Sunday, November 11, 2012

Vegan Sunday Brunch, Episode 21: Battered Fried Egg Sandwich


So here's the conversation Mike and I had as we were eating this sammich:

Mike: This is kind of like savory French toast.

Allysia: Totally.

Mike: And you're eating it with ketchup.

Allysia: Yeah, it's kinda like grilled cheese.

Mike: I remember you said once that French toast with ketchup was the most disgusting thing you could imagine.  Remember?

Allysia: Oh snap.

On the plus side, it's good to eat your words sometimes.  Not only does the element of surprise make life more interesting, but it's good to have culinary beliefs shattered, because then your food world expands.  Look at me, taking defeat like a champ.

So here's what we did:  First up, we fried some medium-firm tofu seasoned with turmeric, paprika and salt.  Medium-firm makes for a really nice eggy texture since it's so soft, but still holds its shape when slicing and frying.  Then we made a French toast batter, halving the recipe, sliced four pieces of bread, and dunked the outside halves of the bread in the batter.  Fry up the sammies in some melted margarine for a few minutes per side, flipping carefully, and there you have it.  Vegan cheese would be a good addition to help glue everything together, but it was still awesome without it.


The result made for a really unique fried egg sandwich - crispy, rich, and a little bit custardy because of the batter.  I would highly recommend French toast sammiches - next time I'd really like to try making a French toast grilled cheese.

Roasted veggies made for a great accompaniment to the sandwich - Mike cooked 'em up with fresh rosemary and sage, some lemon pepper seasoning and olive oil.  We used potatoes, carrots, onions, a head of garlic cloves and asparagus (the asparagus was added during the last 10 minutes of roasting).  So yummy.

Well it's been a snowy weekend around these parts, pretty much going non-stop since Friday.  Check out the snowbanks:


I'd say that we got at least two feet of snow, maybe more.  The roads have been awful, and last night Mike and I got the car stuck in a snowbank - on the plus side, the goodness of humanity really shines through in situations like that.  In the span of a couple minutes, three random people came to help push us out.  It reminded me of how awesome people can be.  Heartwarming, really.  Which is excellent when it's cold and stormy outside.

Take care!

12 comments:

  1. I got stuck leaving my alley this morning, but shoveled my way out. What a pain!

    What a great looking breakfast! I want a French toast sandwich very soon!!

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    1. Ugh, at least you got out! And I don't know where the french toast sammich idea came from, I think it was a random thought of Mike's. Nifty though!

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  2. 2 feet of snow?! That's disgusting. I hate snow lol. That is really great that people came to help you!

    That sandwich looks phenomenal! I want to try it for sure, I vote for you putting up a recipe! :) It looks so delicious. WHen I was younger I put ketchup on EVERYTHING!! So good :)

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    1. Ha ha ha, good to know I'm not the only ketchup fiend. :) I struggle with publishing recipes for brunches...they're so off-the-cuff! But maybe. :)

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  3. That looks absolutely delish-what a great idea!

    I can't believe how much snow you got already. Yikes!

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    1. Yeah, it's a gross amount of snow and it ain't going anywhere! But 'tis the season.

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  4. Such a great idea! Your creativity astounds me.

    I'd take a bunch of snow over the endless, endless Pittsburgh rain. Sigh.

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    1. Like I said in an earlier comment, I think I might have to defer the creativity credit on this one to Mike, ha ha. :) And I had no idea Pittsburgh was rainy? Or is it just the time of year? Either way, that would be gloomy as hell. I feel like it's been nonstop cloudy here for over a month!

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  5. Yep, Sunday brunch posts are still my favourite. French toast sarnies? Don't mind if I do. And ketchup is not only acceptable in such situations, it's to be encouraged. Only, that is, if you've run out of brown/HP sauce. Tell me you guys have that over there?

    My first reaction to snow is kid-style excitement "WOW LOOKS IT"S SNOW TIME FOR SNOW ANGELS AWESOME' etc. Then it veers off to old-lady grumbling. "I have to get to work in this? Huh." Hope it's not too much of a pain in the arse.

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    1. Ha ha, we have HP sauce...well I mean, it exists here, just not in my fridge. Not a huge fan - is that blasphemous?

      Yeah, I think traveling is the worst part about snowfall, but if we're looking on the bright side it makes things more "exciting". :)

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  6. Ok, I've ranted about people putting ketchup on "inappropriate" things before, but this is a total exception to the rule ;) Seriously, I used to hate eggs, but I'd inhale that thing!
    I'm knocking on wood as I type this, but I haven't gotten stuck yet this year....I should also add that I've been a total baby about driving when there's snow on the ground lately, people here just can't drive...and I'm OBVIOUSLY an exception to that statement, lol.

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    1. Tofu eggs are superior. :) And it's the same every year, when the first big snowfall comes everyone drives like a crazy person. The best thing I ever did was get winter tires, for realz!

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