Taste of Home: The French toast – Savory Lost Bread

Have you ever tried or heard about Lost Bread? Personally, I hadn’t heard about it before, until very recently (2 weeks ago), Alan introduced it to us. And, since I love it, I tried making it myself.

The “Lost Bread” is a popular French toast. In France it is called pain perdu (pronounced pan pare due), a dish that rescues a dry bread that would be lost.

Lost Bread, Pan Perdu: The French toast

In this recipe, days-old bread is used not only for its thrift but also because it soaks up a lot of egg mixture without falling apart. The slices of bread are dipped in a mixture of scrambled eggs and milk or cream. Then fried in butter until browned and cooked. While frying, it smells so good that I could hardly wait to get it on my plate.

Lost Bread, Pan Perdu: The French toast

In France, pain perdu is usually eaten as a dessert or an afternoon snacks, as the cooked slices are usually served with sugar or sweet toppings such as jam, honey, fruit or maple syrup. Since we don’t really like sugar, we made it savory. I love it! It’s very rich. It’s fantastic, simple and easy. Plus, it makes a fun meal.

So, for those who would like to try, here’s a recipe of pain perdu (lost bread):

Lost Bread, Pan Perdu: The French toast

Ingredients good for 3 persons:

  • Days-old sliced bread
  • 10 eggs, scrambled
  • a cup of milk
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • grated cheese
  • 200 grams butter
  • 2 slices of ham per slice of bread

How to make it:

  • In a bowl, crack the eggs. Then mix thoroughly.
  • Add, milk, salt and black pepper. Stir.
  • Dip the sliced bread one at a time. Make sure to soak the slices of bread for at least 1 minute, and flip them over a few times in between to ensure the bread has thoroughly absorbed the egg mixture.
  • Melt butter in the frying pan.
  • Put the bread into the frying pan, turning both sides until they are browned and cooked.
  • Top it with a wee bit of cheese and ham.
  • Et viola! Serve, share and enjoy!

 

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Taste of Home: Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad

I was craving for a salad dish. When I checked my fridge I found apples and chicken, so I decided to make chicken and apple salad.

crispy chicken and apple salad 🙂

In this recipe, there are only three secrets that make this gorgeous salad a star. First, you should have three dipping mixtures: flour, egg, breadcrumbs. Second you should cut the meat to an even thickness so that it cooks consistently throughout. Third is the magic of the salad dressing.

To me, there is nothing like a platter full of juicy, crispy and crunchy chicken and apple salad filled with tangy, creamy dressings.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 500 grams breast chicken
  • Lettuce, dry
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 green apples, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • White pepper
  • Salt

Method: 

  1. Prepare three dipping mixtures. Put three plates on the table:
    1. Put flour on the first plate and seasoned it with ¼ teaspoon of salt.
    2. Crack the egg on the second plate. Add water. Whisk thoroughly.
    3. On the third plate, put the breadcrumbs and mix it with ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  1. Wash the chicken breasts. Use paper towels to dry it thoroughly. Toss the chicken in the flour and shake it off to remove the excess flour. Then, dip it into the egg mixture and lastly dip it in the breadcrumbs.
  2. In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Put the chicken and cook it for five minutes until golden brown. Then flip the chicken and continue cooking the other side for another five minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, drain it using paper towels. Let it cool for a few minutes before you slice it into strips.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a small mixing bowl, put low fat buttermilk. Add mayonnaise, white vinegar and parsley. Add some salt and white pepper according to your desired taste. Whisk until well combined.
  4. On a platter, lay the lettuce. Scatter the apples on top. Then, lay the chicken and drizzle with dressing.
  5. Serve and enjoy eating.

Taste of Home: Gratin Dauphinois

We love potatoes! Whether roasted, boiled, cooked, baked, or fried. Apart from the fact that they can be cooked in so many different ways, they’re also perfect for a healthy balanced diet as they’re full of fiber and provide a significant amount of vitamins C and potassium.

We enjoyed eating Gratin Duphinois! 🙂

Last week, Alan baked an utterly irresistible French dish called Gratin Dauphinois. It has few ingredients but it is oozing with flavor. It is crispy on the top and bottom. It has a rich and cheesy taste.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 12 pieces potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 bulbs garlic, sliced
  • 2 boxes of 250 mL fresh cream
  • 100 grams of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 200 grams of rashers, thinly sliced

Method:

  1. Prepare the potatoes and garlic. Wash and peel the potatoes and garlic. Then, slice the potatoes and garlic into thin and round shape.
  2. Put the rashers into the pan and cook it gently to remove the fat for about 10 minutes.
  3. A Layer of potatoes first at the bottom of an oven dish, overlapping the slices. Then put some meat. Next spread some fresh cream and on the last layer put some garlic. Keep layering the ingredients in that order, finishing with a layer of potatoes.
  4. Put the cheese on the very top layer. Spread it evenly.
  5. Put it into the oven and cooked at 250°C for about 1.5 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy eating!