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.
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.