14 Mar 2017
in Breads, food, health, Lunch, recipes
Tags: apples, bread, cheese, eggs, French toast, sandwiches
March in Ontario has us all looking forward to spring. And along with that comes a welcome school break – a whole week of free time!
Let’s help Mom and Dad survive March madness by getting creative. We’ll make them lunch!
Start with a loaf of fresh whole-grain bread. Add eggs, low-fat milk and some nice seasonings. Then fill with fruit or low-sugar jams, and cheese or nut butter. Use any combination of fruit and protein fillings your heart desires. Sweeten your sandwich with a touch of mineral-rich maple syrup, a time-tested spring tonic offered up by our Canadian forests. And you have a lunch anybody would definitely come home for.
Kids, put on your chef hats and get to work on this easy recipe. And remember to clean up afterwards, perhaps while singing about peanut butter. All recipes should be this simple!
I soaked my bread in egg, milk, and seasonings in this Pyrex bowl.
French toast sandwiches with apples and gouda
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 apple, sliced (MacIntosh or other good baking apple is best. My Granny Smith was good, but remained a little crunchy after baking.)
- 3 ounces cheese (brie, gorgonzola, mild cheddar, gouda, goat cheese or whatever kind you like)
- 1 tablespoon oil (coconut or canola), flavored with a dab of butter
Cooking French toast sandwiches
Cooking French toast sandwiches
Cooking French toast sandwiches
Cooking French toast sandwiches
As you can see, I made just one sandwich, so I cut amounts in half.
If your frying pan won’t hold two sandwiches lying flat in a single layer
(like mine doesn’t), fry the bottoms of your sandwiches one at a time.
Transfer them to a second, larger pan for the oven portion of the cooking and continue from there.
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
- Whisk the eggs with the milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a shallow bowl.
- Soak 4 slices of bread in the egg mixture, turning once, until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Slice the cheese thinly and core and slice the apples. See TIP (below) for slicing apples easily.
- In an oven-safe skillet big enough to hold two sandwiches, melt a dab of butter with the oil over medium heat.
- Cook two slices of bread in the oil until golden on the bottom.
- Layer the frying bread slices with the cheese, then cover the cheese evenly with the apples.
- Cover the two filled slices with a second slice of eggy bread.
- Flip the sandwiches and move the pan into the oven, preheated to 350F.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bottoms are golden.
- Remove and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, if you want.
Try smearing one of the slices in your sandwich with nut butter and soak the other side in the egg mixture. Top the nut butter with banana slices or even pear or papaya slices if you want to be more original. Then finish your sandwich as described above.
Experiment with different kinds of bread – try sourdough, croissants (you can get whole wheat ones, these days), or even a fresh rye.
Sweeten the egg mixture with liquid stevia and omit the syrup topping. This option would appeal to folks who want to eliminate added sugar in their meal plans. It’s what I did. The sandwich tasted amazing. Avoiding added sugar lowers the glycemic index of your lunch. It’s especially important for people who want to avoid chronic diseases, like diabetes or fatty liver. Or enjoy your sandwich with only its natural sweetness.
Remove core by slicing in from the bottom of the apple
- Cut your apple in half with stem end up and slice downwards to the bottom.
- With flat side down, cut each of the halves in half again, along the core.
- Take each quarter and angle your knife from the bottom of the core to dead centre (see picture).
- Then twist and press upwards on the knife. The core pops out easily, without breaking the piece in half. Don’t try this from the stem end, or the segment will break.
- Finally, cut each quarter into thin slices, about 2 mm wide.
- Any slices left over after filling your sandwich make nice plate decorations.
- Check out an earlier post for info on apple nutrition.
Any way you slice it, have an amazing March break. Let Vinny know here all the amazing things you are doing (and eating) over your week away from school.
09 Aug 2016
in food, health, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: eggs, lycopene, nutrition, tomatoes, vinaigrette
Vinny pays homage to the tomato
Vinny has been remiss! That means he’s made a big mistake, has been careless, or both. For although he has featured tomatoes in many posts, especially those where he is extolling the virtues of a bunch of super foods, he’s never devoted a post solely to these delicious vegetables… er, fruits, actually. More
02 Aug 2016
in Desserts, food
Tags: cream, custard, eggs, pastry, Slovenia
We just got home from a wonderful visit to Europe. One of our pleasures this trip was a leisurely tour of the small country of Slovenia. It’s a land where fairy tales come true. And to prove it, I’m posting a recipe for the heavenly Bled Cream Cake. More
02 Mar 2016
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, stories
Tags: avoiding sugar, baking, cake, chocolate, cream cheese, eggs, goat cheese, Pi Day
A cake suitable for Pi day, photo by Tip Junkie
The story behind Pi day
Normally, I’d choose a pie to celebrate the math constant π (Pi = 3.14159…) on its special day, which is coming upon us soon. Scientists the world over will likely be tucking into a delicious slice of one, perhaps a banana cream or pecan pie, More
19 Jan 2016
in Appetizers, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: casseroles, cream, easy recipes, eggs, goat cheese, leeks, pears, quiche
A crustless quiche with a difference
Vinny’s blogged about pears, leeks, and goat cheese before. But here they team up to give you something a bit different. Sweet and savory meld to make an unusual main course for lunch or a spectacular beginning to a fancy dinner. And except for the chopping, it’s easy! More
17 Nov 2015
in Breakfast foods, food, recipes, Salads
Tags: cheese, eggs, meringues, spinach
Egg clouds crown your salads.
This is an easy and impressive dish if you prepare all your ingredients ahead and save making the eggs till the end.
I saw these clouds while surfing for egg dishes and meringues last week. Then I discovered that Rachael Ray herself had copied my take on this idea (haha).
Although most people might like to serve egg clouds for breakfast, my spin involves crowning a lunch-time salad with them. More
27 Oct 2015
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: eggs, halloween, meringues, nutrition, protein, Stevia, sugar
Here’s another easy recipe for small fingers. Kids learn how to separate eggs. Then they can make up these cute, tasty little Halloween ghosts and marvel at the mysteries of food chemistry.
Use eggs at room temperature for frothiest results. Or put eggs from fridge into warm water for 5 minutes or so to warm them up. More
06 Oct 2015
in books, Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes
Tags: cheese, easy recipes, eggs, kale, nutrition, onions, Redwall Abbey, tomatoes
Crispy egg ‘N onion hogbake
This recipe, inspired by the Redwall Cookbook for kids, has nothing to do with pigs. For the life of me, I can’t come up with a reason that explains why they named it a hogbake. Perhaps it’s a typo, and they meant to call it a henbake.
Regardless, I loved its simple healthy ingredients. More
18 Aug 2015
in Desserts, health, recipes
Tags: British, custard, dried fruit, eggs, fats, shortening, steamed pudding, suet
Vinny’s “skinny” Spotted Puddink
Get the kids together and make a “skinny” version of Spotted Dick, a traditional English steamed pudding. Cook up Harry Potter’s favorite dessert at Hogwarts just in time for the new school year and make some magic happen! More
07 Apr 2015
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: cranberries, eggs, goat cheese
Goat’s milk makes great cheese!
Why goat cheese?
Goat cheese is my go-to cheese on a daily basis. I love it because of its creamy texture and crisp, tart taste. It’s perfect in my omelets and on top of my leafy greens at lunch.
But it’s also packed with great nutrition. When it comes to fat and calories, goat cheese has the advantage over cheese made from cow’s milk. More
17 Feb 2015
in books, Breakfast foods, Desserts, food, recipes, science
Tags: cherries, corn, custard, easy recipes, eggs, labels, processed foods, reviews
What’s for dinner?
Once upon a time some friends formed a neighborhood reading salon. One night they slogged through the snow to sit by a fire together and discuss a book Michael Pollan wrote nearly 10 years ago — The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Pollan’s story lifts the blinders to show where our food comes from, just as deftly as if he wrote it, well, yesterday.
03 Feb 2015
in Desserts, Drinks, food, health, recipes
Tags: children, eggnog, eggs, meringue
Dali’s hen house
In my previous post, I talked about making eggnog from scratch using fresh clean unbroken eggs, cracking them carefully, and allowing them to cure in sugar and alcohol. Raw eggs are generally safe for healthy people.
If you are cooking for young children, pregnant mamas, the elderly, or people with weak immune systems, though, you won’t want to risk serving them raw eggs. But hey, you don’t have to ditch your favorite recipes. More
27 Jan 2015
in Drinks, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: chicken, Christmas, eggnog, eggs, food industry
Cup of good cheer comes at a price
I’ve just read Mike Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma. Eye-roll. Will I ever eat again?
Eggs and chicken are mainstays of my diet. But Pollan has lifted the curtain for me on the often shocking truths behind industrially raised chickens. They’re jammed into spaces so small, the poor animals try to peck each other to death. The answer, according to chicken producers? Off with their beaks. More
18 Nov 2014
in Appetizers, Breakfast foods, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: chocolate, easy recipes, eggs, grilled cheese, peanut butter, sandwich
Iron out the wrinkles on your next grilled cheese
I’m not sure we should let the little dears in our lives in on this trick… But if you’re ever stuck in a hotel room with no cooking facilities and limited cash for eating out, you can get by with an iron!
I’m not kidding. It’s simple! More
30 Sep 2014
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes, Salads, stories
Tags: beets, eggs, gall bladder, Greek yogurt
“Oww. Yikes! Moan…” said Jack, clutching the source of his agony with greasy hands… his bloated belly.
“Hey, Man,” said a worried Vinny. “What in heck did you eat this time, to cause all this grief?”
“All I had was a bite of Mama’s fish and chips. You know I don’t usually eat fried stuff, Vinny. But Mama’s fish and chips? I just couldn’t turn that down, and…” Just then another cramp hit, sending Jack into spasms of pain.
11 Apr 2014
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes
Tags: bananas, blood sugar, cinnamon, easy recipes, eggs, gluten free, memory, mood, Mothers Day, nutrition, pancake, spices
Banana crepes banish the blues with just two ingredients…
No lie. This is the easiest pancake recipe on the planet. Make this gorgeous breakfast crepe from only two ingredients. Forget the milk and the flour. All you need are eggs and bananas. Sprinkle some cinnamon to garnish. Then wave good-bye to Little Boy Blue. More
05 Nov 2013
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: birthday, cake, eggs, family, fruit, gluten free, nuts, presentation, sugar
The gluten-free birthday cake challenge
Totally in awe is the only way to describe my state at 1:00 am on the eve of my sister’s birthday, as I stared at my work.
I had been in desperate need of a cake. Not just any cake… but a gluten-free confection, so the birthday girl could have some, too.
Chef Janet Rörschåch’s blog suggested a beautiful angel-light cake made from eggs and ground nuts, decorated with vanilla-infused fruit and boozy whipped cream.
The pièce de resistance was glittering threads of sugar, spun from hazel nut centers. Perfect! More
11 Jun 2013
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes
Tags: cultivation, easy recipe, eggs, farming, mushrooms, nutrition, omelets, vitamin D
Add sunlight and grow your own vitamin D! Mushrooms are the only item in your produce section that can provide this important nutrient.
Grow your own mushrooms
Enjoy Vinny’s photo story about the magical mushroom garden he grew in his own home. Put your store-bought mushrooms in a sunny window with the gills facing up and increase their vitamin D content in a 2 days by up to 1000 times. “Majic!!!” Then make yourself a tasty, easy mushroom omelet, packed with vitamin D.
Check out the recipe at the end of this post.
15 May 2013
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, eggs, humor, nutrition, Stevia, sugar
Angel food cake iced with avocado cream
If a kid can read, he can likely cook. But the watchful eye of experience is a wonderful thing. Witness the action in Vinny’s one-act play and decide for yourself… More
26 Mar 2013
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: balanced meals, carbohydrates, Easter, eggs, family, humor, minerals, nutrition, presentation, protein, vegetables, vitamins
Humpty on the half-shell, with hard-boiled egg and beets on toast
“What experiments are we doing, today, Vinny?’ asks Will, poking his head into my basket of vegetables.
“So many ways to cook eggs for breakfast,” says Vinny with glee. “Today, we’re going to try three of them.” More
19 Mar 2013
in Breakfast foods, Desserts, Drinks, health, recipes
Tags: balanced meals, children, curd, custard, eggs, icing, lemons, topping
Daily cup of warm water with lemon… a Miracle Worker?
I don’t like sour. But Dr. Mike of 17-day diet fame advises a glass of warm water spiked with the juice of half a lemon every morning…the minute we get up.
At first this sounded dire… like voodoo… a magic-potion sort of thing straight out of the pages of Lemony Snicket. But in the interests of scientific experimentation, I gave it a shot.
25 Dec 2012
in Desserts, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: apricots, avoiding sugar, children, Christmas, custard, eggs, fiber, ginger, mood, Stevia, vitamins
Tell us to go out and buy!
So says Tom Lehrer, mathematician, teacher, lyricist, pianist, composer, singer/songwriter and all round great guy. He wasn’t much impressed with the consumerism that Christmas often embodies. His little holiday ditty from the 1960s is just as relevant today as it was when he penned it:
Christmas time is here, by golly,
Disapproval would be folly.
Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don’t say when.
This year we’re trying to fill our cups and plates, not with folly, but with great-tasting foods that feed our bodies and minds with goodness. Our host of angels are made from More
22 Jun 2012
in books, Drinks, food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: British, children, cook books, custard, drinks, eggs, fruit, reviews, shrimps, tea, traditions, vegetables
Cooking up stories from Redwall Abbey
These traditional recipes were born during the scarce years of the Second World War… but many probably go back much farther than that, handed down by mothers and mother’s mothers in Britain ever since they began to grow potatoes and cabbages. More
22 May 2012
in food, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: asparagus, cheese, eggs, family, fats, food safety, goats, ground ivy, herbs, meat, milk, wild plants
What little lambs eat may not be so good for kids of the human variety. But one kind of ivy is a plant people have been eating for nearly ever. More
03 May 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Main dishes, recipes, Soups, stories
Tags: antioxidants, blood, bones, broccoli, cancer, eggs, eyes, fast food, fiber, heart, immunity, minerals, nutrition, stir fry, vegetables
Brocky Lee’s Slaw fortifies a lunch-time soup
Brocky Lee is a fine fellow. He’s a member of a well-recognized vegetable family, the Cabbages. Many of Brocky’s famous cousins include such luminaries as Sir Cauliflower, Mr. Kale, the brothers Radish and Turnip, and the little Missies Brussels Sprouts and Arugula. More
12 Apr 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: British, Christmas, custard, desserts, eggs, fats, fruit, rhymes, shortening, steamed pudding, suet, traditions
Spotted Puddink in English tea cups, with stirred vanilla custard
Flour of England, fruit of Spain,
Met together in a shower of rain;
Put in a bag tied round with a string;
If you’ll tell me this riddle,
I’ll give you a ring.
You may have already guessed the answer to this little riddle: steamed pudding!
18 Jan 2012
in Desserts, food, recipes, science
Tags: chemistry, children, custard, desserts, eggs, experiments, fats, pudding, sauces, sol, tasting
Custard fight – “Baked” dukes it out with “Stirred”
James Bond may have taken his martinis stirred. But in a recent egg custard duel, Stirred came in a far second-best behind Baked!
See for yourself. More
26 Dec 2011
in Breads, Breakfast foods, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: brain, Christmas, eggs, eyes, family, fats, mood, nutrition, presentation, protein, Valentine's day
Love on toast!
Here’s a twist on a favorite recipe that has love written all over it… a heart-y breakfast to get the family into a peaceful mood for Christmas. It’s made with eggs, Vinny’s theme in recent posts.
Eggs often get a bad rap in the press. But they have lots going for them, More
15 Dec 2011
in food, health, recipes, science
Tags: anthocyanins, cabbage, chemistry, color, eggs, experiments, immunity, mood, murre, presentation, tasting
Murre egg? Afraid not!
How you serve up a meal is often more important than what you serve. Food that looks different from what you’d expect can put you off. Or, it might just be fascinating!
Rumor has it that prospectors ate blue eggs during the gold rush… More
01 Dec 2011
in food, science
Tags: biology, color, eggs, murre, trivia, wild foods
Lovely murre egg
You can’t believe everything you read… But there is always a grain of truth behind every lie. And the Internet is a wonderful tool for digging out the facts. More
06 Oct 2011
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, beets, color, eggs, pickles, presentation, protein, snacks
Pink up your pickled eggs for even more pizzaz!
Like pickles? Then maybe this easy recipe from Auntie Marlene will tickle your taste buds. Pickled eggs make a healthy snack, whenever hunger fangs sink their teeth into you and dinnertime isn’t anywhere in sight. More
15 Apr 2011
in books, food, Holiday foods
Tags: bones, children, Easter, eggs, horseradish, lamb, matzah, mood, Passover, reviews, traditions
What do a roasted bone, a hard-boiled egg, and some horseradish root have in common? They all find themselves on top of a biscuit called Matzah during the Jewish Passover. More
18 Mar 2011
in Appetizers, food, recipes, Snacks
Tags: children, eggs, hard boiled eggs, nutrition, presentation, protein
If pies give you trouble, either in the making or the eating, try this tasty high-protein snack instead. It’s as easy as boiling an egg!
The secret is in the baggy. More