My breakfast call-out elicited a few tips on making the best of fruit toast. This interested me no end because as much as I love fruit toast, I'm not sure that I've ventured further than applying slabs of butter to it.
Natalie recommended I try mashed banana and honey. This began badly when I managed to smash two sweetener bottles on the tiles as I returned the honey to the pantry but was worth the sticky, cutty clean-up. Bananas on fruit toast taste great, fill the belly and add a major nutritional boost. Honey can be substituted with golden, maple or any number of other sweetening syrups (should you have any left).
Brian gets a little more elaborate still, teaming banana and fruit toast with peanut butter and cinnamon. This was pretty damn exciting - four elements I know well, combined in ways I'd never plan, creating an instant favourite. Yes, really: I got excited about toast.
Johanna suggested variations on the cheese theme. Cream cheese was an easy sell, adding just a little yoghurty tang to my butter habit.
Then she suggested harder cheeses. Theoretically, I got this - a little fruit is great with cheese and crackers, right? But I still couldn't imagine it. Apparently Johanna likes cheese slices atop toasted fruit bread, while her partner E prefers to grill cheese onto the bread. I trialled both, using a sharp cheddar, and am backing Johanna on this one - I liked my cheese with more bite and less grease.
I began this project with an almost explicit goal of getting away from toast, but it's been even better to be shown this old fall-back in a new light.