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Vegan French Toast

20 Aug

French toast is an old dish: according to the Apicius, a collection of recipes from the early 5th century AD, the dish we now know as the French toast existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire. In their style of French toast, called Pan Dulcis, Romans would soak bread in milk (and sometimes also egg) mixture, then fry it in oil or butter.

In the 15th century English court of Henry V, a version of the French toast called “pain perdu” or “lost bread” was the culinary rage. Then, it was called “lost” bread because the recipe called for soaking hard or stale bread in a mixture of milk and egg, then frying it. Pain perdu is what the French call French toast today.

So, if the French did not invent the modern French toast, who did? According to legend, it was an Albany, New York, innkeeper named Joseph French. He created the dish in 1724, and advertised it as “French Toast” because he was grammatically inept and forgot the apostrophe.

To make the originale french toast, you first dip slices of bread in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Then you fry the egg-coated bread in a pan until browned. Some people recommend slicing the bread the night before and letting it dry out a bit overnight to keep the bread from absorbing too much egg and getting soggy.

In the United States, restaurants usually serve french toast with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar, but the possibilities are endless. French toast can be topped with just about anything. Popular toppings include powdered sugar, maple syrup, jelly, jam, honey, peanut butter, applesauce, whipped cream, fruit, yogurt, ice cream and nuts. Savory (not sweet) french toast can be topped with bacon, cheese, gravy and even ketchup!

People use a variety of different breads to make french toast. In the western and southwestern United States, many cooks prefer sourdough bread. Within some Jewish-American communities in the New York area, people use leftover challah bread from the Sabbath dinner for french toast on Sunday mornings.

french toast served1I decide to try the vegan version on Sunday morning breakfast and I use the recipe from Love & Lemons here  with some variations.

6 slices day-old ciabatta bread
1 cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast**
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
tiny pinch of salt
coconut oil, for the pan

Maple syrup
Fresh fruit ( I used blueberries and mulberries)
Coconut flakes

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup, flour, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Place the bread in a shallow dish (with sides) that holds all of the bread. Pour the mixture over the bread, then lift or flip the bread over to make sure both sides are evenly coated.
Heat a drizzle of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the bread slices and cook for a few minutes per side, until golden brown.
Serve with maple syrup, coconut flakes and fresh fruit.
french toast served

While I was eating this deliciousness I was reading a fantastic book that I’d like to recommend to you  The Lido By Libby Page for more information about this book check my Goodreads page and here you can find a beautiful article about the book and Libby.
the lido
Have a nice week!!!


Macaccino. What else?

2 Aug

macaccino1Oh yeah… I finally tasted the real vegan Macaccino and…. why I did wait so long???
In the past years I tried and use Maca root only for smoothie, I saw a lot of posts and vlog about people who use Maca powder to make “maca latte” (I’m in love with this video) but why I didn’t think about a sort of coffee without coffee and delicious like coffee?! 😉
By the way I bought one pack of Macaccino Original from Iswari and quoting the website “Macaccino is a delicious hot chocolate style energy drink that combining all the power of organic maca, the rich flavour of cacao, and the healthy sweetness of sugar coconut.
This warming nutritional elixir will nourish and stimulate your mind and body, giving you the energy required to kick-start your day“. Amen!!!
A little disclaimer the post isn’t sponsored and off course I love coffee, a giant mug of dark coffee (Like Rory Gilmore I’m a little bit addict) and off course that flavor isn’t easily replicated but I gave Macaccino a try and was pleasantly surprised. No it doesn’t taste exactly like coffee, but yes it does have a rich flavor that resembles it!

As you know Maca is, it’s actually a powerful superfood, has shown to improve blood-flow and actually help balance the body’s muscular, lymphatic, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. Maca is also rich in carbohydrates, fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, 20 different amino acids (with seven essential amino acids), sterols, and more.
You can see why it’s highly regarded as a superfood, so many nutritional benefits!

Coffee aside, Macaccino is a fantastic superfood beverage to add to your diet. You’re able to drink it hot or cold, I personally tried both: cold frozen coffee

hot coffee

As you can see the texture and flavor is rich and chocolaty with a hint of bitterness to it – it tastes like coffee & hot chocolate!

Beyond being healthier for the body than coffee, the drink also leaves a smaller footprint on the planet. No deforestation occurs in the farming of the product, and while one gallon of coffee requires a staggering 1,056 gallons of water to produce from field to cup, the same amount of Macaccino uses a mere 4 gallons.
As an instant beverage, Macaccino requires no brewing or grinding, and more importantly, produces very little waste in its production

Mix and enjoy.

Discovery of the week #1

22 Aug

First appointment with this news column: it’s about things that I saw in the week and I found very interesting.
I just want to change something and make this blog useful for all of you…

Sunology natural sunscreen SPF 50Sunology offers broad-spectrum sun protection using only natural active ingredients. It acts as a physical sunscreen, reflecting the sun’s harmful rays rather than absorbing them and nourishes the skin with inactive ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants, which promote healthy, more youthful skin when worn regularly. Sunology support causes that are reflective of our brand values and progressive nature. They are dedicated to the development of products for us and the environment.

Budget_Six Things Your Mom Forgot to Tell You About Adult Budgeting. An interesting (and funny) article about budget. Tracking your expenses is one of the key factors in making your budget work for you. If you do not know how much you have spent each month, you cannot tell tell when you have overspent. There are several options available to you track your expenses. One of the simplest is a written ledger or tracking system.
Six Things Your Mom Forgot to Tell You About Adult Budgeting

Truth about relationship. Our culture creates the expectation that life is supposed to be like a happy day at the beach, yet we all know that real life is far from a unilaterally joyful experience. Nowhere does our culture present a more skewed set of expectations than around intimate, long-term relationships. We expect sunshine and boxes of chocolates from romance, despite the fact that most of us witnessed difficulties in our parents’ relationships during our younger years.The truth is that relationships are not easy. They’re never easy. Relationships require compromise. They require you to extend yourself for the sake of the other, and they require you to redefine the definition of love that our culture has handed to you. Here a beautiful article about this topic.

3 Beauty Benefits of Coffee: Not Just a Pick-Me-Up! Coffee is best known as a stimulating beverage that helps millions of people wake up in the morning. But did you know that coffee has surprising benefits for the skin? The caffeine in the coffee is known to have good skin benefits such as reducing redness and inflammation, according to a 1981 Seoul National University study, notes Live Strong. In another study from the University of Tennessee in 1978, adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams increased its effectiveness as a skin caring agent. Here three Beauty Benefits of Coffee.

4 New documentaries. We’re always looking for new documentaries to add to our “must watch” list. And luckily, 2015 seems to be loaded with amazing docs to investigate. I’d like to suggest you this:
That Sugar Film: follows the trials and tribulations Damon Gameau faces as he embarks on a body-changing experiment;
How to Change the World: follows the “the earliest days of Greenpeace, detailing the group’s evolution from loose collection of activists protesting a nuclear test to structured organization taking on the whale hunting industry.

5 Barbecue zucchini and chickpea tacos. Another brilliant vegan recipe made by Gena. Because we love tacos!

Have a nice Saturday 🙂

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