My sister is her this week, for her vacation, and to celebrate her birthday. She does not cook, and does not like to, so I try and accommodate her palate by asking what she is most hungry for.
Like most folks, she gets hungry for food she grew up on, and rarely consumes now.
Her one request this week was creamed eggs on toast. Huh? Wha you say? Yuck?
This was actually a weekly staple that we grew up on, and when i say weekly I am not exaggerating.
My sister and I just had a long discussion at the table about what my Mother cooked when we were under the age of 12, and lived on Logan street.
2 days a week we had breakfast supper. Pancakes, eggs, and side pork. I never liked side pork. It was to porky, if there is such a thing, and I did not even like the smell. Once in a while she would fry up bologna instead, we did have bacon on few occasions as it was a treat. My Father would put peanut butter on his pancakes.
1 night a week we would have creamed eggs on toast, which was delicious.
1 night a week we would have hamburgers, fried in a skillet.
Sometimes we had fried egg sandwiches on toast.
1 night a week we would have goulash (hamburger, tomatoes, and macaroni)
Saturdays we may have chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, or chicken and noodles.
Sundays we would have a beef or pork roast, or fried chicken.
The following were big treats liver and onions for my Dad. Fried fish in the summer after dad went fishing, always paired with a macaroni salad, and fresh buns. Spaghetti or tacos.
Seems strange, but we sat and pondered and pondered that menu for about an hour, and that was what we came up with...
I looked at her, and said, "you know, I knew we were poor, but we must have been very poor to have eggs 4 nights a week". Eggs used to run mom about a quarter a dozen for Jumbo farm raised eggs that often had double yolks. And she bought them from a gal that delivered them to the house. A quarter a dozen if that, they may have run cheaper than that from time to time.
I also will tell you my Mom is rolling in her grave right now, for sharing this on the internets...