Peppered French Toast

Recipe for French Toast

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

5 eggs
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)
Vegetable oil
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.

Best Burgers Arundel

The best hamburgers in Arundel can be found in the High St

 The Burger-Shop in Arundel


The Burger Shop at 14-16 High St offer tasty delicious burgers with a Gin Menu and great variety of Craft Beers and Ales.

 The Burger-Shop in Arundel


The staff are friendly, attentive and it is a great place to unwind with kids.


It began with an Oyster!

The economic development of Knysna was first driven by precious wood, then gold and recently, a precious seafood. OYSTERS. Little did we think that Knysna as result of more and more people traveling to knysna after Oysters,  would develop into a major source of delectable farm produced raw products and world class gourmet restaurants. It is after these new gourmet jewels, that tourists flock towards the Garden Route every day.

* In the centre of town, a warm vibrant deli restaurant and bakery “Il de Pain”, is run by Liesie and Marcus. Liesie is a gourmet chef and Marcus blows your senses away with bread and confectionery of world class. Try a chocolate crousant or a simple open sandwich, to taste their quality and creativity.

Still in town, tucked away in Memorial Square, is the “Thai Kitchen”. This feisty and spicy little bistro awaits the lover of Thai food.
* Everybody’s favourite is situated in the middle of the Knysna Waterfront. At “34° South”, best quality sea foods are served right on the water’s edge. After a decade or two in business, this restaurant still amazes you with freshly made Sushi, the freshness of the fish on every dish and gorgeous fresh salads on the tables. Enjoy wines from a frequently voted “Best Wine List” choice of wines and take your time to find a suitable article for your loved ones at home, in a well stocked food and gift shop.
* Take a casual drive along the Garden Route to Bramon Wines at the Keurbooms River turn-off. Enjoy a selection of Meze dishes over lunch while being seated amongst the bearing vines! Then open some of the fresh crispy wines from Bramon and enjoy a very special experience!
* “Cruz Cafe” is situated just West of the Knysna Waterfront, on the water’s edge. With a brilliant view across the lake, guests can enjoy drinks from a mouth watering cocktail list and eat fresh oysters by the dozen. Cruz Cafe caters for every person and its location is truly tranquil.