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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snowy morning breakfast

I got up early to take Lulu out into the swirling snow that fell overnight so she could 'do her business'.  When I came back inside I had every intention of simply climbing back into bed and checking my email.  But while I was puttering around the kitchen and putting out food and water for the dogs I spotted a bag of corn meal in one of the cupboards and decided to have some fun.

I called Gilad down from his room and the two of us set about whipping up a warm country breakfast for the girls of the house who had slept in (Yonah was curled up on the couch watching a movie).

When Zahava and Ariella finally made an appearance an hour or so later, blinking at the bright whiteness from the snow outside the windows, here's what they found waiting for them on the nicely set table:

  • Orange Juice
  • Fresh coffee
  • Cheddar cheese omelets
  • Freshly baked cornbread muffins
  • butter
  • Blueberry and strawberry jams

I'm not trying to make trouble for any of the other husbands/brothers out there, but I have to admit that it's nice to raise the bar every so often and spoil the people we love.  It just worked out nicely that a rare sleepy, snowy weekday morning provided the perfect opportunity.

No promises, mind you... but I may have some snow pictures later.

Posted by David Bogner on February 19, 2008 | Permalink

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I'm guessing it's a lot more fun taking a puppy out in the snow than in the rain! How nice for Zahava that she has you guys home to share in the new puppy fun.

Posted by: Rac hel | Feb 19, 2008 1:08:51 PM

How about posting the recipes for us aspiring wonder-husband/fathers?

Posted by: Eli | Feb 19, 2008 3:03:00 PM

Ah, got you beat, my friend. Every weekend, my husband lets us all sleep in and he uses the leftover challah I bake every week to make the best french toast in the world.

However, I'm glad there are other men out there who appreciate their wives and children this much! Bravo!

Posted by: Maya | Feb 19, 2008 5:46:00 PM

What was that line from the wedding, "if you have a shot take it." ;)

Posted by: Jack | Feb 19, 2008 5:53:15 PM

What? I was expecting a recipe + photos of some mamaliga, the taste- and time-honored Yiddishe Corn Meal Mush.

Posted by: Erica | Feb 19, 2008 6:03:44 PM

The key ingredient here was a "snowy weekday morning". Given that we don't get much snow in New Jersey anymore, Chedva will just have to keep waiting...

Posted by: Alan T. | Feb 19, 2008 6:33:20 PM

I want to know where you found cheddar cheese?? It's one of my few cravings that I still bring in from the States...

Posted by: Tzip | Feb 19, 2008 7:42:48 PM

Tzip--Go to the cheese counter at the bigger grocery stores (Supersol Deal, etc.) and ask for Cheddar. They usually have it. And Roquefort, and all kinds of other dairy delights...

Posted by: Shimshonit | Feb 19, 2008 8:14:51 PM

I'll second the call for the cornbread muffin recipe. I've been searching for a recipe that gets just the right amount of sweetness without completely blocking out the earthy corn goodness.

Care to share the wealth?

Posted by: Hillel | Feb 19, 2008 9:16:47 PM

Is today a holiday I haven't heard of or something? How'd you manage that and still get to work and the kids to school?

I am in awe.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Feb 19, 2008 9:46:45 PM

There you go, making us guys look bad again.

In my own case, I am a) married to a professional chef, and b) have been known to burn a pot of water, so my reluctance to invade my wife's kitchen sanctum is quite understandable. Laudable, even. Still...grrrr....

Posted by: psachya | Feb 19, 2008 10:12:25 PM

Wow... it's finally happened. You've become Dad! Nice... very nice.

Posted by: Val | Feb 19, 2008 11:13:33 PM

Aww, that's really sweet (and sounds delicious!) Hope you had a fun morning with the snow! :)

Posted by: Irina | Feb 20, 2008 12:17:32 AM

Rac hel... No, there was plenty of freezing rain as well. Don't think we are having it any easier than you! :-)

Eli... I'll have to go find the recipe in the book. Stand by.

Maya... Sounds like you hooked a good one. :-)

Jack... Close.

Erica... It only occurred to me that pictures might have been nice as I was washing the dishes afterwards. Oh well... at least I can post the recipe... stand by.

Alan T. ... So you're saying a lack of snow is responsible for your unwillingness to spoil your beautiful bride? Nice! ;-)

Tzip... Pretty much every large supermarket carries at least one, and sometimes two, kinds of cheddar. But if you want a better selection, the cheese store in the middle of Mahane Yehuda has an incredible variety... including at least four kinds of cheddar ranging from mild to sharp.

Shimshonit... seconded.

Hillel... stand by.

Doctor Bean... I know that the whole 'snow day' thing may be hard for your LA types to fathom, but when we get snow here they actually close the roads... meaning the kids are home and so are most of the parents.

psachya... You know, my wife is a professional artist, but she still melts when the kids make her a home-made card or drawing. Give it a try... she'll appreciate the effort.

Val... Very funny.

Irina... Actually, I worked for most of the day from home... but it was fun being near the kids.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Feb 20, 2008 10:24:58 AM

OK, now I have to brag. I recently cooked for a fancy soiree for 16 people.
And no one went home hungry or sufferring from food poisoning.

Posted by: QuietusLeo | Feb 20, 2008 1:03:25 PM

Sweetie, I know you read Dave's blog. Hint Hint

Posted by: jaime | Feb 25, 2008 3:33:51 PM

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