It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells…to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin. – Dave Barry
Those of you who have been following this blog know my wife’s job requires that she spend part of her time working in another state. For that reason, since my son was about six months old, I’ve been a part-time single parent. No regrets – the experience has been absolutely fantastic and, although much to my wife’s chagrin, I still refuse to ask for directions when we travel, I was recently reminded of how much I’ve learned.
After a friend of mine accidentally cut herself at a restaurant, she was surprised when I offered her a band-aid.
“Don’t know a lot of guys who carry band-aids around,” she said.
And that’s when I took it to another level and asked,
“What size band-aid would you like?”
Nothing like taking care of a (very) active child to convince you to travel with assorted medical supplies.
Remembering this incident caused me to reflect on the adjustments one must make to try and build a successful career while also taking care of kids. For example, if time allows, I do a lot of meal prep on Sundays because I don’t want the hurry of the week to serve as an excuse for poor eating. I do things like cut up vegetables for salads and make breakfast items that facilitate my son’s transition from restful slumber to “get your rear out of bed…we’re running late.”
To cook up a large batch of scrambled eggs for the week ahead, I have found that baking delivers far better results than using a pan. Because it’s now the method I use whenever we have a bunch of folks over for Sunday brunch, with the holidays right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to share my recipe.
Baked Brunch Eggs Ingredients
You’ll only need eggs, milk, and butter in the following ratio:
4 eggs : ¼ cup milk (whole or 2%) : 1 tablespoon unsalted butter.
So, if you wanted to cook up 12 eggs you’d multiply the list above by 3 yielding the following list of ingredients.
12 eggs, ¾ cup milk, 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (I would not recommend using the convection setting on your oven.)
Whisk eggs in a bowl and after done, whisk milk into the eggs.
After melting the butter, coat the inside of a pyrex baking dish with the melted butter. To save time and cleanup I recommend melting the butter in the pyrex baking dish using a microwave (at 50% power so it doesn’t splatter).
Size the baking dish such that the egg mixture fills up the dish no more than halfway. For 12 eggs, a 2- (or even 3-) quart dish works fine (here, for example, is a set on Amazon).
Pour the egg + milk mixture into the buttered pan and slide into the preheated oven.
After ~ 13 minutes pull the dish out and stir the eggs in the dish. At this point the eggs will just start congealing in the pan but should still be mostly liquid.
Put the pan back into the oven and cook for another ~ 10 to 13 minutes. Pull pan out and gently stir the eggs again. Depending on the size pan you’re using, at this point the eggs will likely be just done but if they aren’t done enough to your liking just slide the pan back into the oven and cook longer.
Once you have determined the eggs are done, take out and cover with foil until you’re ready to serve.
Well there you have it – a great way to make eggs for a gathering or the week ahead. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Should you decide to use this recipe to make breakfast for your honey let me also leave you with a song you can sing along to while you’re cooking. It’s a duet by Langhorne Slim and Jill Andrews called “Sea of Love.” Although fantastic artists in their own right, I’m glad they took the time out to create this beautiful song together.
So, I build a boat to sail;
I swear I’ll never fail you.
Oh, we’ll sail into the sun;
take my hand and run into
the sea of love .
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