Toast for breakfast, lunch and tea

20 April 2017
“When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one's ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”  - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows


A few years ago I read about toast cafes popping up in a few places. I'm not sure if they're still there but back then it was supposedly a new way of having a "cool" breakfast and then carrying on that toasty goodness through the day.  I thought it was bizarre, especially when I read that a slice of that new "cool" toast, with various toppings, cost around $10. I understood the longing for toast but for me, toast was a self-made domestic refreshment, a comfort food. But then I realised that being out in the world is often the time when we need comforting and if toast can calm you down and strengthen you while you're out earning a quid, then so be it. Toast to the rescue.

Toast soldiers
A favourite breakfast here - black tea, toast soldiers and boiled eggs.

However, I do think toast is part of home. It's a crutch on those mornings when you don't feel like getting up, it's a go-to when you've had a bad day and don't feel like cooking, it's one of those foods that makes you think life is not so bad after all, it's a reminder of our mums, a tender buttery hug.  

Toasted cheese sandwich
A favourite toasted sandwich - tomato, homemade cheese, avocado and chilli sauce.

Following is a list of my favourite toast snacks. Most of them are very old fashioned. I make no apologies for that even though some may think I should update my palate. (I've been told that in an email.) You could quite easily enjoy any of these for breakfast, lunch or tea, or even a late night supper.  There are no recipes, they are what they are and they should be made to the taste of the person who will eat the toast. The specifics will vary: butter or margarine, light or dark brown, white or wholemeal, but either way, they're always satisfying and delicious.
  • Cinnamon toast
  • Toasted cheese sandwich
  • Tea and toast
  • Poached egg on toast
  • Toast soldiers for dunking into soft boiled eggs
  • Egg, bacon, tomato with toast on the side
  • Avocado, tomato, cheese and chilli jam on toast
  • Baked beans on toast
What are your favourite toastie treats? I'm sure you have one or two. I'm hoping to discover a new favourite to add to my list.