Never, never pay extra for that particular service, not on our little patch of terra firma anyway. I did and was sorry for it the minute I got home Friday and saw the UPS sticky-note on my door. A cookbook intended for Wednesday's Your Life pages (yes, we do still print a newspaper), hence a cookbook I really needed to study -- and use -- over the weekend, had been carried back to UPS central where it remains, until I collect it after 8:30 a.m. today.
I still haven't decided whether to scramble like mad and try to make something tonight and deadlines be damned, or whether to punt and go for something completely out of left field, saving Alton Brown's Feasting on Asphalt: River Run (and that book's many mentions of Mississippi) for next week.
We shall see, meanwhile check out Alton's on-the-road series, here.
And to satisfy those hunger pangs, try this on for size -- for breakfast or anytime.
Buy some good dense bread but something unflavored and unadulterated. Cut it into thick slices. Beat an egg or two in a shallow bowl. Add a glug of whole milk or even evaporated milk. Whip in a couple of big pinches of herbes de provence, one that's heavy on the lavender is best. And here's the important part, let it set for at least 30 minutes, for the herbs to sort of infuse the eggs. Heat some butter in a small skillet over medium flame (or coil, as the case may be). Put the bread in the egg mixture, leaving it to soak up the liquids; turn and do the same on the other side. Lift with a slotted spatula, letting the excess egg drain away and place in the bubbling butter. Cook one side till deep golden brown but not burnt; turn and brown the second side. Serve with honey or maple syrup and a tall glass of cold milk.
Pan perdue, it's called -- or French toast or just plain old fried bread. So-o-o good.
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