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green eggs and ham

i ask my 4 year old what he wants for dinner a few times a week and he always replies, "green eggs and ham." so i asked him if he knew how to make it and his answer requires that i find a green pig and chicken from which i can extract the necessary ingredients.

anyone got ideas that do not include the slaughter of fantasy animals?

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  1. Aw, I love it! When my daughter was that age we were able to get local eggs that had a celadon green shell - I don't know what kind of chickens they were from, but they were a beautiful color and sufficiently green to delight her. Managed to stay away from green ham...
    While he's in the literal phase, get ready for marble cake and sponge cake... doesn't hurt to though a few large marbles in the batter, by the way!

    1. There IS a Dr Suess cookbook that has a recipe for Green Eggs and Ham. I borrowed it from the local library. Check yours, and check Amazon.com. It's not a brilliant book, but kids would like it. The recipes, if I remember, are more or less euro, so they may need some adapting, but overall, it looked like a fun book to have.


      PS, here's a link

      PPS, I'd have ordered it from the library, and posted the recipe, but it would take more than a week to get here, through the inter-branch transfers. It might be a fun Christmas present, if you can get it delivered by the big day.

      1. I have the Greens Eggs and Ham Cookbook, purchased from Michael's. It includes the recipe for green eggs and ham. The book would make a good Christmas present for your son.
        The ham recipe [paraphrased] includes 8-10 lb smoked ham; cup apple or mint apple jelly; 3 medium tomatillos, husked and minced; 1 cup cilantro or 1/2 cilantro and 1/2 parsley. Heat ham, let cook. MIx jelly and tomatillos and spread over like glaze. Pat in cilantro/parsley until green.
        Eggs: 4 ripe avacados, juice of 2-3 limes; tsp salt; optional onions and serrano chiies, butter and 12 eggs: Cut avacados in half, scoop out flesh and mash with a fork, adding lime juice and salt. Melt better and fry eggs. Spoon avacados over eggs.
        I'm certain you can scale this.

        1. This was served every St. Patrick's day for breakfast growing up. I'm not sure how elaborate of an idea you or your daughter has but all my mom did was add green food-coloring to scrambled eggs and kept the ham the same. She usually diced it up and added some cheese.

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          1. re: enbell

            That is how I had it at pre-school. Still remember it fondly :).

          2. This sounds like something that Bob Blumer, the Surreal Gourmet (and Glutton for Punishment) has tried out - at end of Season 3.

            His ham is strips of prosciutto,
            His 'eggs' are honeydew melon 'whites', cantaloupe melon ball 'yokes'

            Another site suggests that grape jelly turns eggs whites green.

            1. Dad made green eggs and ham for me as a kid - he just added green food coloring. Now I know you can find green eggs (depends on the hen and feed), but unless you're into interesting ham you might want to just add food coloring.

              1. When I was young, (in the Age Before Rocks and Hair) mom would sometimes make grits and eggs for breakfast. On plate, a puddle of grits, an egg over easy and a blob of grape jelly. Stir together and behold! Green Eggs. :-))

                1. This brings back memories.......my baby brother always wanted green eggs and ham but was more into the green eggs and always assumed ham was just ham with no coloring. So nothing fancy- just what other posters have recommended - add food coloring to the eggs and you're good to go. Of course, then he decided to try red eggs -----ICK!

                  1. Ok here's an odd one for you. I was at a retreat once where the breakfast was scrambled eggs for a huge crowd...maybe 100. They were cooked in a metal pan and for some reason the pan metal interacted with the eggs and gave them a greenish tinge! Unfortunately, don't know what kind of pan it was...but I certainly would bow to the other posters and use food coloring!!

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                    1. re: crosby_p

                      Along the lines of the Deceptively Delicious and Sneak It In crowd, we've made spinach puree (just cooked spinach and then stuck it in the Cuisinart for awhile to get a smooth puree) and then mixed that into the scrambled raw egg mixture with a little milk. Scrambled up - can't taste the spinach too strongly and the eggs are nice and green and pretty healthy to boot. My toddler boys eat these, especially if we read the book at dinner.

                    2. It was my favorite book when I was little, so my mom decided to make me the same dish. Well, I refused to eat it. I think what she did was add green food coloring to scrambled eggs.

                      1. I'm not certain that a four-year-old would eat this, but my standby breakfast at the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH (a diner good enough that Allstonian and I make sure very trip we make north of Boston includes a detour through Portsmouth) is called Green Eggs and Ham: a thick slice of toasted anadama bread topped with griddled Virginia ham, two poached eggs and an herb mayonnaise heavy on the tarragon and dill, alongside some cayenne-spiked home fries. So good I'm craving it right now.

                        1. thanks for the tips...the food coloring saved the day...we are still on the lookout for a green pig.

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                          1. re: japhyryder

                            you could also do hard-boiled eggs and color them with green food coloring. then take an empty carton, fill with a dozen green eggs, and pretend to bring them home, "look honey, look! look what i found at the special grocery store!" ...that covers the green eggs, assuming he'll eat hard-boiled eggs... otherwise find a way to finesse a cracked egg or two somewhere and leave out the green hardboiled shells. and ham, well that's up to you!

                          2. Green Eggs and Ham was intended to be make-believe food from the world of fantasy, but you can make it into a quick and easy real-life dish your little boy would smack his lips over.

                            Scramble eggs and ham pieces together with some parsley and a little pesto sauce (home-made or store-bought)