I is for Ingenuity

Ingenuity. Def. Quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful. This is key to fun with food! Years ago (Aug 2009 to be exact) I visited N. in Toronto, and she first served me “overnight french toast”. While this is not particularly healthful, it is not bad… butter, eggs, maple syrup, milk, and… bread! All real foods.

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She, being in Toronto, served this with amazingly fresh challah bread. Not knowing where to find challah in Vernon, nevermind spelt challah, what did I decide? This could be a great way to use up stale, frozen bread ends and bits of buns, etc. we all collect in the freezer. If there is one “pet peeve” I have, it is wasting food. Four years later, and as long as I remember to throw it in the freezer, our family has never tossed a stale piece of bread! Love it.

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Daria never loved this dish, and over the years I’ve rarely offered it again, the kids always eat some other (usually more healthy!) choice. Today, they all had “second breakfast”, sharing in this new gooey delicacy. Gave us energy for our huge day… it was planned as a big one, full of connected ness and love, and when  those plans fell through, we followed other open doors. Victoria to visit fabulous 20+ year friend J. and her two wee ones:

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And then off to new friend L.’s house, whose connection to horses is hands down gorgeous:

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What did we talk about? You got it, food!

Overnight French Toast: The night before, lay 5 slices or approx same amount of bread (as in photo above for 9×9 pan). Mix 1c milk and 3 eggs. Pour over bread and push bread in a bit (most of it will just soak in overnight no matter what it looks like at start). Put in fridge for the night. In morning, take out of fridge. Melt 1/4-1/3c butter (I go heavy side) and while it is melting flip the slices in the pan (so most moist side is facing up). Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of bread. Pour melted butter on, Pour on 1/4-1/3c maple syrup (I go light side). Then put in oven. Finally, last step TURN ON OVEN and let preheat with pan inside (since glass is cold from fridge). Once reached 350F, bake for 25 min. Then flip bread over and bake another 15-20 min. YUMM! 





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