Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Or something between the two?

I’m definitely a morning lark. I think best in the morning. I wake up with a new idea, that I can’t wait to try out, or the solution to a problem, that’s being gnawing away at me. I literally jump out of bed. The family sometimes find me downstairs, with already an hour of work under my belt before they emerge.

I think I must be a nightmare.

I do rather bounce in to wake them up in the morning for school. They have requested that I sing a little bit quieter. I don’t think they even see my dance routine from under their duvets. Honestly. I am not appreciated. Who wouldn’t want a rendition of “Good Morning”, first thing? Or my version of it, at least.

If it is any consolation to the night owls among you, I am flagging by the evening. No one is allowed to ask me homework questions after supper. Fortunately my husband is a night owl, so he takes over. He jokes that he only has to show me a pillow in the evening, and I fall asleep. If only I could deny it.

One of the upsides of being a morning person is that breakfast preparation is not a chore. I love making porridge for everyone. Or toast, which is popular in our house.

We don’t have a toaster or a grill. We use the Aga instead. No need to clutter the surface with another gadget, when the Aga will do it. The children get super excited when we go on holiday and there is a toaster wherever we are staying. New fangled magic box that makes toast!

Last summer in Scotland, we hired a cottage, with a toaster in the kitchen. That wasn’t the reason we hired the cottage. It was the location mostly. Honestly, the first morning, all three children waited to see the toast pop out of the toaster. With “whoops!” when it did. Much discussion about how the toast looked different and gave a different crunch. Novelty waning as the week went on, thank goodness.

So what is different about the toast I make? To start with it has a grid mark on it.

The bread is sandwiched between two wire meshes that are shaped like table tennis bats, but larger. Hinged at one end and long handles opposite. I can fit about 3 slices in.

The bat is put on the hottest plate of the Aga, left, then turned over when ready.

There is no ping to tell you the toast has toasted, and I cannot recommend waiting until the smoke detector goes off. Been there. Done that. Got the burnt toast to prove it. After a while, you seem to develop an inner clock and know when to turn or rescue the toast.

It is also brilliant for toasted sandwiches. No need for more butter, making it less greasy.

(That’s how we make toast, Val, with grid marks. Much easier to explain with a photo. Or two.)

So, are you a morning or night person? And how do you like to start the day?


10 thoughts on “Toast

  • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I’m definitely a night Owl. Mornings are a real struggle for me. I wish I could be more like you though!

    • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I’m sure your children thank you that you are not. 🙂

  • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Oooh, I have a gadget like that which we use on the fire pit. Think I’ll try it for toast!

    • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      If it works on the fire pit. Good chance it will work on your Rayburn.

  • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, anything to do with an Aga – thanks for the little bit of info! 😀 I am NOT a morning person, but in summer I try to be. 🙂

    • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      The time of the year does make a difference. If it is cold and dark then I find it difficult, but that’s more to do with being cosy. I end up reading in bed instead. Now summer. Well that is the best. Glad to add to your knowledge of Agas. 🙂

  • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Wonderful sunrise photo, by the way.

    • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Lisa

  • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you Curiosity satisfied ! I had pictured some sort of cast iron contrivance lol
    When I was little we had a toasting fork and used to open the front door of the Stanley and toast our bread! this required focus and a steady hand ..also careful initial forking of bread ….too enthusiastic and a slice of delightful toast would fall into the fire box ……(we also learnt how to scrape over browned toast when we got distracted. 😯 )

    I love the pattern. 😀

    I admire Morning people and have sort of become one …but as a child/teenager I was Allergic to Mornings and had a snoopy mug that told the World 😀

    • Tuesday 31 January, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      I remember trying to toast bread on an open fire. Not easy. I don’t think I did it often. I have friends with a Stanley. I’ll have to ask them if they’ve ever tried toasting in the fire box. I think I know the snoopy mug. I had a Garfield one, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it said. Probably dietary advice.

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