Saturday, August 25, 2012

Triple Breakfast, Triple Mmm

Today morning, the routine that we developed in getting Alex ready for school, was not working at all. For some reason, Alex decided to completely ignore what we were asking him to do, so it took forever to get him into the shower, then it took forever to get him out of the shower, get dressed... And it took almost fifteen frustrating minutes to get Alex to put his socks and shoes on, as if he is Centipede from James and The Giant Peach and needed to put forty two pairs of shoes on not just one! Does he understand that we’ve got to get out of the house by 8AM to get to school on time?! 

So while I was stressing out and running after my misbehaving seven-year-old, Varuzh was cooking breakfast and whistling a song. Huh? 

Finally, I decided to stop the madness and told Alex the things he needed to do to be able to watch TV when he comes home from school. Then I went to the kitchen to see what Varuzh is cooking… Oh my, I should have done this a long time ago – some days I just don’t think straight!
Meanwhile in the kitchen, Varuzh was cooking three different breakfast dishes at once: waffles for himself, scramble egg for Alex, and oatmeal with banana-raisin topping for me. At first, to make it look like I am helping, I put the coffee beans into the grinding machine to make coffee for both of us. Then, I decided to just watch Varuzh cooking and take some pictures. 

First, he heated the waffle-maker and poured the batter he apparently just made. The ingredients for 2  portions of the batter included: 1 egg, 1/2 cup +1 tbs milk, 1 tbs butter, 2/3 cup all purpose flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 pinch salt, and 1/8 tsp vanilla, well mixed together. In about 3 minutes waffles were ready to be taken out and looked beautiful once Varuzh dusted them with sugar powder. Total preparation time: 7 minutes.
Then he quickly mixed 1 egg, 1 tbs milk, and 1 tsp cream cheese. Poured the mix onto the heated skillet. And, once ready, topped it with Alex's favorite spices. Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Making the oatmeal with the banana-raisin topping was the most time consuming, so Varuzh started it first and finished last. He, first, boiled 1 cup of water. Then poured 6 tbs oatmeal into the boiling water for about 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, he fried 1/2 banana and 1 tbs raisins in just a drop of grape seed oil and topped it with brown sugar. Voila. Total preparation time: 15 minutes.
Well, I really enjoyed watching Varuzh preparing these three delicious breakfast meals in about 20 minutes (yes, he had all three of them cooking at the same time!). He didn't even break a sweat. Actually, he whistled a happy song throughout the entire time and made it look very easy. 

"It is easy," he said as if he read my mind. "Wanna try it next time?" 

Was it a trick question? 

Luckily, at that very moment, Alex walked into the kitchen looking cute and holding the completed work.

"So can I watch TV when I come home from school?" He asked.

"Yes, you can." I said. 

"Can I watch TV now?" he asked... 

With love always,
xo, Zuma A.
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