Five Steps to Building Relationships Based on Feeding People
From the beginning of human interaction there has been the idea that each party contribute to the relationship. Everyone who participated was required to make a significant contribution so that all who were involved felt whole. This is still true today, although many of us tend to shun intimate interactions within communities because we hate the idea of absorption.
But even though many of us run from the concept of community, we end up building one that we feel will suit us much better. The shame of it is we go seeking something we think will make us more acceptable only to discover that human beings can be fickle.
That is where food comes into making building relationships so much easier to deal with and to understand. Food amongst any social class, economic class, creed, religion or color is a core ingredient in connecting human beings into a community in which they trust, honor and defend one another.
Any meal or food item that brings a community together whether they be friends, family or co workers is something most of us prefer when celebrating any event. Gathering around food promotes community and hope.
It possibly began in a garden, not around a fire. Food and conversation! These make up the only things that are necessary to making anyone feel complete.
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What you will need
Some of the best foods that can and have built communities through time and in world history are founded on bread, cheese, egg, chocolate and whipped cream.
In most cultures throughout the earth these are used to make the best of all delicacies that can be created. Much of it is easy, simple recipes that cause one to find satiety at little expense if the making it were so inclined to spend 20 minutes or so in the preparation of the dessert.
This recipe has all the necessary staples to build this quick scrumptious dessert.
I suggest that you make the cream cheese filling, whipped cream and chocolate before making your french toast, because it helps with melting the filling and chocolate.
I. It all starts with french toast, which is bread dipped in an egg solution and fried in butter or on the griddle. This is the foundation representing love, unconditional love in which the relationship is built upon.
For the egg solution you will need:
1/3 cup heavy cream or water
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup of sugar
4 slices of bread
In a bowl beat all of these ingredients together.
Start with the wet ingredients first then add the cinnamon and sugar.
1. Pour into a flat baking dish, this is so you can dip your bread in the egg mixture to soak for a few seconds, approximately 15 on both sides (this depends on how thick your bread is).
2. Soak the bread on both sides then place it on the griddle or a non stick frying pan on medium heat until it is golden brown (about 45 seconds - depends on how hot your pan is) and the egg is cooked.
Set aside and keep warm
II. Making the cream cheese filling you will need: this adds trust that can be both sweet and edgy supporting growth through dairy requirements.
1 8oz bar of cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Soften the cheese.
1. Cream together cheese and sugar, then add the vanilla
III. Adding chocolate syrup or for a better chocolate experience make a chocolate ganache.
IV. Whipped cream from the can or homemade.
Tip homemade whipped cream is easy, all you need is heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. Pour a cup of cream in a cold bowl and whip until it is frothy then add sugar , about a 1/4 cup, slowly as you continue to beat on high. Slightly stiff peaks is good
V. Sprinkling on the powdered sugar.
Tip if you don't have powdered sugar, make your own - put granulated sugar in a blender and pulse until the sugar is fine or powdered.
Building the french toast sundae:
1. Place warm french toast on plate.
2. Slather toast with cream cheese mixture to the edges
3. Pour on the chocolate.
4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
5. Repeat on another piece of toast and stack on the first one.
6. Add a large amount of whipped cream to the top.
P.S. Mixing the cream cheese and chocolate is an excellent combination.
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