French Toast and a Sunday Morning

We woke up this morning to find it had snowed last night! It’s amazing, yesterday the sun was shining, warming our bones and lightening our mood. Overnight, we heard pelting rain and hail and in the morning there was snow on the ground. I love spring. It’s such an unpredictable season but that’s what I find so exciting. It’s lovely to have the sun shine after a dreary, cold winter however, for me, the snow still takes my breath away. Of course, as soon as the sun came up, all the snow was gone. We were left with a nice day albeit a little chilly one.

Today was another rare Sunday where I actually made breakfast. I must stop that or else they’ll expect it all the time. It wasn’t anything fancy, just some French toast (eggy bread.) It was good though and hit the early morning breakfast craving. Everyone knows how to make French toast/pain perdu/eggy bread but I’ll include the recipe below anyway. I like mine with cinnamon sugar and some strawberry jam. This twist is from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook, “Nigella Express.” The French toast ends up tasting like doughnuts from back home. 

We took a little drive to the home centre because I was trying to find some green chilli plants or seeds and also, rhubarb. I ended up finding red cayenne chilli seeds and some rhubarb which came in a basket with four other vegetable/fruit varieties: Yukon gold potatoes, strawberries and asparagus. I will start the chilli in pots but will probably have to wait a few weeks for the weather to settle down before planting the rest. 

I wanted to show you how my little potted herbs and lettuce are doing. Coming along nicely.

I think we will have quite a bit of lettuce!

Parsley, basil and thyme.

Last night, I was on the computer checking out food blogs and online newspaper food articles. A few times, I came across biryani in my reading and at 10 o’clock at night, that’s what I was craving. I already knew what I was making for dinner tonight! It’s in the oven right now and smells amazing. There is nothing more intoxicating than the smell of Hyderabadi Biryani cooking; all those spices mingling with the caramelised onions and the creamy yoghurt. As the chicken, marinated in spices, cooks, the rice on top of the chicken is steamed with all those fragrant spices. Insanely delicious. I will post the recipe as soon as I am done eating it and then writing it up; most probably tomorrow.

French Toast

7 pieces of bread, cut in half diagonally
4 organic or free range eggs
1/2 cup/120ml organic milk 
1 tablespoon/15ml agave syrup ( can use 2 TBS sugar)
1 teaspoon/5ml vanilla
butter to fry 

Whisk the eggs, milk, agave syrup and vanilla together till
well mixed.
Heat an electric griddle or frying pan on medium heat.
Grease the pan with some butter.
Soak the bread in the egg mixture on both sides.
Add to the hot pan.
Cook till golden brown on one side and flip
to do the other side.
Put on a serving plate.
Dust with icing sugar/powdered sugar
or with cinnamon sugar.
Serve with syrup, fruit or jam.

Have a great week!