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Last week my mom dropped off a pint of these gigantic strawberries she got from Costco. Somehow produce from Costco always seems so excessive and a little too perfect. Regardless, it tasted perfectly tart and sweet and was juicy. It’s been a while since I’ve tried strawberries like that.

Vince has been working a lot of evening/night shifts lately and so brunch has become our only meal together on the weekends. One of ideas he had was to make stuffed French toast with fresh strawberries and Nutella.

It might sound fancy and complicated, but this is actually a really simple dish to make.

All you need is:

4 slices of bread (your choice – at least a day old).

4 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1 tsp vanilla essence


Nutella (as much as you want…we used about 1/4 cup for 4 slices of bread)

1 tbsp butter or margarine

Fresh strawberries (again as much as you want)

Crack all the eggs into a shallow dish that your bread can fit into. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk together. Add pinch of salt.

Trim the tops of the strawberries. Slice the them lengthwise. Spread nutella on the inside of two slices of bread. Layer the strawberry slices on one side and then place the second slice of bread, nutella side down, on top. To keep the strawberries in place you need it to be in between the nutella.

Heat the butter on medium heat in a pan. Very carefully dip the bread in the egg mixture ensuring both sides are evenly and thoroughly covered. Place in the pan. After 1-2 minutes, very carefully flip the bread to cook on the other side until brown (another 1-2 minutes). Remove from pan.

Repeat for second French toast.

Garnish with fresh strawberries.

We found this stuffed French toast to be the perfect mix of sweet, savory and tart, so we didn’t use any syrup or icing sugar. You might like a bit of butter on top…either way, I won’t judge.

One of our other brunches included this frittata, which has peppers, spinach, tomatoes in it, topped with jalapeño havarti.

I took a walk to a nearby bakery that morning to pick up some fresh poppy seed, cheese and onion baguette as well as a few pain au chocolat.

Brunch meals always taste better at home… especially when Vince makes it and we get to enjoy some gorgeous morning sunshine on our balcony.  As you know, we LOVE dining al fresco.

We got some new plants to make our balcony a prettier outdoor living space. I want to try and plant some herbs out there too, including mint, basil, thyme and rosemary. When I figure out some great ideas (likely on Pinterest), I’ll share this new addition to our concrete garden with all of you.

Have you planted some flowers and/or herbs yet? Do you have a favourite brunch recipe? Any unique French toast ideas?

With love,
Chef’s Wife