mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
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Photo Essay: The French Toast-a-thon

As everyone in the Boston area knows, last night we had the first accumulative snowstorm of the season. On December 4 at 12:29 pm, Universal Hub declared the French Toast Alert level to be at Elevated.

That put me in the mood for French toast. So on Friday, Nomi went out to the supermarket to make sure we were well stocked with eggs and milk. We had plenty of homemade challah for French toast, so we didn't have to worry about buying bread.

This morning, Nomi and I made French toast. (Well, I sliced the challah at the start and washed the dishes at the end; Nomi had the hard job of making all the French toast.) I documented the making of the French toast because I felt it was important to note the first French toast of the season. I've placed most of the photos behind a cut to spare your browsers the download, but if you want to see the whole French Toast Alert photo essay, click away. Or you can skip to the end, which is a good bit and has Marvin in it.



We begin with the slicing of the challah, of course.


Michael Slices Challah for French Toast Michael Slices Challah for French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Challah to Become French Toast Challah to Become French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



We already had maple syrup and cinnamon & sugar, but Nomi also made homemade whipped cream:


Nomi Mixes Whipped Cream Nomi Mixes Whipped Cream
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Now the fun began. Nomi made the custard in which to soak the bread.


Nomi Cracks Eggs Nomi Cracks Eggs
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Eggs In the Bowl Eggs In the Bowl
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Pours Milk Nomi Pours Milk
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



We didn't want the French toast to stick to the frying pan, now did we?


Nomi Prepares to Melt Butter in Frying Pan Nomi Prepares to Melt Butter in Frying Pan
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



And then Nomi began to soak the bread. Yes!


First Slice in Custard First Slice in Custard
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Soaks Bread Nomi Soaks Bread
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Once enough pieces were set to go, they went out of the custard bowl and into the frying pan.


The First Pieces in the Frying Pan The First Pieces in the Frying Pan
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Lots of French Toast Frying Lots of French Toast Frying
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



Viola! French Toast!


French Toast Has Been Achieved French Toast Has Been Achieved
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




Nomi Gets Ready to Flip Even More French Toast Nomi Gets Ready to Flip Even More French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.





And finally, the reason we have French Toast Alerts in the first place.


French Toast Begins to Accumulate French Toast Begins to Accumulate
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




More French Toast On the Way More French Toast On the Way
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.




French Toast Alert: Three to Five Inches of French Toast French Toast Alert: Three to Five Inches of French Toast
Photo copyright ©2009 by Michael A. Burstein.



I hope you've enjoyed this photo essay. For the next snowstorm, maybe I can convince Nomi to make pancakes.
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