Toast

Toast is quite possibly the ultimate quickie breakfast. In heat of the morning rush, it just doesn't get easier than plopping sliced bread into the toaster, right? After just a few minutes in the toaster, those warm slices of bread cheerfully pop up, smelling like heaven and just begging for something delicious to be slathered on them. 

Assuming that you own a toaster, of course, it's an understatement to say that toast is a breeze to prepare. But, you also can't discount the huge convenience factor that come with choosing toast for your breakfast of champions: two pieces of toast easily convert to a breakfast sandwich. Seriously, if you're in time crunch, just smack two pieces of toast (and whatever's between them, of course) together, wrap a napkin around the bottom and voilà - it's an ultra-portable breakfast sandwich! 

For half of my life, I played it pretty safe with my breakfast toast giving those perfectly golden, crunchy pieces of bread a good smear of peanut butter or butter and jam. Ironically, back then I enjoyed all kinds of toasted sandwiches for lunch and dinner, but the idea of toast for breakfast with savory toppings, other than eggs, was a far out concept. As it turns out, I just didn't know any better. 

When I was in college (a really long, long time ago), I began traveling alot and after I graduated, I lived abroad for quite some time. I lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and traveled extensively around the Carribean for several months. Eventually, through many twists and turns of life events, I even had an address in Stockholm, Sweden for a while. Let me you tell this: the Swedes know how to do bread for breakfast.

It was the daily breakfast meals I enjoyed in Sweden that forever changed how I see toast for breakfast. A typical breakfast in Sweden consists of yogurt, muesli, and various types of rye toast and cracker bread. The bread is eaten with any number of sweet and savory toppings such as liver pâté, caviar-based spreads (yep, caviar!), several varieties of pickled herring, sweet pickles, cheese, fresh fruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and lots butter. They eat these foods, interchangeably, with the bread as open-faced sandwiches. 

Once I loosened up enough to try it, the Swedish breakfast sandwich combination of liver pâté and sweet pickles on rye cracker bread swiftly became my all-time favorite. Boy, I avoided trying liver pâté for the longest time, but once I gave it a taste I was hooked. It was delicious! Believe me, I would never, ever have put those two ingredients on a breakfast table, let alone a breakfast sandwich, if I hadn't been immersed in something as amazing as Swedish culture. 

To this day, my favorite breakfast sandwich is still a toasted piece of pumperknickel bread, topped with cream cheese, cucumber slices, smoked salmon, fresh dill, freshly cracked pepper and a teensy squeeze of lemon juice. 
 


Since that time, I don't discriminate and I put almost anything on toast. I also really enjoy pairing creamy ricotta cheese with fruit on toast. Another one of my favorite weekday breakfasts is a tropical-style, fruit mishmash with sliced kiwi, strawberries and toasted coconut on whole wheat toast. I usually pre-slice my morning fruit selections the night before and pan toasting sweetened coconut takes just a minute or two in the morning. 

Fruit on toast is so good and good for you too!  



There are plenty of other types of specialty toppings I enjoy, but I will save those for another post on toast!  

How do you like your toast?


16 comments

  1. I used to eat toast for the breakfast every day for at least one year..crazy..I wanted nothing else, just toast...I am going to make one with salmon for the lunch tomorrow!!

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    1. Hi Angie, I love toast/bread too. I tried low-carb diets, but I could never last :) I hope you like your salmon toast, I love it!

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  2. One of the beauties of travelling is getting to see how people around the world eat. Thanks for sharing your observations!

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    1. Hi Beth, I miss those crazy days sometimes, and food is one tangible way I can revisit them. :)

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  3. Hi Marcelle, great minds think alike, this morning I posted strawberry toast. Love the smoked salmon version too, looks delicious!

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    1. Hi Cheri! Your post on the toast with strawberries with cream cheese sounded so good. I'll have to do fruit toast with cream cheese sometime too. Looked like a real treat!

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  4. i have been THRILLED with the growing popularity of toast because it's something i've really enjoyed for a long time! SO many possibilities!

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    1. Hi Grace, yes I agree! I have tried and I just can't live without toast/bread. :)

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  5. Love toast! And I agree, once you get beyond butter, jam, peanut butter, etc, there's a whole world of great stuff you can put on it. Really fun read -- thanks so much.

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  6. Dear Marcelle, you would probably not believe what we out on our taost around here - let me just tell you that it is mostly savory...my favorite is still aged cheese...and all of your toast version look utterly delightful.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I really enjoy both of them both! I'd love to see some of your favorites! :)

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  7. I love this post, Marcelle! End it is fun to hear more about the places in which you have lived. From your description, I want to learn more about Swedish foodways.

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    1. Hi David, thank you so much! It was a really eventful time in my life. I have an old cookbook and some recipe cards I collected when I was there. I'll have to take a look and see what else might be fun to post soon.

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