Good morning and goodbye

April 15, 2008


There was so much food at the party.

The birthday girl made chicken skewers with a peanut sauce. Open salmon sandwiches. Homemade hummus and aubergine dips. And her half Chinese bf brought a box of the rather unfortunately named Ching-Kee Cookie Rolls.

But it wasn’t enough.

Back at home in the wee hours of the morning, hubby swung his way to the kitchen and started furiously beating an egg. It appeared that he was making good use of the last remaining contents of our fridge – eggs, stale wholemeal bread and green finger chillies.

Unwittingly, he was also recreating a breakfast staple from my Kolkata home – French Toast. Eggs soaked fried bread. The Indian twist provided by green finger chillies and mango pickle.

As I drank my night cap and ate pickle-soaked French Toast, I thought about three things. One, no matter how ill or drunk I am, I always have time for Indian food.

Two, I am so ready for my next holiday. With that, I leave for a long weekend in Italy.

Feeds 1:

1 medium egg

1 tbsp milk

2 small green finger chillies, chopped

1 stale slice of bread

Quarter tsp salt

1 tsp oil

Beat the egg and mix in the salt, milk and green chillies. Bring the oil to heat on a medium low flame.

Soak the bread in the egg mixture. Don’t use fresh bread because it’ll just fall to bits.

Now shallow fry the egg-soaked bread for about two minutes on either side until the bread feels hard to the touch again.

Eat with mango pickle. Sip a cuppa or your last drink after a long night.


11 Responses to “Good morning and goodbye”

  1. arundathi Says:

    May 1st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    italy…sigh… gotta go again…

  2. Elisabeth Winkler Says:

    May 1st, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    This is a wild version of eggy-bread! Forget childhood comfort food, this is the grown-up version. I love chilli so much. Recently I discovered I can infuse it in a cup of herb tea for an extra kick. But this now seems, I realise, rather tame…

  3. Dee and Chai Says:

    April 26th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Hope you had a GREAT vacation! Love this recipe, simple and delish.

  4. Michelle Says:

    April 22nd, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Mango pickle is my favorite. MMM.

  5. Srivalli Says:

    April 21st, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    come on gal..same here was wondering where you have been…looks like are you on a holiday!..and you are not on Sailu’s Taste of India…have been missing your posts!

  6. sra Says:

    April 19th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Have fun, I want to be on holiday all the time!

  7. TBC Says:

    April 18th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I make a desi version of french toast often but I’ve never eaten it with mango pickle.:-)

    Have fun in Italy! I’ve not had a vacation for ages now. I’m so jealous…

  8. LiberalFoodie Says:

    April 17th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    glad to see you’re doing better. enjoy your trip. I am envious of you but am sure you’ll have enough fun for all of us.

    You must come back with some pictures to share.

  9. Maninas Says:

    April 17th, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Arrivederci, bella! 🙂

    (btw, I really can see more than those two words, but they’re appropriate, aren’t they? :))

  10. padmaja Says:

    April 16th, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Same here Sandeepa!! Whenever I come here, I see a post of holidaying!! Not fair at all!!
    have a great time!!

  11. sandeepa Says:

    April 15th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Kya re, every time I am here, I see you off on a holiday. have fun

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