In the building I live in, we have a Coffee and Conversation every Wednesday morning. This morning, I brought my Cranberry-Orange Breakfast Muffins along with Bagels and Lox from Einsteins Bagel.
So, having never eaten nor ordered bagels and lox before, I’m standing in Einsteins looking for “lox”. I have a faint idea that it’s salmon of some sort but at this point I’m clueless. I get to the register and ask for six bagels, toasted, and lox. So the guy says “You want 6 bagel and lox sandwiches?” Um…no…I don’t think I want sandwiches, I need bagels and lox. “You mean the smoked salmon shmear?”, he asks. At this point, I’m feeling all self-conscious because they’ve got music and machinery running near the register and I can’t hear all of what he’s saying and vice versa. We’re practically yelling questions at each other and I can feel the guy behind me shifting his weight from side to side in impatience.
Sure…give me smoked salmon shmear, and a plain shmear I say. I pay him and move down the line, stopping at the shmears.. As I pick out the smoked salmon tub, the thought creeps into my head…um…doesn’t Kosher mean dairy and meat don’t touch? This can’t be “bagels and lox”. So, the young lady who has finished the toasting of my bagels hands them to me, and I seize the opportunity to quietly explain, I’m trying to buy “bagels and lox” (and I do the air quote marks with my fingers), for my Jewish friends this morning, and I’m afraid the smoked salmon shmear is not what “bagels and lox” is (again with the finger quote marks). So she explains what I probably want is lox. Inside I’m jumping up and down, yes, yes, lox! She went to the prep station and held up thinly sliced salmon. Yes!! Yes!! So I exchange the shmear for lox and head on out.
While at Coffee and Conversation I ask my friends Doreen and Hank, what’s the difference between smoked salmon and lox…and…could I have brought the smoked salmon shmear? Man, I love these gatherings…I learn so much! Turns out, lox is salmon that is salt-cured or brined and not cooked with heat or smoked, like smoked salmon is. I also learn that salmon is not considered “meat” and therefore the smoked salmon shmear would have been fine. Well, now I know!!
Doreen and Hank also told me about scrambled eggs and lox. Who knew that was a thing? Turns out it’s a delicious thing! Which I made for dinner (to use the extra lox). I’m sharing this recipe with you because, hey…I had never tried it and it’s quite possible you haven’t either!!
Easiest ingredients ever: eggs, lox and onions
Easiest cooking instruction ever: saute the onions, add the eggs and scramble. Just before the eggs are to your liking, add in the lox. Plate. Enjoy!!!
P.S. Also learned lox freezes well. Just so you know.
This makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch item and is quick and easy to make.
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 T olive oil or ghee
- 1/4 small onion, finely diced
- 4 slices lox, chopped
In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
In a medium saute pan, over medium-high heat, heat oil or ghee and saute the onion for 2 minutes, or until soft. Add in the beaten eggs and continue to stir until almost set, about 2 minutes.
Add in lox and stir for another minute, just enough to warm the lox. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, being mindful that the lox is already salty.
Can optionally sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.