Your muse, eh?
I speak the truth when I say that I digest the universe for inspiration. Don’t chuckle… for I am being serious! Creative stimulus is abundant… literally every situation (good or bad) can be a catalyst. As a matter of fact, a recent facebook message from a loyal blog reader proved as such. Nothing lengthy, actually rather short and sweet… a few words that simply requested a lil’ motivation via my next blog post.
Motivation you say…
I can do motivation. So NB, this one is for you… and hold on tight, because it is all about french toast!
Trying to connect the dots? French toast… motivation… what in the hell do they have to do with each other? Haha — in my world, they go hand in hand!
Define the word motivation as you may; determination, force, enthusiasm, drive, stimulation… in a nutshell, it’s basically something that gets you going. Something that gets you excited, puts a pep in your step… makes you energized, eh? Pretty much, it makes you feel good — and HAPPY!
Well, check this out…
As a youngster, breakfast was my FAVORITE meal. Between my mother’s creations and scores of servings of my grandmother’s “can’t nobody cook like you” breakfasts, I was well feed. Not to discount my mother… but my grandmother was a beast. Not to go off on a tangent and deviate from my motivation topic… but remember the scene in the movie The Color Purple when Ms. Celie was making Mister breakfast? If you can remember the manner in which those dogs on the front porch were hypnotized by the aroma — they were struggling… whining… trying anything and everything to get through the screen door to eat Ms. Celie’s food? Yep… that right there describes my grandmother’s cooking!
At any rate… along with loving breakfast, like many children, I had an unquenchable sweet tooth. The sweeter the breakfast the better. Sugar and syrup were my best friends — a perfect marriage — and their presence at breakfast was mandatory. Cream of wheat, pre-sweetened boxed cereals and pancakes were #1 on my list… and all was good.
I tasted french toast.
Honestly, the introduction is somewhat vague. For certain, I remember eating this unbelievable treat during brunch at restaurants. I also recall enjoying the tastiness numerous times at friends’ houses when they served “dinner for breakfast”… but as for home, for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on the menu. You know I asked… basically begged… but the end result ALWAYS fell short of my expectations. If I wanted to enjoy french toast, that irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness again, I knew what had to be done…
Ahem — did someone mention motivation?!
That damn french toast put me in a trance. I wanted more… and if they weren’t going to make it properly… I would do it myself. But, for someone who’s only cooking experience involved a carton of milk, boxed cereal, pop-tarts and peanut butter & jelly, the task appeared impossible. Haha — and this was long before the days of the internet and Google. So there was no quick search on the web to streamline the process. Nope! This process was truly an experiment — old school — and a massive amount of trial and error!
And I learned…
Through batches of soggy french toast. Charred french toast. French toast with too much egg. French toast with not enough egg. French toast with eggshells — ewwwwwwwww! I learned. Eventually, I got it right.
Even managed to create a “once you have my french toast, you’ll never crave another’s” recipe with a secret ingredient in the batter. A recipe that some several decades later, I still follow to this day!
Most important, I learned what I know to be an invaluable life lesson.
Motivation thrives on perseverance and perseverance will eventually afford a success. How is that NB for a bit of wacky wisdom?!
always use 3 eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and add a little Aunt Jemima pancake mix to the batter. It creates a better consistency in the batter, which sticks better to the bread and cuts down on the likely hood of it being soggy in the center. Nice, eh?
But… since it is a secret, I’m not sharing my proportions of mix to milk — guess you’ve got to play that one by ear!