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Thursday 10 January 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - DR SEUSS

Zelda would like to thank Theodor Seuss Geisel for making reading accessible to so many, and invite him to dinner.
In the 1950s and 1960s he wrote books which have engaged young readers ever since. 

What will we have? 

Well, it just had to be GREEN EGGS AND HAM!

If you look at the book illustration, you will note that both the ham and eggs look particularly unappealing – no wonder they are not wanted to be eaten in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse.

It seems that I'm not at all original here: many people, including Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, have had a go at this. The logistics, however, prove problematic. Some have used food colouring, kale or pesto. Some have kept the eggs fried (as in the book illustration) and some have made them into pancakes or frittatas.

At the end of the day, it needs to be tasty and look tempting, so I think it is best to leave the ham (or veggie alternative) the colour it should be and focus on making the eggs green. But how? Someone on the internet even tried injecting green food colouring into the yolks, but it didn't work.
So, I thought that spinach was the way forward. When mixed with the eggs it makes a nutritious and tasty meal. 

This serves 1, but can easily be multiplied

50g spinach
1tsp olive oil
25g butter + some to spread on bread
1tbsp milk
salt and black pepper
2 eggs
3 slices vegetarian ham
1 slice fresh crusty bread

Wash the spinach and drain. 
Place in a pan and heat. Stir until the spinach has wilted. 
Put this in a food processor with the oil and blitz.
Place in a bowl and crack in the eggs and season. Whisk all together and season.
Toast the bread on both sides. Lightly butter.
Then cover with the slices of 'ham'.
Heat the butter and then add the milk. 
Add the egg/ spinach mixture. Stir to scramble.
Place on top of the toast and ham. 

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