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3 hours ago, BunnyWhit said:

That would be Scrambled Eggs 'James Bond'. (While the pink champagne would be delicious along with softly scrambled eggs, I'm afraid enjoying that meal would only make me want to go right back to bed!)

Yep, that's it!  I can't say that I've ever had pink champagne with scrambled eggs.  How would a glass of bubbly go with your grandmother 's hamburgers, Bunny?  I'm very tempted to try that oven method after reading your description in General Comments. Sounds delicious.

Cheers, Bunny! 🍾

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11 minutes ago, Peebs said:

Yep, that's it!  I can't say that I've ever had pink champagne with scrambled eggs.  How would a glass of bubbly go with your grandmother 's hamburgers, Bunny?  I'm very tempted to try that oven method after reading your description in General Comments. Sound delicious.

Cheers, Bunny! 🍾

 I knew scrambled eggs figured in James Bond's culinary world but could not bring myself to answer: I can't picture scrambled eggs with a low-lit evening!

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5 minutes ago, NoShear said:

 I knew scrambled eggs figured in James Bond's culinary world but could not bring myself to answer: I can't picture scrambled eggs with a low-lit evening!

Here's the recipe if you ever get brave enough to try them NoShear:

"For FOUR individualists:
  • 12 fresh eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 oz. of fresh butter
   Break the eggs into a bowl. Beat thoroughly with a fork and season well. In a small copper (or heavy-bottomed saucepan) melt four oz. of the butter. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, whisking continuously with a small egg whisk.
   While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fine herbs. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual copper dishes (for appearance only) with pink champagne (Taittainger) and low music."
― Recipe for Scrambled Eggs 'James Bond'.[2]
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2 minutes ago, Peebs said:

 

Here's the recipe if you ever get brave enough to try them NoShear:

"For FOUR individualists:
  • 12 fresh eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 oz. of fresh butter
   Break the eggs into a bowl. Beat thoroughly with a fork and season well. In a small copper (or heavy-bottomed saucepan) melt four oz. of the butter. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, whisking continuously with a small egg whisk.
   While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fine herbs. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual copper dishes (for appearance only) with pink champagne (Taittainger) and low music."
― Recipe for Scrambled Eggs 'James Bond'.[2]

 Peebs, I've been asked by a representative of Ian Fleming's estate to surrender all James Bond novels from my library:   

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1 hour ago, NoShear said:

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Took me a second to realize that's an egg there on the handle. At first glance, the black background made it look like a PENGUIN. I couldn't believe anyone would have a pan designed specifically for frying a PENGUIN!

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So, we learn from Fleming that "[b]reakfast was Bond's favorite meal of the day". Which novel tells us that?

Extra credit if you can name some other titles in which Bond's fondness for eggs is mentioned. All told, I know of five titles for this. Do you know of more?

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19 minutes ago, BunnyWhit said:

So, we learn from Fleming that "[b]reakfast was Bond's favorite meal of the day". Which novel tells us that?

Extra credit if you can name some other titles in which Bond's fondness for eggs is mentioned. All told, I know of five titles for this. Do you know of more?

 FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE (1957)

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26 minutes ago, BunnyWhit said:

So, we learn from Fleming that "[b]reakfast was Bond's favorite meal of the day". Which novel tells us that?

Extra credit if you can name some other titles in which Bond's fondness for eggs is mentioned. All told, I know of five titles for this. Do you know of more?

 Some additional titles for possible credit: CASINO ROYALE (1953) and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1960) - specifically, the chapter of the same title, I'd guess...

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29 minutes ago, BunnyWhit said:

So, we learn from Fleming that "[b]reakfast was Bond's favorite meal of the day". Which novel tells us that?

Extra credit if you can name some other titles in which Bond's fondness for eggs is mentioned. All told, I know of five titles for this. Do you know of more?

 Here are my five guesses total - including the answer highlighted:

CASINO ROYALE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME??

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Nice work, Comrade NoShear! Your thread!

 

You are correct also about Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond enjoys his scrambled eggs with a Miller Highlife.

The other titles I know about that include eggstaordinary passages are:

-- Live and Let Die in which Bond enjoys his breakfast on the veranda, but no alcoholic beverage is mentioned. Perhaps it was an off day.

-- The Living Daylights in which his eggs are accompanied by black coffee with whiskey.

-- On Her Majesty's Secret Service in which Bond's dinner includes not only the eggs, but also a gang of vodkas and tonics and a dessert of Seconal. 

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1 hour ago, BunnyWhit said:

Nice work, Comrade NoShear! Your thread!

 

You are correct also about Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond enjoys his scrambled eggs with a Miller Highlife.

The other titles I know about that include eggstaordinary passages are:

-- Live and Let Die in which Bond enjoys his breakfast on the veranda, but no alcoholic beverage is mentioned. Perhaps it was an off day.

-- The Living Daylights in which his eggs are accompanied by black coffee with whiskey.

-- On Her Majesty's Secret Service in which Bond's dinner includes not only the eggs, but also a gang of vodkas and tonics and a dessert of Seconal. 

 Thank you for your egghaustive knowledge on the subject of James Bond and scrambled eggs, BunnyWhit...

 I do have a question, but before I move on with any further Bond-ian trivia, BunnyWhit, I thought of you of late with the following show which features another UK detective - specifically, one episode where watches factor in it:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endeavour_(TV_series)

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33 minutes ago, BunnyWhit said:

Cool! Thanks, Fausterlitz! I've wondered about this show, so now I'll have to watch it. So much Masterpiece, so little time.....

 Fausterlitz?!

 Anyway, you're welcome, BunnyWhit, and now on to the next question...

 President Putin recently threatened disaster in something of a Bondian setting, and it got me thinking of one of the Ian Fleming novels. 

 Put a name to what I'm referring to as well as identifying the James Bond book.

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11 hours ago, NoShear said:

President Putin recently threatened disaster in something of a Bondian setting, and it got me thinking of one of the Ian Fleming novels. 

 Put a name to what I'm referring to as well as identifying the James Bond book.

Well, Putin threatened to deploy Satan 2 nukes recently. 

Moonraker's Sir Hugo Drax designed the missile for Great Britain but he really planned to attack London. Not sure that is what you are thinking of, though.

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1 hour ago, Peebs said:

Well, Putin threatened to deploy Satan 2 nukes recently. 

Moonraker's Sir Hugo Drax designed the missile for Great Britain but he really planned to attack London. Not sure that is what you are thinking of, though.

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  Bullseye, Peebs!!

 The launch codes are back in safe hands...

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Thanks NoShear!

 

Next:  Sticking with food, in what book does James Bond eat at Chicken in a Basket?

"“The scrambled eggs and sausages and hot buttered rye toast and the Millers Highlife beer came quickly and were good, and so was the iced coffee that followed it, and with their second glass they got away from ‘shop’ and their private lives and got on to Saratoga.”

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29 minutes ago, BunnyWhit said:

Lunch, I believe it is, with Leiter in Diamonds are Forever

 You know your greasy spoons, Bunny!  I liked that Bond had a Millers Highlife with his food.  

Your turn 👍

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4 hours ago, BunnyWhit said:

Thanks, Peebs! I also like that Bond knows when it's Miller time!

Next: We will never get to try a true Bond signature martini. Why is that? 

Here's what I found out about the Vesper Martini:  Two of the Vesper’s key ingredients, Gordon’s Gin and vodka, are still available.   The third part is not; Kina Lillet, "the aromatized wine that gives the Vesper its distinct, bitter edge, no longer exists."  Apparently, it was a common ingredient in early 20th century cocktails.  I also learned that Kina Lillet contained quinine.  

Here's a little history: "When France’s Foreign Legion pushed into North Africa in the 1800s, the French government commissioned a number of quinquinas—quinine-flavored wines—from local wineries. The goal was to create a beverage that tasted good, while still giving troops the quinine that they needed. It worked. The soldiers developed a taste for quinquinas, and kept drinking them after returning home.

Kina Lillet became one of France’s most popular quinquinas, thanks to the drink’s distinct gold hue and the winery’s incredibly successful advertising campaign. Before too long, Kina Lillet’s popularity spread overseas, and it became a trendy aperitif in post-Prohibition America, as well.

Over time, Americans’ tastes changed. Lillet did, too. In 1986, under pressure from the international market, the winemakers removed most of Lillet’s quinine and dropped the Kina label (in French, “kina” is another word for quinine). The result was “fresher, fruitier, and less bitter.” The winery called it Lillet Blanc, and it’s been available ever since."

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Outstanding job, Peebs! 🍸

I kind of chuckled at On Her Majesty's Secret Service when I read the passage about the "vodkas and tonics". I had to wonder if Bond was especially enamored of the taste of quinine. 

Cheers, Peebs, and back to you!

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Thanks, Bunny! That was an interesting one, It's fun to do a little research. Yum....quinine.

 

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