Monday, November 9, 2009

Oh Nigella...

You see that smiling British face there, she will be the celebrity my husband leaves to stalk.

She had him at : "I'm very, very pro self-indulgence."
And forever hooked him with:"Anything that can be eaten out of a bowl, with a spoon, is a fantastic self-indulgence. No cutting, no chewing."

Then in my infinite wisdom went to the NPR website to see the recipes, and that picture pops up.

"Oh she's hot too? Is she single?"

You would think I would I would have learned my lesson with his yelling rants at NPR to not turn on Morning edition until he left for work. But no, I couldn't wait. Now he has a new celebrity crush and I am sure I will be raising a diabetic family soon.

See we are not always good on the "everything in moderation". We don't eat a lot, or anything that is artificial (If grandma couldn't buy it or eat either should we!) which is how we can eat as much as we do (in our opinion) and not be obese. But Nigella here has introduced something to our family that may change every
thing: Doughnut French Toast.

You read that right, she has invited something, tha
t takes a already not on the utmost healthy side and made it taste like deep fried goodness. Here it is in all it's sugary glory:

Because I spent most Saturday morning this summer training for my ill-fated marathon attempt. My kids got used to big breakfasts because daddy was home (and daddy loves breakfast) and mommy would come home starving. So on Saturday when Monkey woke up and demanded that we have french toast, well hubby had to find a away to make it happen even though we had no challah. So he broke out the Doughnut French Toast Recipe. Warning, this is pure indulgence, don't believe me, listen to the story when Steve Inskeep eats it, I'm not sure that has been heard outside a bedroom before.

So here is the recipe that will probably cause my family to become diabetic, or broke...note the amount of vanilla in it (read or listen to the story, she explains that vanilla is in breast milk and that's why we find comfort in it). We used about half, less the second time, because well vanilla is like $8 a bottle! Besides, if my husband got the full flavor he may be on a plane to England as we speak!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 slices from a small white bread loaf or 2 slices from a large white loaf — each large slice cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter plus a drop of flavorless vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla in a wide, shallow bowl.

Soak the bread halves in the eggy mixture for 5 minutes a side.

Heat the butter and oil in a skillet, and fry the egg-soaked bread until golden and scorched in parts on both sides.

Put the sugar onto a plate and then dredge the cooked bread until coated like a sugared doughnut.

* Quotes from NPR interview Novemeber 2, 2009
* Photo of Nigella, Rosie Greenway/Getty Images
* Recipe and Photo; From 'Nigella Express' by Nigella Lawson. Photographs by Lis Parsons. Copyright 2007 Nigella Lawson. Photographs Copyright Lis Parsons. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

1 comment:

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

I think I'm getting old because I shudder to think of biting into that! I have a tooth that shoots hot pain into my gums when anything sweet touches it. I should get more Sensodyne so I can stop being so sad!