Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese

Savoury French Toast with Cambozola and Avocado

Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese
Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese
Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese

Invincibility/Vulnerability:

By the time I was 15 years old, a little seed was carefully planted in my brain. I wanted to travel the world. I knew it would take me years to save up for this, so I started working weekends at the local Dairy Queen, and opened a bank account dedicated to travel funds. I said “no” to social events that were out of my budget, and worked hard to put away money each month for the next four years.

I refused to touch that account, except of course when text messaging took over the world, and I couldn’t resist dipping into those funds to buy myself a pay-as-you-go flip phone. But that didn’t stop me from my goal, and I had no problem cancelling my cell phone plan when I booked a 5-month solo Europe trip at 19 years old. I feel incredibly fortunate that I was able to have this opportunity at such a young age. I took half a year off school to travel, and since I didn’t feel married to my degree or the city I was living in, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Embarking on this trip, my 19 year-old self was a peculiar combination of brave and naive, neither of which I recognized at the time. I was prepared, I thought. I had memorized all the usual travel scams, and read countless stories about keeping safe when travelling alone. I felt ready, knowledgeable, and invincible.

When I was partying in Florence and Santorini, I felt a sense of safety that I rarely felt in my own city. I trusted the backpackers I surrounded myself with, was conscious of my liquor intake, and wore my money belt like a tattoo. But by the second month of my trip, I had arrived in Athens and quickly realized that I was in fact, not invincible.

I arrived in Athens by ferry at three in morning. This was the fall of 2011, and Greece was knee-deep in a debt crisis. That meant public services like the metro were undependable, and I was forced to take a cab from the docks. My naivety became apparent when I told the cab driver the name of my hostel, and his response was nothing but a blank stare. Nineteen year-old me expected GPS systems in cabs in Europe, just like in Canada. No iPhone or map on hand, the cab driver phoned his eight year old daughter and handed me the phone. Confused and lost, I talked to his daughter for a few minutes until I realized it was a losing battle. There was no way I was going to find this hostel.

I was dropped off in the middle of the most notoriously dangerous parts of Athens. The air was thick and with my heavy backpack strapped to my waist, my heart was pounding. As I walked in circles, snarling stray dogs circled my path, one of them mouthing my wrist. I jerked it back in fear, and looked up to see a group of men jeering at me, laughing, and beckoning me over. I asked three different men (there were no women around) the directions to the metro. All gave me different answers (the next morning, I discovered that the metro station was mere steps away, and the men had been lying.)

A switch in my brain flipped. I knew I had to get out of there, so I just walked. Fortunately I quickly found a hostel nearby that had a spare bed. I climbed to the top bunk and spent the entire night with my eyes glued open, staring at the ceiling. It was one of the most momentous experiences where I truly understood my vulnerability as a traveller. Of course, from that point on I never again made the mistake of getting into a cab without my own directions. But it was a scary wake-up call to my vulnerability, and a sad one too.

I wasn’t, and I am not, invincible. Not then, and not today. I don’t have to fly cross continental to experience the reality of street harassment. It’s right outside my front door. But even though it’s always in the back of my mind, it’s something I try not to let take over my life. After all, the only way to actually have new experiences is to push past the fear, and let your urge to move overcome your urge to stand still. And that’s why my incurable urge to travel hasn’t changed much since 19.

Is there something you were once deeply afraid of, but you’ve mustered the strength to conquer? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese
Breakfast Recipe: Savory French Toast with Avocado and Cambozola Cheese

Savoury French Toast:

If you’re a fan of salty, buttery, finger-licking meals, then this savoury french toast recipe is for you. Sourdough bread is used to add some tang to a strong palate of creamy, buttery flavours. If you’ve never tried cambozola cheese and are nervous about delving into the stinky cheese club, don’t worry! This creamy combination of triple cream cheese and gorgonzola is more butter than bite. It’s a very approachable introduction to blue cheese. This savoury french toast could also be made ahead and reheated in the microwave. Just be sure to cut the avocados fresh. Enjoy 🙂

Savoury French Toast with Cambozola and Avocado
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Cook time:
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Serves: serves 6
Ingredients
  • coconut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread, stale
  • 100 g cambozola cheese
  • 1 avocado
Instructions
  1. Preheat a cast-iron or non-stick pan (with some coconut oil for frying) over medium heat. In a shallow baking dish, add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Slice the bread into thick slices. Place a large plate off to the side for the bread after frying and preheat the oven to the lowest temperature (around 175 F).
  3. Working in batches, take a piece of bread and soak both sides in the egg mixture, then place it on the pan. Depending on how large the pan, you’ll likely use 3-6 pieces of bread per batch. Fry until both sides of the bread are golden brown (about 3 minutes per side) and place on the plate. Continue this process until all the bread has been dipped and fried.
  4. Slice the cambozola into thin slices, and divide it over the french bread. Place the plate in the oven for a minute or two to melt the cambozola. Slice the avocado, and divide it overtop of the cheese. Serve.
Notes
Place any leftovers in an airtight container and put in the fridge. It tastes amazing on the second day, too.

 

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

18 thoughts on “Savoury French Toast with Cambozola and Avocado”

  1. I’m all over this, YUM! I’ve been in those situations many times but the one that sticks out the most happened in San Francisco when I was visiting my friend. I was tired of paying for parking every time I went to see her so I decided to drive to a Bart station where parking is really cheap, take Bart, and then walk to her place. I printed out Google walking directions and that’s where I went wrong: I ignored my instincts and blindly followed a map, which took me away from the busy and public streets and put me on a largely abandoned route: no cars, no people walking around. It was dead. Until I came across a group of 20 men hanging out on the sidewalks, where they started to heckle me. I had just read an article where a journalist interviewed convicted rapists, asking them what they looked for in their victims and stuff you could do to make them reconsider attacking you and I thought, “okay I’ve got to act now.” I resisted the urge to get my phone out, which indicates you are distracted, walked with my head held high like I was where I was supposed to be and knew where I was going, and kept my face straight and stern. As soon as I got back to an area I was familiar with, I breathed a big sigh of relief.

    1. Whoa. Thanks so much for sharing your experience Megan. Also, do you still have a link to that article? I’d love to read it. Google should give a “tourist” option when they make directions so can feel safer on the main roads! Travelling alone is amazing but can be so scary sometimes.

      1. I thought I book-marked the article but didn’t and I couldn’t find it doing a basic google search. That would be awesome if Google had tourist options. I actually much prefer traveling by myself but almost never do because of safety concerns. It’s super impressive you did that all when you were 19, and for such a long trip.

        1. Yeah, there’s definitely pros and cons to travelling alone just as there are for travelling with a friend. Sometimes it’s best to find a friend who has the same “travel style” as you and then you can go off on your own whenever! Thanks for checking for the article for me, I’ll see if I can find it 🙂

  2. Traveling alone can be scary but I overcame that fear as well because there was places I wanted to visit that no one else I knew wanted to go to, so I just did it. Luckily I never really had any bad experiences but I must admit I was always back in the hotel pretty early as when it got dark I was always a little nervous being a woman out alone! Love this dish 😀

    1. That’s the best way to do it Emma, if you want to see a place, go! I’ve definitely been able to see more when travelling solo than with friends.

  3. I have to admit that I’ve never been brave enough to travel alone like that, what an amazing (and obviously, at times terrifying) experience. I definitely wish that I would have traveled more before the hubs and I had kids (and debt)! I love the idea of this savory french toast… I make savory waffles sometimes and I think I like them more than the sweet variety 🙂 Also, I think cambozola might be one of the most fantastic cheeses ever and I LOVE that you used it here!

    1. I don’t think I realized the courage it took at the time! And yes I can imagine it’s much more difficult to plan trips with kids! It’s hard enough organizing one persons’s schedule. I am totally in agreement with you on cambozola 🙂

  4. I know just what you mean about the feeling of invincibility while traveling, especially while young. When I was looking back on my trip to Spain, I am sometimes surprised at how safe (naive) I felt. I usually traveled with at least a few other women, so I always felt safety in numbers. Just being in a country where you don’t know the language and are unfamiliar with how things work can be scary, but so eye opening!
    And I am totally loving this savory french toast! French Toast might be my favorite breakfast food, but I’ve never had a savory option – love it!

    1. Safety in numbers is definitely a good philosophy to travel with. And yes there are definitely some really wonderful aspects of not knowing the language or the area, it makes travelling so much more exciting! Thanks Meghan!

  5. First of all, your pictures are gorgeous. Second of all, your 19 year old self is much braver than I am! I have also always dreamt of traveling the world. But when I finally got my chance at 23 and my plans actually started to crystallize, my mother asked if she could join me on my 3 month trip to Europe. While I wouldn’t admit it, going alone scared me a little. So I was happy to have her come along, as long as we could go our separate ways when we disagreed on what we wanted to see next. And while it was a fun trip, it was a much different experience than it would have been had I gone solo. So kudos Katy, I hope to someday build up my courage and go it alone for real!

    1. Thanks so much Leili! I bet you had a really fun trip with your mom. There are always pros and cons to travelling with someone else just as there are for travelling alone. I bet you’ll have the courage now that you’ve done a long trip already!

  6. Great post, Katy! So true, none of us are invincible, but mad kudos to traveling solo! You truly are brave and inspiring, my dear. Santorini has been at the very top of my “must visit” list for forever, but the hubster says it’s not safe right now. Maybe I should have him read your post? 😉 Ha. Anyways, loving this french toast! I am a savory type of girl, so anytime a savory spin is put on a sweet dish I totally swoon! Trust and believe I am swooning right now! Decadent Cambozola and creamy avocado french toast? Holy moly, I NEEEEEED this! Pinned! Cheers, sweets!

    1. I think out of anywhere you go in Greece, Santorini is one of the safest places. It’s a tiny, tiny island and it’s filled with travellers and tourists. At least when I was there, there was definitely no political austerity going on in Santorini even though it was in Athens. Thanks for pinning 🙂

  7. You are certainly wayyyy braver than I am! I definitely never traveled alone like that at 19 (and still haven’t even today at 31!!). Although after reading this I will admit that I do wish we had some sort of trip planned (even with that story!).

    On another note this is soooo my kind of french toast! I loveee the savory spin. And I mean, you had me immediately with avocado!

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