Poppy's Eggs Benedict
1 teaspoon vinegar
4 thin slices Canadian bacon
2 English muffins
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon hot water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and hot
Salt and pepper
In a large skillet, bring 2 inches of water and the vinegar to a boil. Crack one egg into a glass.
Reduce water to a simmer and pour egg into water in one quick motion.
Quickly add remaining eggs.
Let eggs cook for 4-5 minutes.
The white should be firm but the yellow should be runny.
Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
In a non-stick skillet heat the bacon until warm.
Toast the English muffins until golden.
For the sauce: Place yolks, water and lemon juice into blender.
Blend for 1 minute.
With blender running, pour butter through open hole of blender lid. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
To assemble eggs Benedict: Top each muffin with bacon and a poached egg
Pour warm sauce over and garnish with paprika and chopped parsley.
Alternatives: Vegetarian: Substitute wilted spinach and a grilled tomato for the ham.
Source:"Traditional Eggs Benedict." Recipe : : Recipes : Food Network. Food Network, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.
Pairs Well With
“Lad, can you please put the English muffins in the oven, we’ll need more for the upcoming Christmas day brunch,” Poppy asked. I was dropped off at Nana and Poppy’s house at 9:00. My sister and parents went to go get the much needed eggs for the egg benedict that Poppy was going to make. It was Christmas day and I doubted that there would be much stores open so I wished my sister the best of luck as I watched them get into their car. Since it was Christmas day I had already had a morning filled with happiness and many of the presents that I had asked for.
While Nana was supervising the meal, I asked Poppy if he could show me some of the valuables that he had collected as memorabilia from World War II. I carefully walked down the stairs to the cellar and I found a coin on the floor which I gave to Poppy. “Good job, lad. This is a coin from Libya.” He showed me the date 1829, and I realized that some of these coins could be very expensive. I saw Poppy tuck the coin into his pocket and we strolled on. “Here are some of the coins I collected as an engineer on the B29,” He exclaimed. (I watched in admiration as all of the coins were carefully wrapped up in tissue and other means of protection from scratching the other coins.)
“Is that a Peso?” I asked Poppy as I saw Mexican writing that I recognized from my Spanish lessons in school.
“It is lad, how did you know? One of my friends gave that to me when we were on the B29. Lad do you want to play some tunes upstairs?”
“Sure” I said. We cautiously made our way upstairs dodging the cobwebs as we went.
We had played together before and we sounded pretty good. Once his harmonica was out and my trumpet unpacked we started playing. “Watch this Poppy,” I said. I played the different octaves of the note “C” by not pressing any keys on my trumpet. I could tell he was amazed. How did you do that lad,” he asked as I put my trumpet down secretly happy that I stumped Poppy, (that rarely happens). I told him that with each octave I go up, I must blow harder on the trumpet mouth piece to reach that note.
As we continued to play Christmas music in the bedroom, my sister and parents walked in, just in time to admire our duet of “Sleigh Bells.” As we finished we earned a well-deserved round of applause from Mom, Dad, and Sister Alison for our performance. “That was great Poppy,” said Mom. She always calls him Poppy too, although he really is her Dad.
“I got some special eggs from a gas station that was open. We tried most of the stores in the area but they were all closed. Luckily we went to a gas station to fill up our tank and Alison suggested we look inside for some eggs. Sure enough they had them. I can’t wait for the egg benedict that you are going to make.” Mom exclaimed.
We cheerfully walked to the kitchen where we found Nana setting the table. “I heard the performance you two put on. It was really great” Nana said.
“Thanks,” Poppy and I said simultaneously.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen everyone was doing their part helping prepare the meal. Mom and Alison cooked the English muffins while Nana, Poppy, and I were cooking the eggs and the hollandaise sauce.
After about thirty minutes of preparing the meal, we finally sat down and enjoyed the delicious egg benedict, it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had with my family.
When we were finally done and wished everyone a Merry Christmas, Poppy said, “Wait, Adam, I would like to give you this,” and he held out his hand. My mouth dropped and I was very happy. It was three of his special coins that he collected when he was in World War II. I thanked him very much and I gave him a big hug goodbye.
“Merry Christmas, Lad,” he said.
I replied back with a Merry Christmas and turned down the steps and waved a big goodbye. I knew those were a couple of Poppy’s prized possessions and I would never forget them.
Having a Christmas breakfast with my grandparents definitely was a first and something that I would look forward to again. I learned a new tune with Poppy, ate a delectable breakfast, and got some very special coins from Poppy. I know if we ever have another Christmas breakfast with my grandparents, I will be looking forward to it. This was a Christmas that I will never forget and till this day I still have the 1829 Libyan coin and the Pesos wrapped in tissues in my room.
Submitted by: "Adam C"