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Yep, we were pretty poor when I came up, but most everyone around us was too so we weren't aware of it that much. A lot of Cajun culture, its sometimes sadness but also its joie de vie is centered in overcoming nature and in recognizing and accepting that balance of good times and bad, of want and plenty, of life and death.

It was often necessary to be frugal and inventive. For example, if and when bread went bad after a couple of days or so, this is what we did with it:

Ed's Pan Perdu (Lost Bread)


I'm sure people were doing French Toast in France before the Acadians did, but I'd like to think we made it not only an economical dish but an art-form as well. Of course I'm from here and I have my prejudices.

Mine has an egg and milk mixture with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. My toppings include sliced banana (strawberries are nice too), drizzled with pecans toasted in butter then simmered in cane syrup and (this version) a splash of peach schnapps. I finished it off with a dusting of powdered sugar.

How'd you like to wake up to that two or three times a month Christine? Kat ... Eileen ... gonna try your hand at it? Wanna get on Gitta's good side Jeff? Let me know if anyone needs help. :)

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Feb. 1st, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
ooh mmmmm!

I love french toast and I haven't made it in forever. I've been wanting to make it every weekend. How do you make that? It looks soooo good.
Mike just left to get something for Hanna. she is coughing alot and congested. poor baby. Hope your feeling a bit better. *hugssss*
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I slice some old french bread at a diagonal to make a longer cut. For this one dish I used one egg, about a quarter cup of evaporated milk, a tablespoon of sugar, about 1/4 tsp vanilla, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. For two or three servings you'll have to adjust.

I put a heaping tablespoon of butter in a skillet and toast the pecans for 4-5 minutes. I then add the syrup (maple is good too) and heat the mixture, then add the peach schnapps (Mike would probably like rum - I do too but don't have any). Cover and set aside.

While the topping heating was on the stove, put your bread in the egg mixture until it's nice and soaked, then gently cook in a skillet in butter until brown on both sides.

Plate the toast, slice some bananas on top, warm up the pecans and syrup if too thick, and pour over the bananas. Finish with some sifted powdered sugar ... I use a wire sieve.

That's it. Not hard at all, just a few steps, and you want your pan to be hot before putting the bread on so it'll brown nicely.

Okay ... now about that fudge ... ;)
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
mmm that is easy enough :D I just need to get some more evaporated milk. We have rum from jamaica, appleton estate.
We are getting ready to take Ian to school and Mike is taking the day off. We're picking Ian up after VPK at noon to go do something fun but Mike won't tell me what and where. According to the forecast it will be high of 72 and thunderstorms. I sure hope not.
The way my mom always made french toast and the way I do is super simple. Just eggs, milk, sugar and nutmeg, dip and cook in the skillet. LOL
Mike prefers pancakes but I think he would love your recipe. Have a good day ed. xoxo
Feb. 1st, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
You can use regular milk if you want to. A pinch of salt for the eggs too. This is just a little fancier version with the fruit and the rum-flavored syrup and pecans. We had trees all around us when I was a kid and you could just pick them off the ground. It does make a nice topping but Ian may like your way best. I like it on waffles too.

I hope you and Hanna are feeling better. You must if you're going out. Have fun!
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
crap I wasn't logged in and it said my annoymous comment was added but its not there. Of course you'll know it was me ;D
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
I haven't eaten French toast for a long time, simply because I've been buying dark whole wheat/whole grain breads. Now you make me want some French toast, though.

I am glad to see a fruit on top of it. Maybe even strawberries AND bananas on the French toast at the same time, eh?

My mom liked to mix sliced strawberries, bananas, and kiwi fruits together for pancake/waffle/French toast topping. Excellent stuff.
Feb. 1st, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
You can try some whole grains and such although I might not like rye or pumpernickel. Yes, the fruit is a nice touch and balances the richness out. Waffles are good this way too but French Toast is such a great way to make use of stale bread.
Feb. 1st, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Gitta would probably bop me for tempting her with it. It does look delicious, though!
Feb. 1st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
You sound like you've tempted her before. Is this a common reaction to all temptations?
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Not all.....
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Must be nice.
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
It is.
Feb. 1st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
ohhhh Ed! Amen to the fun of being poor and happy
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Of course it's a little different when you're an adult and parent, as you well know. I think our parents worked pretty hard to not let us miss what we didn't have.
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