French Toast Sandwich with Elephants

Novelty and Gourmet Foods

After an acquaintance dyed cake batter black unbeknownst to us, frosted it with red icing, cut and served it to us, broke into gales of screaming laughter and rolled on the floor, I thought "Hmmm."

This occurred after he had made a pot of stew with popcorn and pickles in it. Perhaps he actually wanted to be a pop food artist, but would not admit it, because it was not "manly" enough. That was in the days before chef based reality shows. Fighting in the Gulf War was apparently manly and the odd foods were served at a kind of going away to the desert party. Some though this chef wanted to do something so odd and annoying in order that we would not forget him if he did not return. Those of us in attendance began to head for the door.

However, this Persian Gulf inclined oddball brought out a good frying pan and prepared a recipe similar to the one listed below (I have added ingredients over the years.)

It was quite good.

(Oh, did he come back? Yes, and disappeared into the land of OOOOO-klahoma, where elephants stand in the corn fields to measure whether the corn is yet eye-high. Or is that Munchkin Land?)

The Official Elephant Corn Maze of 2000

Created by aliens the year of the first election of President George W. Bush. GOP Aliens  - or a Warning? :)
Created by aliens the year of the first election of President George W. Bush. GOP Aliens - or a Warning? :) | Source
Mom! - My eye is almost as high as yours!
Mom! - My eye is almost as high as yours!

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Gourmet Ham & Cheese on French Toast

INGREDIENTS

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Large but shallow Bowl or Pan - a cake pan would do.
  • Sourdough Bread
  • 1 Large Egg per sandwich
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 slices of Deli Boiled Ham or sliced Baked Ham from another meal
  • 2 slices of Swiss, Muenster, or Sharp Cheddar Cheese per sandwich. Some diners enjoy Pepper Jack instead, or add a Tablespoon of a good Pimento Cheese Spread in the center.
  • Cream or Whole Milk
  • A dash of Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  • Vegetable Oil or Butter

OPTIONAL FILLING ADDITIONS

  • Thinly sliced and lightly sauteed Bermuda or Vidalia Onion
  • Thinly sliced and lightly sauteed Green Bell Pepper Rings
  • 2 cooked but not crunchy rashers of Bacon per sandwich
  • Other, of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix about 2-inches high an amount of milk and the eggs together very well in the pan you have selected. Add salt and pepper to your taste preference as well as nutmeg and cinnamon and mix well.
  • Build sandwiches upward with a slice of bread on the bottom, 1 slice cheese, meat, a small mount of any other filling you prefer, another cheese slice, and top bread slice.
  • Heat the frying pan over a medium level of heat.
  • Add oil or butter to coast the bottom of the hot pan.
  • Dip a sandwich into the egg mixture, turning over twice to ensure complete coverage.
  • Cook the sandwich on the first side until golden brown, checking with a spatula, and turn the sandwich and repeat. Each side may take 4-5 minutes, and turn down the heat of the sandwich is cooking too quickly, to avoid burning.
  • Use additional oil or butter for each sandwich as needed.

You can also make a smaller sandwich by using only one bread slice, cut diagonally, to make a half sandwich.

For additional ideas, see Doctor Toast's Amazing World of Toast.

Powdered Toast Man

French Toast, Grilled Cheese, and Montecristo Ham and Cheese Sandwiches can be found at elephant-related restaurants and pubs around the world.

The Elephant & Castle Pub in Dublin, Ireland. See the link at left for French Toast on the menus, and history.
The Elephant & Castle Pub in Dublin, Ireland. See the link at left for French Toast on the menus, and history. | Source

The Brass Elephant Restaurant and Caterers closed for business in Baltimore in late 2009, to the consternation if its client. The Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast was just one of the delicacies on the Sunday Brunch menu. The building went on the market in late 2014 for about $800,000.

The Brass Elephant is for Sale

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924 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Elephant Health and Safety

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My favorite elephant, who was injured, was helped by the people of Thailand,received an artificial foot and smiled.Motala meets little Mosha and becomes her friend at the hospital. This facility is in some ways as good or better than our own human Workers Compensation Rehab Centers in the United States.
My favorite elephant, who was injured, was helped by the people of Thailand,received an artificial foot and smiled.
My favorite elephant, who was injured, was helped by the people of Thailand,received an artificial foot and smiled.
Motala meets little Mosha and becomes her friend at the hospital. This facility is in some ways as good or better than our own human Workers Compensation Rehab Centers in the United States.
Motala meets little Mosha and becomes her friend at the hospital. This facility is in some ways as good or better than our own human Workers Compensation Rehab Centers in the United States.

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Thanks for the recipe. I believe a Monte Cristo which is a very similar sandwich. they are great. I love dipping them in syrup.

French toast is great with so many variations with fruit, nuts, and even other strange things, I guess.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Hi jim10 - I aw one with peanut butter and jelly in it, and some people may enjoy that as well. Must be a range of savory or seeet sandwiches like this out there.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Oh wow! An awesome recipe AND Powdered Toast Man! Is it my birthday? It sure feels like it!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Now you've got me hungry for a Sunday Brunch at the Elephant Walk! I'm not far from 3 of them but haven't been to, YET!


ladyvenus 7 years ago

I thought elephant was included in the meal lol. But reading further I realized it was just a place. But true I have not seen real elephant maybe I have to check out zoo.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I never would have thought of French Toast Like that. Thank goodness no elephants were in the recipe :)


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Oh how yummy I have to try it out and elephants are my favorite animals!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Happy unbirthday BT, don't be abducted by ET, have a nice sandwich all French Toasty....... and watch elephants on TV. 


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Dottie1 - You have an Elephant Walk near you? You must tell us about the good food there when you go!

ladyvenus - I hope the Hub was fun for you to read!

RGraf - the toast is better every time I think of something new to stuff it with.

Triplet Mom - I hope you love the recipe. I will have to make one (without meat) and share it with an elephant soon.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Now you are sending me to bed hungry! I liked how elaborate you made your hub, and thanks for the Ren & Stimpy clip :D


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WhiskeyChick 7 years ago from North of Somewhere

I remember that Ren and Stimpy! Nice touch. Well I for one am famished and can think of nothing better to have than a French Toast Sandwich with Elephants! I think I'm gonna die till I get some. So sad about the elephants. It's beautiful that you added the reief and awareness links.


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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Been ages since I had french toast. Trouble is I can only eat eggs in winter. Some weird allergic reaction pops up if I have them in summer.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Paper Moon - Thanks! I like to connect a few parallels for interest. Hope it's fun for you.

WhiskeyChick - have you seen the documentaries on the elephant rescue habitats - especially the pone where an old female elephnat had been recused fomr a run down abusive circus and rested until her younger cohort from the same circus arrived at the rescue farm? She tried to break down the tall chain link fence to be with her - it had been many years, but they were bonded.

cashmere - I wonder what the seansons do to us. Another friend has a skin allergy that produces blisters only in spring and summer. Can't figure it out. Eggs bother me if I eat them in the same meal as chicken - hard boiled eggs and fried chicken on a picnic - I get itching sometomes, but always an upset stomach. too much chix!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

" She tried to break down the tall chain link fence to be with her - it had been many years, but they were bonded"

That is so sweet.  :) Anyone who says animals don't have emotions is totally clueless. 


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Indeed so, Paper Moon.


jodysjungle 7 years ago

It's wonderful that you have The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee listed, they are the best..

Motala and FAE (Friends of the Asian Elephant) in Thailand is also excellent..

Riddle Elephant Sanctuary in Arkansas..not so much...


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Oh, jodysjungle - I read your website all the time and I hope you post some articles on Hubpages. It makes me happy that you have read this and there will be more about elephants from me very soon. Thank you for your comments!


jodysjungle 6 years ago

SCOTT RIDDLE

The following information is available publicly, it reveals the behavior and character of Scott Riddle and his treatment of elephants: The killing of Tumai ...

www.livinggallery.cc/SCOTT%20RIDDLE.htm - Similar


jodysjungle 6 years ago

TUMAI The RIDDLE of TUMAI RIDDLE me this.. Can you train an elephant with a bulldozer? Or will the elephant die? Tumai in death, picture of an abused ...

animom.tripod.com/elephants.html

Patty, I never want anyone to think that Riddles so called Sanctuary is a good thing...Jody


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I activated the links here for everyone:

http://www.livinggallery.cc/SCOTT%20RIDDLE.htm

http://animom.tripod.com/elephants.html

I think this shows that dealing with agressiveness through larger aggressiveness and abuse will always have a bad ending. There is likely a contact link at the Riddle site for comments -- Readers may want to lodge their protests. What has the humane society and legal division of animal welfare in Arkansas done about this - anyone know?

jodysjungle - Let us know about ways we can help.


jodysjungle 6 years ago

I would love to post the newest picture of Baby Mosha but don't think I can...so please go to FAE Updates 2009 To see it...soon I will also have Motala's picture up..they both received new prosthetic legs for the New Year.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

That's a miracle, jodysjungle. I will love to see those photos.


jodysjungle 6 years ago


jodysjungle 6 years ago

This is the correct url for Tumai..http://animom.tripod.com/tumai.html

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