Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Wizard of Oz Scrambled Eggs

After Dorothy's little home in Kansas is swept away by a cyclone, she awakes to find herself in the strange and colorful land of the Munchkins. Glinda the Good Witch tells Dorothy that the Wizard of Oz could help her and her little dog Toto find their way home and sets them off on their journey along the Yellow Brick Road.

Along the way, they meet three new friends who need a little help of their own: the Scarecrow, who wants a brain; the Tin Woodman, who wants a heart; and the Cowardly Lion, who's in desperate need of some courage.

After many adventures, Dorothy, her new friends, and Toto finally reach the Land of Oz and decide to stop at a farmhouse for some supper before visiting the Wizard. This is what author L. Frank Baum originally wrote about what they ate at the farmhouse that day:

The woman now called to them that supper was ready, so they gathered around the table and Dorothy ate some delicious porridge and a dish of scrambled eggs...The Lion ate some of the porridge but did not care for it, saying that it was made of oats and that oats were food for horses, not lions. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman ate nothing at all. Toto ate a little of everything, and was glad to get a good supper again.

Although no one knows exactly how those scrambled eggs were made that day, you can try this simple recipe, so long as your parents say it's okay:

3 large eggs
6 teaspoons (1 teaspoon for each egg) low-fat milk
3 dashes of salt (1 dash for every two eggs)
1 Tablespoon butter for frying

Heat a large non-stick frying pan to a setting just above medium. A 12-inch pan works well for 6 eggs. Do not add butter yet. We just want get the pan ready. In large metal or glass mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk and salt. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

Melt the butter in the frying pan. As the very last of the butter is liquefying, add the egg mixture. Wait until the first hint of setting begins, then with a spatula or a flat wooden spoon, push eggs toward center.Continue this motion as the eggs continue to set.

Break apart large pieces as they form with your spoon or spatula. You will come to a point where the push-to-center technique is no longer cooking runny parts of the egg. Flip over all the eggs. Allow the eggs to cook 15 to 25 seconds longer. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

QUICK TIP: If you'd like to sing "We're off to see the Wizard" while cooking your scrambled eggs, here are the lyrics:

We're off to see the Wizard
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
We hear he is a Whiz of a Wiz
If ever a Wiz there was
If ever, oh ever, a Wiz there was
The Wizard of Oz is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
We're off to see the wizard
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Source: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)

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