Today we celebrate French toast! It’s also known as eggy bread, German toast, gypsy toast, or Spanish toast but I guess those are celebrated on a different day. No matter what you call it, it’s a dish made of bread soaked in beaten eggs and then fried and it’s delicious.
I talked Philippe into making this earlier today under the guise that I need a reference for this post. Above is the plate that I sketched and then promptly ate, adding color later in the day (it was incredibly yummy and made from challah bread!). Pro tip: It’s a waste of good food to also sit there and doodlewash it while it’s getting cold. Just make a quick sketch, snap a photo reference, and dig in!
This doodlewash was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to see what would happen if I only used two colors and nothing else for the entire piece. For this one I only used Quinacridone Gold and Dioxazine Purple. I love Quin Gold because it has all the colors I needed for eggy toast depending on the amount of water added. Though getting the two colors to produce something close to gray was a bit challenging.
As for French toast, this was my number one favorite as a child! My mom would make it for me every Saturday morning, which come to think of it, was probably why I was a chubby child. The little Charlie version consisted of four slices of regular white Wonder bread that formed a sort of tower. I used to cut the tower four times evenly in each direction so there were tiny stacked squares that I would eat one at a time. The pieces in the middle were paper thin and a tad gooey. Those were my favorite.
This strikes me as odd behavior now, but I also used to eat Fruit Loops one at time just to see if each color was a different flavor. They really all tasted the same version of fake fruit, but I swore I could taste a difference so I kept doing it. I just really liked these breakfast-only treats and eating them this way made the whole experience last longer.
Tonight, we’re about to trim our tree and drink some vin chaud aux épices that Philippe is currently making (also known as mulled wine). So I’ll keep this short and say that I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Christmas is my jam, so I’m excited to get started!
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