Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Favourites // steamy showers on cold mornings

I’ve come to a bit of a realization today: that we all need to appreciate the little things in life just a little bit more. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of our busy days and forget that life is made up of moments. A lot of these moments go unnoticed. Yeah, we still enjoy our favourite little things, but we sure don’t give them the notice they deserve. Perhaps if we all took a few seconds to really recognize, appreciate, and relish in the smaller joys that are scattered throughout our day, we wouldn’t get quite so exhausted by the pursuit of all the fancy ‘big stuff’. That’s why I’ve decided to do this little series on the blog called “Friday Favourites” - on some Fridays (not all of them, let’s be serious here) I’ll post a tiny blurb on one of my favourite things in life. They’ll be small and trivial and absolutely wonderful, at least to me. While this is more for myself than anyone else, perhaps it will inspire you to pinpoint some of the tiny moments in your life that bring you joy too! Let’s show a little gratitude for those little things in life that make us happy!

Friday Favourite // steamy showers on cold mornings

The house is cold, it’s still dark out, and somehow you have to find a way to peel yourself out of your bed cocoon and greet the morning. You tiptoe across the frosty floor, shred your warm pyjamas and stand naked and shivering, waiting for the shower to heat up. And then when you finally step into the basin, all of your problems disappear for just a second. For one blissful moment you have nothing to do in the world but happily roast under a curtain of hot, steamy water. The best!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Peach Melba French Toast

Today is one of those freezing mid-winter days where I live, and I find myself dreaming of summer and things that are fresh and wonderful... like this recipe! French toast is definitely one of the most delicious breakfast foods… In fact, it probably shouldn’t even be a breakfast food because it’s really more like a dessert pretending to be breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining - I’ll take ooey-gooey, sweet, eggy French toast smothered in whipped cream over a bowl of soggy granola any day! Here’s a recipe for one of my best French toast creations to date: Peach Melba French Toast!
-  1 cup skim milk
-  4 eggs
-  1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-  1/2 teaspoon almond extract
-  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-  8-12 slices French bread (or any other white bread, really)
-  butter for the pan
-  2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar, plus more for dusting
-  10 oz fresh raspberries (or frozen and defrosted)
-  3 fresh peaches, peeled and chopped (canned peached work too)
-  Whipped cream (optional)


In a shallow dish, whisk together milk, eggs, nutmeg, and almond and vanilla extracts. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Soak as much bread as you can fit on the pan at one time, making sure that it is well coated. Melt some butter in your pan and then cook the soaked bread until golden brown on both sides. Place in a 200-degree oven on an oven safe plate while the rest of the toast cooks.

Place raspberries in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl. Use a rubber spatula or a spoon to press the raspberries into the mesh to extract all the juices and as much of the pulp as possible. Scrape the bottom of the sieve to get the rest of the pulp. Whisk raspberry pulp with 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar. Top French toast with chopped peaches and drizzle with raspberry sauce. Dust with more confectioner’s sugar, and serve with a generous helping of whipped cream!