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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Stewart

Greenback - The Hummingbird


Since moving to Washington, we’ve had a little family of Hummingbirds flock to our front porch. Every morning, I am greeted by this sweet little song bird… The kids call the mother, “GreenBack”. Although there is nothing romantic about her name, Greenback has become our friend. She’s so tiny and hums around with her little friends in the Crab Apple tree out front. And as they begin to chase each other through the trees and

above our house, they never forget to stop for a tasty treat in my feeder. The hummingbirds survive in Washington in the winter. And although the nights get really cold, they still thrive and make visits to me every morning. It’s the most remarkable thing.

 

I looked up the semblance of a Hummingbird. WOW!!! Hummingbirds bring so much life and light in our lives. They are a sign of happiness, healing and good fortune. They are also known to be messengers to the living from the dead. These tiny pieces of life have the ability to show us love with their fast wings and breathtaking hums. So with that, I want to give you a little bit of my love… maybe not through wings or hums, but with a few things that I know best... through cooking and music.

 

At least once a week we serve breakfast for dinner. It’s a thing I started to do when the kids got busy and I didn’t want to cook or think about what I was going to cook. I serve everything from omelettes & pancakes to fried eggs and fruit. Bacon is sometimes thrown in there when there’s time… It has turned into our family's absolute favorite dinner. Our neighbors have chickens and they continue to bless us with the large amount of eggs they have. So in honor of my beautiful Hummingbirds and my incredible neighbors and their chickens, I am tearing through my fridge to show you how to make a tasty dinner out of what you you have in your fridge, right now. And it is going to be A-MAZING. You’re welcome.




Our sweet little Greenback Hummingbird
Greenback

 

 

THE OMELETTE

 

Grab all the veggies and/or protein in your fridge that would make an excellent omelette… Left over Chicken, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Spinach, Cheese (I love Feta in mine!) Pepperoni, Bacon, or Asparagus and let’s get started!

 

I’m going to defer to one of my favorite food bloggers, Love and Lemon, to get us started on making this bad boy. You can also click on their link below and it will give you some really great veggie pairings in your omelette!  




Ingredients for a delicious omelette
Omelette Ingredients

 

 OMELETTE

 

 

·       large eggs (or 3)

·       Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

·       Butter or extra-virgin olive oil, for the pan

 

Instructions


1.  Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and whisk until the egg whites and yolks are well combined. Season with salt.


2.  Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a small pat of butter or a drizzle of olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. Pour the eggs into the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook without stirring until the edges just begin to set, about 10 seconds. Working around the edges of the omelette, use a spatula to quickly push the cooked egg toward the center of the pan. Let the uncooked egg run to the outside of the pan, tilting the pan as necessary. Continue until the uncooked egg thickens and fills in the edges of the omelette slowly, then use the spatula to gently smooth the raw egg into an even layer.


3. Cook without stirring until the omelette is mostly set, then add your desired filling on one side and fold the other side over it. Cook until the eggs are just set. Remove from the heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

 

 

I could have paired SO MANY songs with this simple, yet delicious midweek breakfast meal… but I chose one that fits the Hums, the Eggs, The Mothers, and all the things that make us feel hopeful and happy. Along with my sweet little "Greenback", Brandi Carlile’s song, The Mother, felt right for this pairing. I’ve been searching for the perfect food pairing for Brandi… (she’s one of my favorites in so many ways). Her voice is magic… and this song, oh my goodness this song!! It’s as if my mother comes to visit me in the form of our "Greenback" every morning. And that fills me up so deeply. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. From her album, “By The Way, I Forgive You.” Enjoy.





 

 

It's been exactly 2 years since my family sold our log cabin and moved up to Washington.... 2 Years on Valentines day we landed in this little house after an exhausting several months of transition. And I'd like to think that my little Greenback has given me all the hope and healing we (I) needed during this time. Sometimes I think my mother comes to visit me in the form of this Hummingbird in the mornings... her vibrant wings fluttering and her incredible strength empowering me through her hums. Whatever "Greenback" is... she's beautiful and majestic and gives me so much light and love that starts my day.







 

If you’d like to read more about Hummingbirds, click on this link to discover more about this amazing and beautiful bird.


 

 

 

 

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