Letters and Miscellanies

Hopper omelets


'Left, from top: Dennis Nash showing the omelets ready to go in the hopper; putting the bags in the boiling water in the hopper; all four omelets in the boiling water (with no anti-freeze!); the finished product; Dennis’ father, Dwight, enjoying a hot breakfast on the show grounds. '

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Fairbanks-Morse: Engine? Stove? Both!

It's a beautiful summer morning at the Winamac, Ind., Power from the Past Show. Engines are running, the weather is perfect and life is good.

Time to think about some breakfast. Should we shut down everything and join the crowd going to the food court? I am here with my dad, sister Lois and brother-in-law Karl. We decide to cook on-site.

Dad fires up his grill and cooks up some farm fresh bacon and sausage patties, Karl puts some coffee on his Coleman stove, and I turn to my 1920 Fairbanks-Morse ZA 1-1/2 HP throttler. It has been running a while and the water (water only, no anti-freeze) in the hopper is boiling merrily. I get out four Ziploc 1-quart freezer bags. Into each I break two eggs, add some chopped red, green and yellow bell peppers. Then I add some chopped ham, onion, mushrooms and grated cheese (hold the cheese for Dad). I squish each bag thoroughly to mix the contents, bleed all the air from the bags and seal them.

As people walk by, they stare in amazement as I drop the bags into the hopper of the Fairbanks-Morse. I relax with that morning cup of coffee for 15 minutes, then pull the bags from the engine, open them and four perfect omelets slip onto our plates. A little salt, pepper and ketchup to taste, and life just got better!

Don't look for this application in the Fairbanks-Morse manuals.

Dennis K. Nash
105 Sashabaw Road
Ortonville, MI 48462