French Toast Day

Day 28 - National French Toast Day plate fork napkin white background watercolor

Today we celebrate French Toast Day! A day devoted to the appreciation of the ever popular eggy bread. My appreciation comes in the form of a super quick 3 color doodlewash. Though it was always called French toast when I was growing up, the dish didn’t really originate in France and actually existed during the age of the Roman empire. In France, it’s called ‘pain perdu’ which literally translates into ‘lost bread’ because it was a way to find some usefulness for stale bread. But there is a story around how it came to be called French bread here in America and it has nothing to do with France at all. An 18th century innkeeper in New York named Joseph French tried to name the dish after himself. Unfortunately, he didn’t know how to write in the possessive form and the apostrophe “s” was omitted. So, although the name would stick, credit would forever go to the country instead.

As with most legends, I’ve no idea if any of that story is fully accurate or not, but it makes for a good one. With regard to the doodlewash, the French toast shown here is actually from a photo reference of a version that I made myself in one of my rare attempts at cooking. Actually, this is one dish that is fairly easy to prepare so even I can’t mess things up too badly. The unusual medallion shape is because it was from a leftover bit of old baguette. I continued to buy baguettes after Philippe visited for the first time and then returned to Paris, but a whole one was too much for one person. Now, I wouldn’t dare try to make it as his version is incredible and mine was well… just incredibly edible. This was still an achievement in cooking for me, so I was pleased enough with myself to snap a photo.

I thought about adding berries to this little montage for a bit of color, but instead I kept it just as I made it. Ridiculously simple, if not a bit boring. Yet, despite the lack of flare to the dish, I still remember the feeling of accomplishment for having cooked it all by myself. In the end, cooking wasn’t really my thing. But I do love food and have so enjoyed a month of painting it in watercolor. I hope all of you who have been joining in on the adventure this month have enjoyed it as well. If you’re on the mailing list, you got a sneak peek at what’s coming in December. If not, stay tuned, as the next adventure will be announced in tomorrow’s post!

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Quincridone Gold, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 28 - National French Toast Day plate fork napkin white background watercolor

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24 Comments
  1. Jodi 12 months ago

    Not boring at all Charlie O! Lovely doodlewash as always! Just like YOU 🙂

  2. Cathe 12 months ago

    Oh how I love French toast… Or is it French’s toast! Either way it makes my mouth water and eyes blur! Great Doodlewash Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks, Cathe!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I kind of want to called it French’s toast from now on. But since the guy didn’t really invent it anyway, maybe it’s for the best. 😉

  3. memadtwo 12 months ago

    French Toast is definitely a favorite in our house. If I wasn’t full from dinner, I’d be tempted…(K)

  4. Jacob 12 months ago

    Well your version looks fab to me, far better than I could muster I imagine, and is making me hungry when I really ought to be thinking about sleeping! Whuh-oh! Not so much lack of flare as devilish simplicity, I’d say – certainly not boring!

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃 hehe… glad ya liked my quick little 3 color number. I still remember how proud I was off the real thing. And it was actually rather yummy as well! Hope you slept well and had wonderful French toast dreams! hehe

  5. Sabiscuit 12 months ago

    Let’s hope the French aren’t toast after their next Presidential elections. Have been following the news with nail biting anticipation. Interestingly, I felt like eating cheese just now, so this post has excellent timing. Behold the power…

    • Author

      Yeah, it’s like the world has just decided to give up and end itself or something… things are leaning in a horrible direction that could take years to fix. Let’s hope it all turns around! In the meantime, eat lots of cheese. 😉💕

  6. YesterdayAfter 12 months ago

    Lovely French Toast Charlie! And…I got a sneak peek at what’s coming next month! 😀 Exciting…. <3 😉

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Carolina! 😃💕 And yay! Never know if those emails reach people or not…hehe… Hope you’ll be playing along!

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    Your baguette French toast are an epicurean delight. My kids’ and grandkids’ favorite Saturday morning breakfast is French toast. It’s something I can make, especially with thick slices of bread. I add a good portion of orange juice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the beaten eggs. Then we top with real maple syrup and eat till we’re all sick. Yummy!

  8. Agnès McLaughlin 12 months ago

    Although the look of pain perdu is not particularly appealing (my version I mean )and I would not feel the urge to paint it ….
    next time I ll make some, I will think of your very informative post and it will taste even better ! Thanks

    • Author

      Thanks, Agnès! 😃💕 Honestly, I’ve painted this dish 3 times now and it’s just really hard to get it to look like anything! lol I think, in the end, I’d rather be eating it than painting it. 😉

  9. survivinginjapan 12 months ago

    Looks good to eat. 😄

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  11. Kaye Boggs 4 weeks ago

    when is your birthday Charlie?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      It’s now in my profile!! hehe… I just included a way to add birthday to our profiles so I can give people DO Points as a present each year! 😉

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