As you may recall from Monday’s post, I woke up on my first day off on Saturday and went straight to the kitchen to play. Yes I consider baking and cooking play time. It is fun to me. That is probably why I spend so much time in the kitchen. I just wrote in my journal about being unexpected. How as adults we tend to judge people and take them at face value. That we don’t dig deeper to the good stuff, or see them as they are. There is more to people than we know or are often willing to find. Hidden dreams, talents, challenges, and burning passions and desires. As a child I loved to draw. Everyone thought I was going to be an artist. Interesting little tid-bit is that I was actually voted most artistic in my senior class. Now as an adult, as I meet new people, they don’t know this side of me. You can’t see the wild creativity that pulses through me. As I grow, though, I see how my art has evolved and seeped into other aspects of my life. The creativity often manifests itself in my personal style, in my hair, in my living space, in my writing, in my business, in my photography. Little bits of creativity going into basically anything I do. Even biking to work in a dress yesterday, my boss said, who cares, it’s creative. I don’t know about that, but I do know that the kitchen has become a place for me to channel my creativity. Making things gluten-free is something I consider to be a fun challenge. And I believe when we’re faced with challenges, it is often a time for us to dig deep and get creative.
Basically what I was trying to express in the windy first paragraph, is that I spent Saturday morning in the kitchen, on my day off, because it is my creative space. It brings me joy being there. And I can share that joy, then, with you here.
I found some left-over bread in the freezer and decided I’d play around with some French toast creations. Here are the French Toast Sticks I made. Make your favorite gluten-free bread and go from there. Mine is one I found using almond butter. Although I flavored bread, like maybe a banana bread or a sweet potato bread would be bomb for making french toast!
French Toast Sticks
- Loaf of Gluten-Free Bread
- 3 local, pasture-raised eggs (I use L&A Farms)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3 tbsp maple
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
- coconut sugar
Let’s Make it Happen: Heat up a skillet or griddle. Place a little slap of grass-fed butter, coconut oil, or ghee in the middle. Take your bread and cut into sticks. Whisk together your batter. Coat sticks with the batter. Place in the skillet. Keep turning so they get cooked on all sides. Toss in some coconut sugar and cinnamon. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple. And most importantly enjoy!