I am not sure what this is. It is apparently Chaem. But more than that I do not know.
That is other than the fact that it is crisp, has a slightly sweet taste and is delicious when eaten fresh with Nam phrik kapi
Author Notes: Savoury, crispy French toast. Salty, with a heavy kick of black pepper. This was one of my favorite Sunday breakfasts growing up, the smell of the toasts frying up a scent memory that still takes me back.
This fried bread I grew up eating, called khara pao (khara means “spicy”), is South Asia’s answer to French toast, typically served with a kicked-up tomato ketchup. My family was partial to black pepper, but I’ve seen turmeric, chili powder, cayenne and even cumin added. And South Asia’s not the only one that goes the savoury route. In other cultures, they do similar-style “eggy toasts” – Italy’s has mozzarella and tomato sauce, Russia’s is simple salt, egg and milk, and Hungary serves theirs with onions, tomatoes, ketchup and even mayonnaise…
This version is so ridiculously easy to make, and requires ingredients we all usually have on hand. I’m a savoury brunch person myself, and this is such a delicious alternative to the sweet version. The crispy, salty, pepper-heavy toast dipped in a cool, spicy, slightly sweet, tomato-ey ketchup is a truly heavenly combination that will quickly move into your go-to, I-have-leftover-bread-and-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it rotation. Breakfast or even as a mid-afternoon snack – enjoy! – aliyaleekong
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
8 (1/2″) slices day-old bread*, cut on the diagonal
Sriracha In a bowl or baking dish, beat together eggs with half-and-half, salt, pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Heat a medium or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cover the bottom of the skillet with vegetable oil and add a tablespoon or two of butter for taste. Dip the bread triangles into the egg batter, drain off any excess, and place straight into the hot pan. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side – you want to develop a golden-brown color and the texture should be crispier than traditional French toast. Place cooked toasts on a paper towel-lined plate or rack to drain. In a small bowl, mix together ketchup and hot sauce to your desired heat tolerance. Serve toasts warm with a side of the spicy ketchup. *I like to use a country or pullman loaf for this. You want it to stand up to the egg batter and not get mushy, so I always go for a day-old loaf.
Meenachee’s is the oldest Indian restaurant serving the Garden Route. Specialising in authentic, home-style, Indian dishes prepared with passion by Meenachee. Dishes as diverse and unique as India. A choice of curries, vegetarian, vegan and Jain offerings, as well as some local favourites, like Karoo lamb curry, or the uniquely South African “Bunny Chow”. They are fully licensed, with a selection of wines available, or bring you are welcome to bring your own.
“We are only one or two generations away from a time when people canned, baked, preserved, made do, swopped produce, purchased locally, re-used and recycled because that’s just the way it was. The knowledge is still there” and stirring in Rheenendal.
Lauren Reynders has started a web site to support the local food producers and to explore for ways to live sustainably, to eat well, laugh a lot, to learn and pass on information and to create bonds of friensdhip within our community. I found it looking for vegetarian restaurants in Knysna and found this reference to “Brett who made the basil pesto. Brett owns a small, intimate vegetarian restaurant just down the Rheenendal road called Veg-Table. It is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Bookings are essential 074 833 9516”
She is from Abundance Farm where they have developed and are producing top quality mushroom cultures and grain spawn as well as Mushroom Grow Bags of edible and medicinal mushroom species.
Breakfasts are served in the sunny glass conservatory and offer a selection of tasty treats to start the day. Light lunches are served in the dining room or on the lawns. The outdoor boma with its comfortable couches and fireplace, invites you to enjoy a high tea or a glass of bubbly as the sun sets over the gardens.
At Emily’s we strive to use only the freshest local produce to prepare our delicious daily menu. Our chef team meet every morning to choose the freshest produce available before designing the menu for the day, this menu includes dishes like our Peach Cider Braised Pork belly, Onion Samoosa and Gooseberry Compote; Lamb Rack, Cherry Tomato Feullete and Thyme Red Wine Jus; Fresh Farm Ricotta Phyllo Bake, Honeyed Beetroot and Thyme; Oven Baked Linefish, Brussel Sprout Chips, Caper and Baby Potato Salad. Enjoy a fresh cocktail or a beautiful bottle of wine from the boutique estate wine list while appreciating spectacular riverside views, unforgettable sunsets and a large log fire in winter go without saying.
Well, our annual leave has come to an end and although its been awesome to unwind at home, we are SO excited to be re-opening on Saturday – and doubly motivated following our Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor, received last week. Here’s a taste of what to expect this weekend at the fabulous The Red Windmill farmstall, net buite Napier. Seafood pasta – mussels, calamari, fish & prawns all wrapped up in a deliciously rich tomato-ey, garlicky sauce and ladled generously onto penne pasta, finished with shaved parmesan;
Hot and spicy but oh-so-full-of-flavour Durbs Lamb Bunny Chow, with all the sambals; roast smoked pork neck served on a toasted, buttery roosterbrood with skinny fries, salad, sweet mustard and a delicious gravy for dunking;
Apple Crumble just like Mom made it, served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream….and plenty more! Do join us, we’re open from 9am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. 028 4233576