Well, actually it was just one egg a day. My 10-year-old son loves fried eggs on toast for breakfast. So every morning, he would ask for one. But then I noticed he was pointing out when I forgot to properly season his egg. So one day I told him to make his own and his response was a quick, “Okay, how?”
Was it too early to have him cook at the stove? I remember cooking at a much earlier age, but then again, that was before the concept of “helicopter parents.” Frankly I did a lot of things at his age that I couldn’t imagine allowing him to do now.
I brought out the pan and ingredients and told him how to do it. We turned on the stove. Then, I hovered over him as I directed him on how to make his own fried egg on toast. It was a success and he felt accomplished. The next day, he did it again with me two steps away from the stove – again a success. On the third day, I had to remind him to turn off the stove when he was finished (just a minor setback).
By the second week, I felt comfortable enough to be in the next room (just peeking around the corner to make sure he turned off the stove). Last weekend, he made eggs on toast for all of us.
Was it too early to teach him to cook at the stove? Or was he the last 10-year old on earth to make his own breakfast? Either way, I get to stay in bed for an extra ten minutes. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to cook next!
Melt a pat of butter in the pan. Crack the egg in the pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Let it cook until the white is solid. Quickly flip the egg and let cook until desired doneness. (My son likes the yolk to be rock hard). After you do the flip, put a piece of toast in the toaster. Put the egg on the toast and enjoy!
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