The Toast Party and Tight Times

Good Afternoon Everyone!

How are you? I hope you’re doing well. Today’s recipe is an elevated version of the humble piece of toast. Toast, to me, reminds me of a time in my life where I wasn’t so fortunate. So let’s begin today’s story many years ago…

Unlike many 18 year old’s, I had already moved out and was working a minimum wage job at Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins to make ends meet. At $7.50/ per hour every penny had to count. Lunches were often dollar meals at the McDonald’s across the street and dinners were usually butter and a piece of bread. I say this not for sympathy, but rather to emphasize the joy in small, precious things. My roommate T and I had just gotten an apartment together that also included her fiancee. At the time I thought I was living the “rich life”, having upgraded from renting out a bedroom in an elderly woman’s home to having my own place. But in reality it just meant that there was less money at the end of every paycheck to put food on the table.

Try as we might, the situation was unstable and often times our bellies were hungry. One night we were really feeling burned out when we took the trash out to the complex dumpster. There, sitting on the ground, was a used toaster. I looked at T and said, “Do you think it works?”. She shrugged at me and suggested we test it out. We brought it back inside, plugged it in, and popped a piece of bread in the slot. That orange glow never looked so radiant. We could finally make toast!! I remember we hugged each other laughing out loud at something so simple, yet (at the time) was such a luxury. “Let’s have a toast party!” she cried and whipped out an entire $1 loaf of sliced sandwich bread. Slice after slice we popped into that single-slot toaster and smeared each with a large pat of margarine until finally we had a towering stack of buttered toast.

We sat down on the living room carpet and feasted like kings. Fast forward to the present. No longer do I have a single-slot toaster, and thank God my stomach hasn’t gone hungry in a very long time. But never will I forget the lesson in gratitude and humility that one little toaster taught.

And now, onto the recipe šŸ™‚

The Toast Party
The Toast Party

“The Toast Party” combo

Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef

Yields: 1 serving

For Strawberry-Cream Cheese-Honey Toast:

  • 1 slice sunflower seed bread
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. cream cheese
  • A drizzle of honey

For Honey-Walnut-Ricotta Toast:

  • 1 slice sunflower seed bread
  • 2 tbsp. ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. chopped walnuts
  • A drizzle of honey

For Avocado-Feta-Tomato Toast:

  • 1 slice sunflower seed bread
  • 1 avocado, pitted and mashed
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 tbsp. feta cheese, mixed into mashed avocado

Instructions:Ā 

  1. Assemble each toast, serve, and enjoy! šŸ™‚
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