I smile as I recall my father-in-law telling me about growing up in South Dakota. Born in 1921, he commenced working summers at age thirteen as a cook’s helper on a nearby farm. An arduous bicycle ride away from home, but his family needed the money during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Sometimes he stayed on at that farm for weeks.
I imagine the farm kitchen was rustic and large enough to prepare food for a dozen farmhands. What time did his job commence each day? Early in the morning, before the sweltering South Dakota heat set in. Eventually his family migrated west, but he remained a hard-working and dependable man as an adult.
Amish living on farms rise at 5:00. The men, their sons, and sometimes daughters, immediately tackle chores such as mucking the stalls, milking, and feeding livestock. Strenuous work! Meanwhile, the women might toss in a load of laundry before preparing bread and other items needing the stove, plus a hearty breakfast for the men.
Whether the Amish husband and sons past school-age farm or work elsewhere, the kitchen, is traditionally the responsibility of women and daughters. I envision my father-in-law was surrounded by females. He remained a good cook.
When my own husband awakes at 4:15 AM (Seriously!) he’s hungry and immediately cooks himself three eggs and makes a cup of coffee before heading to the gym. I try my best to not inhale the coffee aroma, and snag a couple more hours of shut-eye.
What do I want right away? Coffee with cream! I could go for hours without eating, but force myself to scramble an egg before I walk. I’ve heard eating protein first thing is healthy. BTW: We never gave up eating eggs and both maintain healthy excellent cholesterol levels.
How about you? Do you automatically spring out of bed in the morning hungry or do hit your snooze button on your clock? What’s your favorite breakfast food? A quick and easy meal that’s healthy? Or do you skip it?
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