Every Sunday we have breakfast outside on the veranda (there are a few weeks in the year where the flies or humidity are just too much and we head inside!). Pete likes to use the BBQ for the bacon, mushrooms, onion and tomato and I poach eggs inside, do the toast and coffee. Kids set the table and we all try and be finished at the same time!! Though we often say “Pete cooks Sunday Breakfast” reality is that it is a family effort – I love seeing the whole family working together for the meal.
We try and sit down giving ourselves plenty of eating and talking time before we head off for church. Conversation often wavers between silly talk over movies we’ve seen or songs we’ve sung (the sillier the song the better!) and then we jump over to worldview or theology.
While the kids clean up Pete and I stay at the table taking the opportunity to catch up just the two of us.
This tradition started because Pete wanted to give me a break and yet wanted a special time around the meal table. He took on cooking everything on the BBQ. Then we went on a bit of a health kick and decided that we couldn’t do anything about the bacon, but we could poach the eggs instead of fry (apparently even the little changes help!!). We’ve since decided we prefer poached eggs anyway so that is they way it has stayed. To get the eggs cooked inside, I started to help out, and now the whole family works together so it isn’t very hard.
In fact, the kids could cook the whole breakfast if Pete and I decided to step aside these days. Over the years we have taught the kids to do the various bits – poach eggs, the boys can work the BBQ, froth milk for cappuccinos, make toast etc. Though I think the best skills our Sunday breakfast teaches our children is: working together as a team, and getting a meal on the table hot!