When I was a child me and my sisters favorite breakfast of all time was french toast with cornflakes. I know this may sound disgusting-we loved our french toast made really eggy with thin sliced white loaf. We then had cornflakes with warm milk and lots of sugar to make it sweet. We would then have the breakfast of our little lives dipping the eggy french toast into the sweet milky cornflakes and munch away happily.
I used to love drinking café latte in my late teens and early 20’s. With 3 teaspoons of sugar and foamed milk. The sugar got rid of the taste of milk ‘cos I couldn’t stand that but loved the aroma of fresh coffee! What I didn’t realize is that I always felt sick in my stomach for hours afterwards and it was the milk that caused it (when I was young I could be a right dunk-head sometimes:-))
Anyway once I did realize, out went milk forever. Those first few years in my early 20’s I stopped ALL milk products (even though I absolutely loved full fat bio-yoghurt natural or with fruit). Since then I’ve slowly tried out milk products again. I can sometimes eat yoghurt, I love butter and cream-especially extra thick double cream (my sisters will laugh their heads off when they read this). I can spoon away a mid-sized pot of this cream in 2 days. And I know it’s almost 50% fat! Pure heaven! That doesn’t have any negative affects on me other than a bloated stomach and being extremely lethargic.:-) The same goes with butter-delicious organic rustic mixed wheat bread and a 250g butter is gone in 3-4 days. Total pig out or what!!
The affect of me stopping milk products had some very positive affects on my health! I had hay-fever, and was extremely allergic to dust mites. My father would constantly scold me for constantly catching a cold. But it wasn’t a cold I found out later. Anyway, the dust mite allergy went away completely to this day. And the hay fever was also non-existent for many years but did return in a much milder form. I just have to be very careful what I eat during spring time. The following starts my hay fever-sugar, alcohol and overeating so no more thick slabs of butter or pots of cream at least during the hay fever season. This applies to Europe the last few years. Funnily enough since I’m in Asia, I don’t have hay fever at all. I don’t know if it’s different pollen from different plants or the fact that my diet has changed considerably since I’m here. A lot of fresh veggies and fish. And rarely meat. Almost no wheat products because the bread (in Bangladesh) tasted awful!!
I have to mention though that my diet was extreme for some time. I left out a whole range of foods along with the milk products. Literally all processed foods, all normal wheat products (I did eat whole grain and organic wheat and flour products). No white sugar. No eggs, meat or fish. Eventually after about a year I started eating everything (because food became so boring) again but in moderation except for some milk products. Yoghurt even today, I can only eat a very small amount.
This is just one of my many experiments at dieting. My reasons were health related and about feeling good in my body-nothing to do with weight loss because I’ve always been thin regardless how much or what I eat.
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French Toast My Mum’s Style
In the pictures above and below I have some rice and a stick of cinnamon. Originally I made a syrupy sauce with the rice blended with a bit of water, cinammon and the light coloured soft palm sugar to go with the toast. It tasted ok but looked like baby sick on toast so was not really suitable for putting the pictures up. I did then manage to get a dark palm syrup which looked much better and tasted good too.
2 tablespoons organic natural soya milk (or organic cow’s milk)
1 medium sized organic white baguette
palm sugar syrup or maple syrup or runny honey
1. Beat the egg (with a fork not your fist:-)) together with the soya milk until it is of one consistency and colour.
2. Add the salt and sugar.
3.Dunk the bread into the egg mixture until completely covered (how long you leave in the mixture depends on how soggy you want it once fried)
3.Heat the oil in a pan then add the toast and fry on each side for about a minute or until it browns
4. Serve with syrup or eat on it’s own as a quick, delicious and filling snack