Use a whole grain, seeded baguette. I use Judy's Breadsticks.
Why Is This "Lucky" French Toast?
I spent decades traveling throughout Asia on business when working in high tech. And after flying well over a million miles doing so, I picked up many Asian customs, dietary habits and superstitions. I eat with chopsticks as easily as with a fork and when I eat out, it's almost always Japanese, Vietnamese or Chinese cuisine.
I'm Italian which naturally makes me pretty superstitious to begin with so it was pretty easy to latch on the Chinese belief that 8 is a very lucky number. I've since become pretty obsessed with the number 8 but the Chinese are even more so. If you recall, the Beijing Olympics started on 8/8/08 at 8 minutes and 8 seconds after 8PM. The number 8 is associated with wealth and fortune which are very important in the Chinese culture. On one of my first visits to Hong Kong, I was shocked to hear that someone had paid $50,000 for a license plate with all 8's. I'm sure it would cost a lot more for that today.
So today's recipe is "lucky" because it has lots of "8's"; 8 slices of bread, 8 drops of stevia, 1/8 teaspoons of all seasonings and 8 large blackberries. And, you can say, this is what I "8" for breakfast!
Don't Eat Eggs from Tortured Chickens
Many of my readers are vegans who avoid all animal products and feel pretty strongly about not eating eggs. As a nutritionist, I feel that an occasional egg can be part of a heathy diet. But I do feel strongly that most of the egg industry abuses and tortures chickens. If you are lucky enough to live in the country, as we do, you can easily find eggs from chickens who live outdoors and a natural diet. In fact, you may have chickens yourself or neighbors who will sell you their eggs. But for those of you who live in the city, it's not so easy. Many of the eggs you buy are from chickens who are kept in large, dark buildings in very crowded and filthy conditions. Some of their beaks are cut so they don't peck each other to death. I can't imagine that an egg coming from an environment like that, from a chicken who is under that much stress, can be as healthful as one from a free range chicken. So if you eat an occasional egg, know your source.
Lucky French Toast with Mango and Blackberries
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 large organic eggs from happy chickens
1/4 cup unsweetened organic soy milk (or other milk)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
8 drops liquid stevia
8 slices whole grain, seeded baguette cut 3/4" thick
8 large blackberries
1/2 mango, diced
Coat a non stick 9" frying pan or griddle with olive oil.
In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add soy milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and stevia and beat well. Heat the pan on medium heat. Dip slices of baguette into egg mixture making sure they soak it up, and place in heated pan. Drizzle extra egg mixture, if any, slowly over the baguette slices. Cook several minutes on each side until lightly brown making sure the egg is cooked thoroughly. Remove from pan, top with mango and blackberries and serve immediately.
Per serving: 310.3 calories, 12.3 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 211 mg cholesterol, 12.6 g protein, 41 g carbohydrates and 6.1 g of fiber.