In my original 12 Days of Fatherhood post, I mentioned that Day 4 should go as follows:
Have dinner together. Bring your children into the process of making the dinner, as much as safely possible, and then eat together at your table (or couch, if you don’t have a table). No TV, no phone, no tablets, no computers – just you, your family, and conversation.
In following my own plan, I asked the kids yesterday what they wanted for dinner. As I mentioned in another post, the purpose of allowing children to have a stake in decisions is to foster a sense of initiative, which can later develop into a sense of purpose and a better understanding of their individual role in the family.
So, what did they choose? A family favorite, creamed eggs. This recipe is a staple of every holiday breakfast, but also makes for one heck of a gut-warming (and filling) comfort dinner on a cold Northwest winter’s evening.
The recipe is surprisingly simple:
* Hard boil half a dozen eggs, then peel and cut them
* Heat & scald 2 cups of milk
* Add egg chunks
* Mix a slurry of a 1/2 cup of flour & water until smooth & thick, and then begin adding to the egg/milk mixture, stirring, until it reaches the desired texture
* Add salt & pepper to taste
* Serve over toast (usually torn-up pieces of buttered toast in my house)
* Accompany with Li’l Smokies
We took the little ones to the store after getting them off the bus, and allowed them to scavenge the aisles for the necessary ingredients. When we got back home, we allowed them to come up with a mutually agreeable plan to divvy up the tasks, which meant there were a few arguments, of course, as siblings will do, but for the most part, the longer it went on, the smoother things ran.