JANUARY 4, 2016
The New Year is upon us, and it’s brought with it the final season of Downton Abbey. Okay, I realize that it’s a soap opera in a nice house, but just watching Maggie Smith shred the scenery is worth tuning in. Personally, I’ve enjoyed Julian Fellows rendition of British high society. Of course I loved him as Lord Kilwillie during his run on Monarch of the Glen.
One might hope that the prospect of a new year would inspire a person to higher aspirations than the new shows on PBS and Netflix, but I’m willing to admit to being pretty excited with it all. At my age, television plays a major role in my life during the period from seven to nine in the evening.
It has become our routine to wait until a full season of our favorite shows is picked up on Netflix, thus keeping us from having to figure out the TV schedule each night. Soon we’ll have new seasons of Longmire, House of Cards and Madame Secretary, and life will be good again.
Breakfast is my favorite meal, and Clista has gone to great lengths to make it special. Normally she will prepare an egg, either scrambled or fried. This sounds simple enough, but I’m a little picky about my eggs. I want my scrambled eggs runny and my fried egg with no sign of congealed yolk, and Clista makes a real effort to do them just right.
Along with an egg, she’ll fix some form of breakfast pork. I’ve made a diligent effort to find the best of the best in the meat department, and I can recommend Tennessee Pride patty sausage as the leader in the clubhouse. Conecuh and Williams Grocery are tied for the smoked sausage title, and Clifty Farms makes the best country ham and streak-o-lean. Oscar Meyer’s organic bacon tastes like bacon did before they bred the taste out of pork.
While on the subject of breakfast meats, I’d like to share Clista’s secret to the perfect preparation. She places about an eighth of an inch of water in the pan before she begins frying the meat. To me this is counter-intuitive, but it works. The flavor is enhanced with no loss of crispiness. She saw this on one of the cook shows and she’s used it since.
Along with the eggs and meat, she’ll serve either toast made with Public’s Egg Muffin Bread or Mrs. B’s frozen biscuits. The egg muffin bread, when buttered and placed in the toaster oven, turns a golden brown and has a rich, nutty flavor and it’s not gummy like regular bread. Mrs. B’s biscuits are so good that we will gladly eat them in spite of Clista’s skill in making the homemade version.
When it comes to coffee, we have a parting of the ways. I drink Community New Orleans blend with just a touch of chicory. I make it strong, using four scoops of coffee for two full mugs. Clista refers to this as sludge, and makes her own Starbucks Dark Roast. No relationship is perfect.
My grandson Jackson joined me for lunch at Bojangles and an afternoon of football yesterday. He is recovering from the surgery on his ACL that has sidelined his skiing and baseball seasons. Jackson was a ranked mountain skier, and losing a year will make it tough to regain his ranking. I was worried about his frame of mind, but he shrugged it off and decided to try out for a part in the spring musical. The kid is nothing if not resilient.
We watched Auburn spank Memphis State, and saw Dak Prescott’s final game as a Mississippi State Bulldog. Dak went out in style and lit the scoreboard up with 51 points. He holds 32 school records, and he’ll be remembered as the best ever at MSU. I enjoyed watching it with Jackson, and really enjoyed his witty remarks.
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Re: Frying breakfast pork – In coastal South Carolina, in the ’40s, we had farmers who made, and sold locally, the most delicious sausage, made in links that were about 3/4 of an inch in diameter. My Dad used to place these links in a large iron skillet with maybe 1/2 inch of water. As the water started to boil, it cooked the sausage then started rendering grease, which finished the cooking. Result: the best sausage I have ever eaten (heavy on the sage).
I always enjoy reading your pieces on good food – our tastes are similar.
Love the blog, but hope after the last bowl game you will write something about how the SEC kicked butt with 8 bowl wins so far out of 10. I am up here in Big 10 land and I think they won only 2 games. Betty Fincher Sinkula