Ham and Eggs

When I was about 9 years old, I remember visiting my father’s relatives on their farm near Williamsburg, Virginia.  The two things that really impressed me about these Virginians were their welcome fish fry with homemade ice cream and their breakfasts.

At about 5 o’clock in the morning, everyone would assemble at a long table with benches, filled with homemade bacon and ham, link sausages, pork chops, grits, rice with butter and sugar, eggs, home fries, apple sauce, toast, cornbread, biscuits, gravy, butter, fruit preserves, coffee and juice.  While this breakfast left us city kids reeling, our country cousins would take off in their multiple trucks, fully fortified for a non-stop day in their fields.  The only people with a weight problem was us, after we had been there for several days.

I’m sure that dinner was as plentiful, but it’s the breakfasts that still remain in my memory after all these years.

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8 Responses to Ham and Eggs

  1. They say Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince, Dine like a pauper, this certainly looks like a breakfast fit for a king.

  2. Thanks Marcus

  3. they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what interests me is that in France it’s a very simple affair, I mean you don’t even bother with a plate! Having said all that I do love a good a fry up, and yours looks very tempting!

  4. Bacon and eggs is the nomenclature given to this hearty breakfast by us Brits. It’s a keystone of our culture even if it exists in a different way in modern urban England. It’s probably been replaced by MacCrap or something similar. I love it but rarely eat it, not because of dietary faddishness but because a banana is easier to peel and eat while I’m putting on the coffee.

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