One thing I have noticed about L.E. Modesitt’s books is that reading them will, over time, make you hungry.
The reason is simple: in every novel of his, particular attention is paid to food. He is very concerned about what people eat. In the fantasy novels, travel food is emphasized, with army food pointed out from time to time. His Recluce books lead to cravings for olives and cheese. It’s also evident that he has, at some point, had a bad experience with cactus or something like it; in two of his series, he has a food substance that is good for you and really, not very tasty. Both “quilla” and “prickle” tend to be strongly disliked by his protagonists.
But he’s also fond of the good meals and the unique meals, and of slipping in some regional specialty seemingly made of fire in the role of spice. And his science fiction novels also feature food, both the good and the bad.
In the Corean Chronicles, a recent series, one of the common breakfast choices is “egg toast.” That rang a bell, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. (I’ve been tired.) When it hit me, it was a supreme moment of “Well… duh.”
Egg toast is what a non-American might call French Toast. Because French Toast is an inaccurate term for one of the most delectable breakfast concoctions ever created.
You will need:
Day-old or older bread (stale is what it was originally used for!), preferably thick
Butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar, or other toppings of your choice including preserves or fresh fruit
Griddle, nonstick, or seasoned iron pan
Crack some eggs into a shallow bowl. Add a little milk and a droozle* of vanilla, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Whisk them together until they are blended but don’t keep going after that! Soak the bread according to your own design, making sure that both sides are coated.
Cook the bread over medium-low heat until the first side is firm, then flip and do the other side. Serve with whipped butter and a dusting of powdered sugar, warmed maple syrup on the side.
Or serve with fresh fruit. Or use raisin bread (Costco has a WONDERFUL raisin bread that tastes as raisin bread should, not like Sunmaid’s lifeless variety.) Or use your egg toast to make a jam sandwich.
This is particularly good with a side of hash browns. The salty potato crunch is a perfect counter. And don’t forget the orange juice.
*Liquid measurements go up in size like this: a mist, a spritz, a squirt, a drizzle, a droozle, a glug, a shot (actual measurement).