Scrumptious Vanilla-Orange French Toast

Yum yum yummy!

I heard about this idea from a friend, and thought I’d try making my own version. I’ve since repeated the recipe numerous times and it’s always a hit!

The flavour is fresh and homey– the orange is unexpected yet welcome, and the vanilla adds irresistible richness. — Not to mention cooking it will make your place smell fantastic.

Try it out and impress whoever you’re cooking for!

What you need (assuming the recipe is for 6 french toast pieces):

  • 4 eggs (about 1 extra large egg per 2 pieces of bread)
  • milk (a small dash)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 2 large oranges
  • bread slices (I use challah bread for this recipe)
  • grease (butter or margarine)
  • optional: pure maple syrup (I always use this!) & icing sugar (for decorated, “professional” appearance)

What you do:

Grate the zest off of the oranges, into a shallow, wide bowl.

Add your eggs, vanilla and dash of milk to the bowl. WHISK. (I use a plain ol’ fork for this.)

Let the egg mixture sit for at least 15 minutes (up to 30 mins), since this will help infuse the egg with the orange flavour. (You don’t want to let the egg sit out too long, though, for safety reasons.)

Get out the largest pan you have. Set it onto medium-high heat. Grease it.

Working with one piece of bread at a time, dunk the whole piece of bread into the egg mixture, so that the bread is lying face-down in the bowl. Let it soak in the egg for about 3 seconds. Flip the bread over, and let it soak on that side for another 3 seconds. Immediately transfer to the hot pan***. Repeat with as many slices as will fit comfortably in the pan.

Ensuring the first side of each bread/egg piece has cooked, flip them over to cook through the other side.

Set aside cooked french toast (stacking to keep warm), and repeat the process of greasing the pan and dunking, flipping & cooking the bread with however much bread is needed to use up the egg mixture.

Top with your favourite syrup and enjoy alone or with your choice of sides!

*** IMPORTANT: The more of the egg mixture that gets used up, the more of the orange zest that will stick to your bread slices when you soak ’em. Use your finger to swipe off excess orange, since it could end up being too much to handle. (Some is okay.)


Chive Scrambled Eggs

A simple twist on a classic, this is a super easy (and yummy) recipe.

What you need:

  • eggs (approx. 2-3 per person)
  • chives (amount depends on your preference)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • grease (I use butter or margarine)
  • milk (a small dash)

Here’s what you do:

Wash and chop up some chives (amount depends on your preference).

In a bowl, beat together however many eggs you need (I usually do 2-3 large eggs per person), a small splash of milk (to add fluff), a dash of salt and sprinkle of pepper, along with your chopped chives. You can use a traditional whisk, but I just use a fork. Try to beat quickly and well, because this will add air into the eggs which adds more of a fluffy texture.

Turn a stove element up to medium-high, grease a large pan (I usually use butter or margarine), and add in your egg mixture. With a spatula, slowly mix the eggs in a folding motion (bringing cooked egg to the top, and flipping uncooked egg to the bottom of the pan). “Cut” larger pieces with your spatula.

When your eggs look just cooked, remove from heat. Don’t overcook the eggs- the heat in them will help to further solidify the egg. If you’ve never made scrambled eggs before, this may take a few trials to master– you don’t want them wet, but you don’t want them over-cooked. You’ll figure out how you like them best.

Serve and enjoy!

Easy Peasy Home Made Iced Tea

Easy Peasy and so refreshing!

The variation shown here is caffeine-free (so I could enjoy it any time of day). Try it with any of your favourite teas– the flavour possibilities are endless!

  1. Boil enough water to fill a glass jug. (Not plastic, since the heat can increase your risk of ingesting harmful chemicals.)
  2. Insert 3-4 bags of your chosen tea flavours. You may want to use more tea bags, depending on how strong you want the flavour. The tea pictured here was a combination that included 1 cranberry & pomegranate tea bag, along with 2 blueberry tea bags (and a peppermint tea bag very briefly at the start for a bit of cooling mint sensation).
  3. Let steep until jug is no longer hot to the touch.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Enjoy!

Note: You may decide to add a little bit of flair to your iced tea with some FRESH FRUIT, like the strawberries pictured above. I also sometimes like to squeeze in a bit of fresh LEMON, or chop up some fresh MINT.

Alternately: You may decide to slice some citrus fruits and add your favourite berries (without tea) to create a lovely (milder) fruity water.