Wake Up and Smell the Bread Pudding
Jan. 12, 2009 1:31 pm
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 10:11 am
Bread pudding: Resistance is futile.
When I was a kid, weekend breakfast with my family was a big deal. Two working parents and five kids in school made for a hectic week, so the only time we could share air space was Saturday or Sunday. And Mom made sure we showed up or else. Maybe I'm just remembering the good parts, but I enjoyed those chatty, silly mornings with the sibs.
Fast forward to present day and weekend breakfasts are still a big deal and for the same reason. Two working parents and a kid in school. But here’s the thing: The kid sleeps until noon. I get that. He’s growing and he needs his sleep. But I’m unwilling to give up on my happy memories of family breakfasts so I’m mustering powerful forces to pull the sleeping creature out of his hibernation and down to the table.
My latest success comes in the form of bread pudding. This simple baked casserole of bread soaked in a sweetened custard of eggs and milk, and flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, seems to have such an irresistible effect on the teenage boy-nose that I’m sure someone could be making money off bread pudding perfume. (If that’s you, let me know if I can invest.)
And it worked. I opened his bedroom door to let the smell waft in and stood back to watch the effect. His head rose off the pillow. His autopilot feet took him down the stairs and to the table. He sat down. He absorbed bread pudding. He opened his eyes. Then I asked him about his homework, which sort of spoiled the effect, but hey--at least he was at the table.
How long before he builds up his resistance to bread pudding? I’m already looking for the next motivator. (I’ve tried threats, but rewards are a kinder, gentler way to start the weekend, don’t you think?)
So tell me, is there a family meal you protect like a mother bear? And which aromas wake up your sleepyheads?
I'm serious about the bread pudding perfume. We could retire early.
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