Now by training, vocation and avocation I am a scientist who believes that hacking is a legitimate scientific method so long as results are documented and reproducible by others who follow your methodology. In choosing my first meal it’s only fitting that I chose one of my diseased wife’s favorite lunchtime meals. While she was alive, I rarely ever ate an egg salad sandwich because I usually skipped lunch and she wanted something more substantial for dinner. After 42 years of marriage, we had learned to live with each other’s individual choices particularly when there was no reason to argue.
My first step was to buy a 12 cup coffee maker which would be about the right size for a dinner meal – a little larger than a sauce crock pot and a little smaller than a real one and equally cheap. We both had 4 cup coffee makers, mine for tea and hers for coffee, but they seemed a little small for anything other than oat meal. That assumption turned out not quite true. While I love to cook, I am currently so busy running her business that I can’t spend all day watching a pot so cooking times must be flexible. That assumption was true. It’s a lot safer to leave a coffee pot turned on than it is to leave a pot simmering on a stove. It’s also less likely to burn the food.
Step 1, Put the eggs in the pot.
Step 2. Let cook all day
Step 3. Check the temperature with a laser Thermometer
Step 4, select your roll
Step 5, Mix the ingredients.
Step 6, Line roll with lettuce, stuff with egg salad and top with paprika
Step 7, Enjoy with wine
Step 8, Best Part, No mess to clean.
2 hardboiled eggs, chopped with knife in bowl.
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1/2 onion chopped fine
1/2 celery stalk chopped fine (optional)
salt and pepper to taste (I skipped the salt)
Line roll with lettuce, stuff with egg salad and garnish with paprika.
2 eggs 66 cents
1 dinner roll 33 cents
Dijon Mustard 20 cents
mayonnaise 5 cents
Onion 10 cents
Total less than $1.50
Local restaurant cost $5 to $7.50
Notice I dumped 2/3 of the mayonnaise for Dijon mustard even though it cost more. One tablespoon of mayonnaise is 90 calories with all from fat. The Dijon mustard has 30 calories and no fat. Eggs have about 200 calories each with 130 from fat or 400 calories with 260m calories of fat. The are extremely high in chlesterol with two eggs giving you about 4 times the daily requirement. But that may not be entirely true as recent research says eggs are healthy if used in moderation. The dinner roll added another 267 calories with 50 more from fat. Since this meal provides 71% of the daily requirement for fat, it’s not exactly diet food but since it was the only other thing I ate except for my multivitamin and calcium tablet and two cups of dry Cheerios, I am not surprised I lost a pound for the day despite washing it down with a bottle of wine. (1000 calories)
Well at this point I would have to say Coffee Pot Cooking is safe and extremely easy to clean up after. It also takes less effort than watching a pot on the stove to make sure it doesn’t boil over and running back after 15 minutes to turn it off.