Birthdays and French Toast…..

Well, you have to laugh in the end! I sprang out of bed as I do on family birthdays, to cook breakfast for your sister on her seventeenth birthday yesterday. But to my dismay, the cupboards were close to bare.  There were only THREE eggs in the fridge ( when has that ever happened), and a packet of bacon in the fridge.

I dashed out to the ‘Apple’ store on the corner of Dupont, and quickly got some fresh strawberries, buttermilk and a wonderful fresh baguette. I would make your sister’s favourite buttermilk pancakes!

Long story short, I had to change plans even after I got home with the ‘right’ ingredients, and make  French toast, as I really did not have all the items needed for even simple pancakes.  It is a very strange thing to be trying to live a ‘normal’ life at one end of the house, while at the other, a group of men are slowly packing everything up. We all thought of you at the breakfast table: a soft spot for a plate of good French toast, and I must say, these turned out beautifully.  It was a lovely birthday breakfast after all!

The rest of the day passed in a blur, packing frenzy, and a delightful birthday party lunch sojourn which Little C’s friends had organized up at a beautiful Russell Hill Road house. What a kind family to open their house and host Claudia so wonderfully, with a large group of friends.  The Fabulous Four were in top form: salads, party decorations, LOTS of food. We brought along a cake which I had ordered from a place called The Flaky Tart. It was about all I could do on a crazy day. The cake was just beautiful. They called it ‘The Road Map of Life” and put little icons on it that were relevant to C. So sweet!

Little’s  C’s friend Hanna has been here quite a bit as moral support. The girls have been helping me with chores this morning: driving around Toronto picking up laundry, posting letters, etc. So much to do, but glad to have the help! Another good mate up on Dunvegan is running around doing some other chores for me: what would we all do without  our friends? Thank goodness, and I love your guys!

French Toast

Best made with a fresh baguette: the chewy, airy texture is best for mopping up the eggy mix, but doesn’t collapse once soaked.

  1. 4 fresh eggs
  2. 1 long fresh baguette
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. butter or oil for greasing the frypan
  7. 3 tablespoons sugar


  • Cut baguette into inch thick slices.
  • Beat the eggs with the milk, salt, sugar and vanilla.
  • Soak a few pieces of bread at a time in the egg mix.
  • Place in a shallow frypan which is nicely greased, and hot.
  • Turn down the heat or else the sugar in the mixture will make the bread burn. 
  • Cook on both sides for about two minutes each or until golden.

Serve with bacon, berries and maple syrup.

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