Perhaps you ran into a friend in the supermarket, and suddenly realized you had lots to talk about. Or maybe someone's planning to pick you up before the two-o'clock meeting. On an impulse, you invite her to lunch; and sometime these impromptu, sudden-inspiration occasions are the most fun.
What to serve? There's no time for preparation; but you want it to be just a little special. An omelet would be perfect - perhaps a puffy cheese beauty, or a plain one filled with creamed vegetables or meat. Eggs Benedict would be another triumphant idea, festive enough for a party. And so are scrambled eggs on broiled or fried tomato slices. Other good suggestions: corn pancakes with frizzled ham, or plain pancakes rolled around a filling of creamed chicken or crab meat. Add a piquant appetizer, like pineapple-grapefruit juice, and perhaps a small salad; and with the tea or coffeepot kept bubbling, you have a perfect meal.
-- from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook (1959)