Hope y’all are staying warm in light of this crazy weather phase. Over here we got at least a foot of snow overnight…with more to come! While one of my friend’s loves to venture up to Cold Spring to play in deep, frozen water, my immediate reaction is to nestle underneath a heavy blanket with a good read. (Maybe build a snowman or two.)
Staying at home inevitably leads to cooking up experiments in the kitchen. And with Sweethearts & Singles Day close by, why not make it a lil’ romantic? While holed up with cookbooks and a hot kitchen, I start dreaming up a decadent breakfast in bed. After a few runs with overly fancy scrambled eggs and dried-out buttermilk biscuits, I’m excited to share Cardamom French Toast with Balsamic Pears.
This dish is the perfect balance of sweet and savory in my book. The tangy, reduced balsamic vinegar sauce soaks into the hearty, darkly-spiced loaf, while the sautéed pears add extra bite and a touch of sweetness. The egg and toast keep things from turning saccharine, though. All that is fancy talk for saying this dish is plain delicious…and a real treat to share with a partner, family, or sweet roommates.
The biggest things to remember are pretty darn simple: thoroughly whisk the eggs, soak the bread for long enough, get your skillet very hot, and cook over medium-high heat. Ka-bam! Delicious, whole-wheat French toast.
Along with tasting delicious, this recipe is a healthier alternative to traditional French toast. The balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants that are similar to those found in red wine, taking the place of high-fructose corn sugar in pancake syrup. The whole wheat bread is a great alternative to stale, challah bread made with white wheat. Also, the coconut oil which lightly fries the egg can withhold high temperatures and positively affects hormones for blood-sugar and thyroid control. Basically, this ain’t as nutritious as a salad, but it’s a nice, hearty treat and awesome for a special occasion.
To sip with the meal, try out a tall glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice with mint. Psst: the extra Vitamin C helps prevent getting sick in this weather. Isn’t it nice that cold-battling citrus comes into season right when we need it?
I hope you thoroughly enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend. Hopefully this tasty dish adds to the fun!