Saturday, May 14, 2011

Savoury


Sunshine has made a comeback, just in time for perfectly lit fields of green and “blossom puffs” of flowers.  You know summer is lickably near when your sleeves shorten and you start to crave ice cream on an hourly basis. Then again, ice cream knows no season. Nor does pleasure.

Food and pleasure is inexhaustible topic.  Ice cream in hand, I was observing children joyfully running about after a meal while their guardians laid back in the comfort of fresh air and sun-licked skies.  It was then that I realised how little I’d valued the pleasure in doses of laziness.   
    
Student life adds a pejorative pinch to laziness. Those sleepless nights were driven by a motivation away from laziness, away from distractions; towards a goal. Result? Stress. Remedy? Sleep.  Time? Scarce.  Moderation is key. Reward your hard work with moments of laziness. Your mind and body will thank you.

One morning, the sun's rays sliced through my blinds and woke me up. In a state between hunger-pangs and cravings for comfort food, laziness demanded basics. Bread, butter and all things comfy. 


Savoury French Toast

Ingredients

Note: This list is designed for solo-indulgence. Double, triple, quadruple as needed

  • 1 slice of thick-cut bread (2 inches)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried herb(s) of choice (I used oregano)
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste.
  • Sliced or grated mozzarella cheese*
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced salami or deli

*Note:  Choice of cheese may vary. Great melting cheeses are Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Jarlsberg...to name a few. More on varieties of cheese in the near future. 

Method
  • In a shallow bowl, beat the egg well, whisking in the herbs, salt and pepper

  • Place the bread in the bowl, till both sides have soaked up the egg mixture.

  • On medium heat, melt a tablespoon of butter and a drizzle of olive oil (olive oil prevents the butter from burning)

  • Once hot, carefully place the egg-soaked bread in the pan.

  • Once it reaches a golden brown colour on one side (about 2 minutes), flip onto other side for about a minute.

  • Turn off the heat.

  • Now, add the diced tomatoes, sliced salami and cheese on top.

  • There are two options now:
    • If you have a cast-iron skillet, place it right under a low broil setting on your oven until the cheese bubbles into happiness.

    • If not, turn the heat back on to medium, place a lid on your skillet/pan and leave it on for about 10 seconds till the cheese has melted.
  • Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. My family loves french toast. That looks so good and tasty!
    Best wishes,
    Azita

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  2. Hi Azita,

    Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind comment :)

    French toast is so addictive! Do you like it sweet or savoury?

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