A Camel’s Eye and the Great Egg Debate

I really like eggs. That’s why it’s hard to swallow headlines like this,

“No yolk: eating the whole egg as dangerous as smoking?

This Los Angeles Times article appeared in August and reviewed a study that claimed eggs, “accelerated the thickening of arteries almost as severely as does cigarette smoking.”


But then I’m reassured by the government that, “Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods.”

Double yikes. Now I’m confused.

Finally, I hear a voice of reason from Thomas Behrenbeck, M.D., Ph.D., who writes for MayoClinic.com. He said that the yolk in an egg is high in cholesterol and too much cholesterol can be a problem for cardiovascular health. Cool. I can handle moderation. If I enjoy an egg at breakfast, I need to moderate other foods throughout the day that contain cholesterol, like beef.

So the debate ended there for me. Don’t go crazy because you read something sensational. If it sounds radical, it probably is.
Here’s how we enjoy eggs at the Don’t Panic Mom house:

A Camel’s Eye

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

A Camel’s Eye

A fun dish that is ideal to make when you have a few extra minutes in the morning. Try to include your kids in part or all of the steps.


  • 1 egg per person
  • 1 slice of whole grain bread per person
  • 1 small glass or cookie cutter
  • olive or canola non-stick cooking spray
  • salt and pepper


  • Pre-heat an electric griddle or pan to medium-high heat. Place bread on a hard, clean surface. Press firmly as you use the glass or cookie cutter to make a hole in the middle. Remove the middle and spray both pieces with non-stick cooking spray. Place on the griddle. Crack the egg and plop into the hole. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper. Flip after about two minutes. You know the second side is finished when you gently press on the yolk and it seems solid.


Experiment with different shapes in the middle. Maybe your family will start with a Camel's Eye and then end up with a butterfly like us!

This is a favorite from my childhood. My mother called it “Toad in the Hole.” But when I married my Hunky Husband, he called them “A Camel’s Eye.” Big P and Middle E have claimed “A Camel’s Eye.” This is a great and super-fast breakfast option. Serve with fruit and you’re set. Let little hands practice cracking eggs for this recipe. It is quite entertaining.

How does your family enjoy eggs? Leave it in a comment below or on the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook page.

4 Replies to “A Camel’s Eye and the Great Egg Debate”

  1. I remember my grandfather Spafford eating warm milk and toast for most of his evening meals about sixty years ago. As I have approached an age similar to his at the time (68), I find the following “meal” to be calming to my soul and my digestive system. I tear up a piece of dry toast and place it in a bowl. I use non-stick spray in a small pan and turn the heat on high. Crack an egg into the pan and then turn the heat to medium and pour in milk (we use skim) to poach the egg. The heat can be turned to simmer with a lid on the pan. Once the egg has reached its desired level of being “done” (I prefer the 3-minute level), pour the milk and egg over the toast and enjoy.

  2. We call it a “one-eyed Jack.” Yumm! Since we don’t eat beef here, I feel fine serving up eggs to the fam…yolk and all. 🙂

    1. I love that you call it a “One-Eyed Jack!” I wonder how many more fun names are out there for this breakfast staple…

  3. My family always called it eggs in a frame. I haven’t tried it with Rodney yet though. Maybe we will tomorrow!

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