Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and apparently, as I have learned from travels this summer, every other culture/person does not necessarily share my passion for fried eggs, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and yogurt parfaits. Although I have been making do with an awesome refrigerator oatmeal recipe that my classmate (and my roommate while in Argentina) has introduced me to, nothing beats a good slice of French Toast, especially one made with homemade challah and a bit of rum. I made this for breakfast (and lunch and dinner) during the week in the US before Argentina. Now that I am in Argentina, I am definitely hankering for some blueberry pancakes, so those just might show up on here in the coming month, once I am home. Be prepared. Pancakes are possibly my favorite food, as if I could choose just one.
As for happenings Buenos Aires, I must say that the ice cream is absolutely delicious. My favorite so far is this place Rapa Nui -it sells amazing ice cream (they have an 80% dark chocolate flavor!), chocolates, and tarts/pastries. Did I mention that it is only a couple blocks from my hotel? Yeah, I know, I am in trouble… Gonna have to work extra hard if I want to pull off that half-marathon in September, oops.
And in case you were wondering how people in Buenos Aires greet the oncoming winter, this might give you a good idea. They give anything and everything a sweater. Even trees.
Earlier this same day, I actually walked by a couple of young women who were on ladders, hand-knitting a sweater around a tree. It definitely brightens the neighborhood and makes me want a cup of hot cocoa, despite that it is only 60F. Also, the dogs here even wear sweaters in the 60′s, and none of them seem to mind at all. Most the dogs I know at home would have that sweater ripped to shreds in 1 seconds flat. I suppose that’s what living in a milder climate does to you though -thins one’s blood. Thank goodness my blood thickened a teensy tiny bit since moving practically from the equator to the frigid land of Kentucky a few years ago (actually, I am still a major wimp when it comes to cold).
Enjoy the summer heat for me! Go to a lake house for the weekend and make this for breakfast or something, k?
Rum French Toast for One
1/2 cup milk
1 T rum
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 sliced of challah bread, 1 or 1 1/2 inch thick
Butter for cooking bread in
Strawberries, bananas, and real maple syrup
Mix egg, milk, rum, and cinnamon in a blender for 10 seconds.
Soak bread in mixture in a shallow bowl or edged plate.
Place bread in a pan that has been heated over medium heat and has a dab of melted butter in it to help cook the bread.
After about 2 minutes, or the bread is perfectly toasted and gold, flip and cook the other side.
Plate and top with fruit and syrup (syrup is necessary, since there is no sugar in the batter).