Cranberry Cream French Toast

My mom makes killer french toast. We grew up eating it often on her mornings off. I have very warm and fuzzy memories about mornings with french toast. Those memories and my mom’s yellow kitchen inspired this post. Thanks mom. =)

This french toast is crazy decadent and crazy delicious. You start with thick fresh bread, spread some homemade cranberry sauce on it, and drizzle (or smother) with sweet cashew cream sauce.

Ingredients for french toast:

  • 6 thick slices of bread
  • 1 cup of nondairy milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons silken tofu
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Pine of salt
  • Large dash of cinnamon
  • Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the milk, tofu, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Coat the bottom of the pan in oil and heat it up.
  3. Soak both sides of the bread in the milk mixture.
  4. Carefully put the slice of bread in the the pan and cook until light brown. Flip to cook the other side.
  5. Repeat with all the slices of bread.
  6. Drench with cashew cream (recipe below) and cranberry sauce.

Ingredients for cashew cream:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, rinsed well under cold water
  • 1-2 cups vanilla flavored nondairy milk

Directions

  1. Soak the cashews in water overnight.
  2. Drain the cashews and run them under water.
  3. Put the cashews in a blender and pour in enough milk to cover the cashews by about an inch.
  4. Blend until smooth.

Melanie - I love you’re incredible photographs! The food looks deliciously appetizing too! I started my own healthy food blog around six months ago and I’m passionate about it. Do you have any advice for a beginner blogger?

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Anjo Angela Lim - I surf about half a bajillion sites a day (true data analysis, I swear) but I hardly spend any time commenting (I’m a terrible netizen). But I just have to say your photography, skills, tutorials…etc, are quite extraordinary and awe-inspiring. Second picture down? …No words. Beautiful. Like, smash my face into it and lick it clean kind of beautiful. And aww. I love those moms. French Toast Making Moms are FTW.

Aaron C - OMG, photo #2: I want that thing inside my body so bad.

Laura - That looks so intense.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Killer french toasts and styling! Oh yum!!

Galen - These photos are stunning and that french toast looks OUT OF THIS WORLD good.

Maggie Muggins - That looks crazy decadent!Amazing job with the props, that’s an incredibly beautiful backdrop.

marla - Now that is some french toast!!! Totally dreamy with the whip.

vkrees - Katie: I start from scratch! Everything is fake. I wish I knew of a room that looked like this!

Katie - I’m so curious – when you do shoots like this, where you have a whole room involved, do you use an existing room (i.e. you happened to find a room with the perfect yellow wallpaper) or do you set up a fake room, wallpaper and all, for the shoot area? Would love to know if you don’t mind sharing!

isachandra - Yay, gorgeous! It reminds me of a movie from the 20s.

Caitlin - STUNNING! i grew up not liking french toast at all, but i’m pretty sure i’d go crazy for this version. and now i want a yellow kitchen ;)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This is so unbelievably lovely!

Jes - The romantic props/lighting in this shoot work really well! Maybe more to evoke a grandmotherly feeling, but perfect for such a warm, inviting dish like french toast. And speaking of which, holy cow your french toast if fancy-awesome!

Chocolate Rosemary Crackers

I love, love, love chocolate & rosemary together. I think it is the most delicious combination of flavors ever! This recipe involves dunking crackers into rosemary infused chocolate. It’s pretty darn delicious if I may say so myself. Also they are super simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate
  • A few drops of rosemary flavor
  • 30 Table water crackers

Directions

  1. Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate over hot tap water.
  2. After it is melted, stir in a couple drops of rosemary flavor into the chocolate.
  3. Drop the crackers into the melted chocolate and using a fork, cover them in chocolate.
  4. Place the cookie onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.
  5. The cookies are best kept in the freezer or refrigerator, or at least in a cool/room temperature area.

Today’s post was inspired by Anthropologie. I thought, if Anthropologie sold snacks, what would it look like? This is what I came up with…

Sorry to be brief, but I must run! Till next time!

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Jojo - Ha, I’ve only been into Anthropologie once (before leaving quickly because I’m not that fancy!) but this is totally the kind of food they’d sell! It looks delicious and when it comes to food I’m happy to be this fancy!

Natasha - Absolutely love these photos! Stunning!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - I can definitely see how this recipe fits into “Anthro’s” overall look and feel. So elegant :)

Lubna Karim - Gorgeous….never seen such an awesome setting for presenting the food….love the simple recipe….

Caitlin - i love all of your dream scenarios! these chocolate rosemary dipped crackers look and sound lovely! i never thought to pair the two. the photos are gorgeousssssss!

Vanessa - These sound so good – and I agree, very Anthropologie like :) I’ve never had rosemary and chocolate together but definitely going to give this a try.

Lynn - Gorgeous and innovative as always!

caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy - very anthro-esq:) sounds delish!

Jes - Rosemary is one of those flavor profiles I really want to understand but haven’t yet. I wonder how hard it’d be to make the rosemary flavor…hmmm…

Anna - Absolutely great! Never tasted chocolate and rosemary combination but think it is delicious.

Courtney - i am certain i would fall in love with this!

Erica { EricaDHouse.com } - This is literally one of the best looking recipes I’ve come across in weeks! It’s so quick and simple and I’ve never tried rosemary with chocolate before but I can imagine it will be phenomenal!

Dad’s Breakfast Granola

Yesterday I was brainstorming ideas for today’s post. I was entertaining the idea of doing something vintage. I envisioned the setting being the office of an insurance man in the 1960s. Since my parents were actually alive in the 1960s I called them to get some ideas. After speaking with them, I was inspired to recreate the office of a man that I know much better than the imaginary insurance man of the 1960s. My dad!

My dad is a professor and a writer so he has always had a home office. We’ve moved around quite a bit but his office has, for the most part, never changed much. It’s always a bit messy, covered in office supplies, and surrounded by piles of paper and big books with intimidating titles. Sure, the technology on his desk has updated. He no longer uses a rolodex and a clock radio. But I have distinct memories of when he did. I recreated the desk of my dad as I remember it when I was a kid. …Because when else will I be able to use a rolodex from the 1980′s as a prop?

My dad is also a man of routine. He has, for as long as I can remember, always had some kind of crunchy cereal (grape nuts, raisin bran, granola) in either yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast. I’m a lot like my dad so I often enjoy something similar for breakfast. However my version is veganized a bit fancier.

Let’s talk about vegan yogurt for a second… I’m a skeptic when it comes to prepackaged vegan versions of dairy. I’m the first to admit a lot of it tastes gross. Soy yogurt, however, is delightful. Not all vegan yogurts are equal. My favorite so far is Whole Soy & Co. It tastes good and I recognize all of the ingredients in it.

Ingredients

  • Plain, unsweetened soy yogurt
  • 1 peach
  • 1 cup of granola, homemade or bought
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 5 Tbs of water

Directions

  1. Wash and slice the peach
  2. Heat up the water in a pan over medium heat
  3. Add the peaches to the water and cook them until they are soft and warm. About 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the yogurt, granola, and peaches into a bowl. Drizzle with a bit of agave. Eat.

Till next time!

Linda Kelly - I was hoping for a good recipe for Homemade Granola? Do you have one? Thanks! Enjoyed your site – SWEET

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Heart to Heart ~ Vanessa Rees of V.K.Rees Photography | Just Homemade - [...] behind it. So I suppose my inspiration comes from the stories behind the food. Like my dad and the granola post, or my mom and this Cranberry Cream French Toast post. Although sometimes it’s just about [...]

Kristen - Oh I love the images here – so very much!!

Laura - I’m loving how textured your photos are as of late! So wonderful.

Anna - Your photos are full of inspiration! There is something charming there.

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy - what awesome photos!!! love!

gretchen - Outstanding as always. And I totally agree with you on the Whole Soy being the best. Most of the time. Sometimes you get a runny one and it is a sad day. You should also try Wildwood if they have it near you, as that has a different taste than any other vegan yogurt I’ve tried, but in a good way. Amande [the almond milk one] just tends to be sad.

Angela - I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like these shots. Just beautiful. Of course my eye goes to the granola first, but then I love to just stare at them and notice all the fun details. Nice work!

carey - Oh how I adore a cluttered desk. I love these photos! And the stack of empty bowls + spoons in the background, in particular — they really make it feel like a lived-in space. (:

Ashlae - I love yogurt and granola. Together. And this post. Stunning images, you talented woman!

Kelly Peloza - Lovely! I like the very subtle, tactile details in your new images, like the crinkles and bends around the edges and scotch tape. I just want to reach out and touch the computer screen!

vkrees - Aw thank you! No, this is not actually my dad’s desk. I simply did my best to recreate it. =)

Rachel - I love love love this. It is dads desk!!!

The Sweetest Vegan - This is off topic, but your styling is so beautiful. Is this really your dad’s desk or are you just that genius?

Caitlin - what a fun post! your dad’s routine of granola and yogurt is pretty impressive! i love your healthier alternative. i never thought to warm a peach in water before eating it! and thank you for the suggestion of soy yogurt. i used to eat silk brand, but stopped because i didn’t like the added sugar. i will look for the unsweetened kind next time i’m at whole foods ;)