Vodka Gimlet and French Toast for the Mad Men Series Finale & Giveaway

Tripping back to the 60s with French Toast à la rum and Vodka Gimlet, a retro breakfast spread – cocktail included, for the Mad Men Series Finale!

What does it mean if you’re a man and you wear a hat in Mad Men? What concert is obliquely responsible for Peggy’s haircut? How many secretaries has Don had over the course of the show? Bert Cooper has a giant painting from which renowned artist hanging in his office? And why does Betty hate her neighbour? If you know the answers to any of the questions, you are for sure a hard core Mad Men fan.

I am going to finish season 5 tonight on Netflix. I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I am loving the show. So I was thrilled to be asked to join the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and host a Giveaway where you could win your own copy of the The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

Mad Men finale french toast angle

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Meals in a Mug: Pesto Chicken Couscous and Double Lemon Cake

Yep it’s time to get that microwave working again for actual cooking and not just reheating. Whether you’re dining solo or you’re pressed for time, the 250 Best Meals in a Mug cookbook is the perfect solution. And if you’re living in a dorm, traveling in an RV or eating at the office, it offers a convenient and budget-friendly way to eat delicious and healthy meals.

I live alone so quick and easy meals in minutes sounds so perfect. I laugh when people think I eat gourmet every night because of my blog. If only they knew what a regular week night dinner looks like. I shudder myself when I think about it. I tried 4 recipes from this cookbook and I found with little effort my meals were healthier then my other lazy efforts. Perfect examples are the Pesto Chicken Couscous and Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint. For a sweet treat I made the Double Lemon Cake for dessert and the French Toast for a breakfast.

French Toast with toppings

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Sunday Morning French Toast

I have been craving a good french toast for some time now. I rarely make a big special breakfast on Sundays at home and I do not do brunch out much anymore, usually it was an excuse for a social get together with friends. It just happens that lately with Stef we have been going to breakfast places a bit more lately. I love french toast and I love pancakes. Have you ever noticed not many places will offer a combo dish with both. I find that infuriating lol. Anyways I have been ordering more french toast and I am always disappointed. They are never that good compared to mine.

Enough is enough, I decided to make my own this morning. I made sure all my required ingredients were in house last time I went shopping. This is not my traditional version but a fancied up one I invented on the spot. I hope you will make then and enjoy them as much as I did. Ingredients list is very approxiame, I never measure for this. Also it is a very quick thing to do, 10-15  min about.

Evelyne’s French Toast

1 serving

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of milk or cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of cayenne (yes)
  • 2-4 slices of bread, to use up liquid (I used 3 thin slices of Challah, a jewish egg bread)
  • BUTTER

Heat a frying pan quite hot and melt in some butter. Whisk together all the ingredients except bread in a flat bowl. Dip bread on both sides in the egg, resting 1 min on each side. Fry one slice at a time in the pan until golden brown. Put cooked french toats on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Toppings

  • 5 strawberries
  • a small handful of frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 water
  • 2 tbsp or honey or corn syrup
  • 1 point of a star anise crushed

Once all your french toast are done, use the same pan to make a blueberry syrup. Add everything but the strawberries to the pan set on a med-high heat. Let this boil and cook down to a thin syrupy consistency. In the mean time quarter your strawberries and arrange decoratively in a pile on top of the french toast. When syrup is ready just poor it over the plate and enjoy! Delicious especially with a glass of homemade frappe as you see in the back here.