leads me to my bread piece de resistance, the “fluffy egg nest”, yes people this is actually what it’s called. This one is a little more complicated and I can’t imagine why anyone would go to this much trouble for essentially a snack, but I do remember screaming home from school and whipping up one of these bad boys.
Fluffy Egg Nest
Under a broiler, toast one side of white bread, flip over and smear untoasted side with vegemite (optional of course) add some slices of cheese and melt. Next separate an egg, beat the white until soft peak fluffy and spoon onto the cheese, yip that’s right spoon it on, then drop the egg yolk into the center of the whites. Place under broiler until egg white is browned and yolk cooked. (I’m sure there is a whole world of problems with this “recipe”) but I’m telling you we used to eat these all the time and I think I’m ok????
PS…. um I do actually eat other things than just bread or toast……
PPS…. well 2 things are going on here 1. is that I do indeed eat ALOT of bread and 2. is that I actually think I eat alot heathier than I do…… take a look at today’s lunch….