Sunday, May 07, 2006
For the third installment of our "eating local, historically" month, Cranky whipped up a skilletful of Hangtown Fry.
Hangtown is the old Forty-Niners' name for what is now Placerville (less than 100 miles from here, which is amusing, but beside the point). The story goes that a miner got lucky during the Gold Rush and decided to splurge on dinner. He asked the waiter what were the most expensive items on the menu. Eggs and oysters, as it turned out. (And I suspect the oysters were canned and trucked in from back east.) "OK, make me something with those," said the miner.
Another version has the waiter adding bacon to the list of expensive comestibles, and you'll see recipes for Hangtown Fry topped with crumbled bacon.
We added a little chopped spinach to the eggs before they went into the pan, just because it sounded pretty (and nutritious).
It was good.
But it was not expensive.
Almost forgot to take a picture.
Sources: Oysters from Tomales Bay, CA, purchased at Whole Foods. Spinach and spring onion from Star Route Farms, Marin County, CA. Eggs from Triple T Ranch, Santa Rosa, CA. Bacon from Black Sheep Farm, Occidental, CA. Oysters were dusted with whole-wheat flour from Full Belly Farm, Guinda, CA, and fried in bacon fat.
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