Tiny Hippo Meets Tokyo

Floresta Nature Doughnuts

I have arrived in Tokyo and have discovered that everything is unbelievably adorable, kawaii, ne?

Tiny Hippo Eats Frog Doughnut

I had not anticipated how delicious all the cuteness would be!

Beef Curry Puppy

First, doughnuts that looked like farm animals and then I discovered a beef curry that looked like a puppy!

I will keep you posted on all my cute and delicious discoveries that I find in Japan, just click on this link to see the rest of my Japanese adventures.

Fabulous French Toast

Behold, the Fabulous French Toast! It is crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and oh so flavorful.

The French toast is topped off with our tart berry compote and Kahloa whipped cream

The French toast is topped off with our tart berry compote and Kahlua whipped cream

First off, the method for the French toast is from Alton Brown. Check out this video, it will help you follow along. The recipe is of our own concoction.

French Toast Ingredients:

1 loaf of Challah (Hallah) bread, this is a Jewish egg based bread and it is key to this recipe.
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons Kahlua
4 teaspoons vanilla

The night before you are planning to make the French toast, beat the eggs, milk, and spices in a shallow resealable container, stash in the fridge.

On to the bread, still the night before, cut the Challah bread into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices. You may have to hunt around town for this bread and you can expect some pretty strange looks from bakery boys when you ask for Challah (pronounced hallah), but it will all be worth it when you find this amazing bread! Leave the cut Challah on your oven rack with the door cracked open (NOTE: your oven is not on at this point, this is just a safe place to stash the bread while it is drying out).

Next comes the compote, we like to do this the night before but you can do it while you are making the toast. If you make it the night before just be sure to reheat it on the stove top before serving.

Tart Berry Compote Ingredients:

1 bag frozen raspberries
1 bag frozen blueberries
1/2 bag frozen strawberries (optional)
1/2 cup juice, cranberry or orange, whatever you have on hand
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of corn starch to thicken, add as needed, the pectin in the fruit will gradually thicken as well, so don’t go nuts with the corn starch.
1 tablespoon triple sec, or another orange flavored liqueur
1 squirt of lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often until the raspberries have broken down and the sauce has thickened. This is a very simple recipe, feel free to play with it, when I make a compote I pretty much just throw what looks good in the pan and heat, it is always amazing.

Day of the French Toast Bliss:

Now that the long-awaited day of the French toast feast has arrived, let’s get cracking!

Get your Challah out of the oven and prepare your station for dipping. Set up a cookie rack over a baking sheet for the dipped bread to drain onto (at this point please watch Alton’s video).

Soak each side of the bread in the egg mixture for 30 seconds per side (be sure to give the mixture a whisk before dipping the bread). Move the soaked bread to the cookie rack.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

The bread should rest on the cookie rack for several minutes, dip all the bread and then move on to the griddle stage. We like to use an electric griddle, but a large frying pan works fine. Heat the griddle to medium heat, melt a tablespoon of butter on each end of the griddle. Once the butter is bubbly, add the drained slices of toast, as many as you can comfortably fit on the griddle.

Cook each side 2-5 minutes until they are golden and crispy. Once each batch is done move them directly onto the rack of your preheated oven, bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. This stage ensures that the inside of the French toast is light and fluffy.

As the last batch of the French toast is baking, start your Kahlua whipped cream:

Kahlua Whipped Cream:

1 small container of heavy whipping cream
1-2 tablespoons Kahlua

Whip the two ingredients together until peaks form.

Serve the French toast with the warm tart berry compote and some Kahlua whipped cream.

Hope you enjoy!

Makes 10 pieces of French toast and a whole lot of compote.

 

Hardys Original Sweet Shop

I went to Hardys Original Sweet Shop today.

There were so many treats to choose from that I had a hard time making a decision.

But then the nice girl let me try some samples so I was able to come to a decision and make a new friend! (I went with the chocolate covered honeycomb.)

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

This is one of the best recipes for chicken wings that you will ever use. We like to grill the chicken instead of frying because it gives the wings a great crunch without having to deal with frying.

Ingredients:

Wings:

1 package of pre-cut chicken wings, which is 12 pieces with the tips already discarded, or you can get a package of six whole wings that you cut at the joints and discard the tips.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sauce:

½ stick butter or margarine

7 tablespoons of brown sugar

3 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon onion flakes

½ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce

½ teaspoon cayenne powder

½ teaspoon red chili flakes

½ teaspoon chipotle seasoning

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon powdered ginger

 

Method:

Season the wings with salt and pepper while the grill is preheating on high.

Once the grill is hot, place your wings on the grate. Cook until the wings are a nicely charred and crispy.

Chicken just off the grill.

Take the wings off the grill and cover with tinfoil.

Now it is time to construct the sauce (it is best to wait until the wings are done to do this because this way you will not over heat the sauce, overheating turns the sauce into caramel).

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. As soon as the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted remove from heat and pour over the wings, toss to coat.

These wings are excellent with Summer Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette