Toast talk

transparenttoasterI was hanging out on Rona Maynard’s blog recently – it’s a favourite indulgence of mine to make a cup of milky, sweet Earl Grey tea, kick off my shoes, tuck my feet under me on the couch and read a few of her posts in one gluttonous, soul-nourishing sitting. As my last sentence suggests, Rona’s writing is wonderful and her subject matter is often thought-provoking and touching. In fact, even when she writes about making a piece of toast, there’s poetry in every sentence.

I’ve always been a big fan of toast (I’m a second generation addict, to be truthful; in fact, my mother has turned eating toast into a lifestyle of sorts), so I pay close attention to all toast-related news. But somehow I’d missed the news that toasters are celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Shouldn’t this anniversary be headline news?

How often do you make toast? Is your toaster part of your daily routine or is it an occasionally-used appliance that helps you to salvage staling bread?

11 Responses to Toast talk

  1. Toast certainly captures people’s imaginations. Nigel Slater’s memoir is entitled “Toast” and opens with his mother scraping burned toast our the kitchen window. He, too, writes beautifully about the subject.

    Me? I don’t eat much bread and don’t think of toast when comfort food comes to mind. I’m more a pasta girl. However, I used to love making toast in my grandmother’s old flip-toaster — you know, the kind that toasts only one side at a time and will burn it to cinders if you don’t pay attention. I loved that thing.

  2. adrian says:

    Please tell me that photo is real. IWantToGoToThere. And yes, toast is my default treat/late-night snack/post workout food (Almond butter, banana, thin slices of granny Smith apple between Bread And Roses 9-grain.) Think I need to put the kettle on…

  3. Cheryl A says:

    In my kitchen re-org I gave the toaster a more prominent spot. I don’t eat it everyday, but I do love that crisp bread and all its topping options. There is something so special about the first piece of toast smeared with just a smidgen on butter after a bout with a tummy bug. And just this morning I enjoyed one of my favourite breakfasts – toast with ricotta and cherry jam.

  4. danamccauley says:

    Adrian, it’s almost real. It’s a concept demo by a Chicago company:

    http://corporate.inventables.com/Product/ConceptStudio.asp?i=11&t=9

  5. Amy says:

    I rarely eat toast…However I DO like “toasted” bagels, English Muffins and/or croissants….I don’t own a toaster but I DO own a toaster oven….

    That is a real cool picture….What is that machine…or whatever it is?

  6. cheryl says:

    Love toast. Love, love, love it. With cinnamon-sugar and butter? I’d bathe in it if it wouldn’t scratch up my limbs.

  7. Barb says:

    Toast is up there on my list. Not a daily thing but very probably weekly. And ya, it may have something to do with the toppings…

  8. Natashya says:

    Some sammies must be put on toasted bread, salmon, tuna and egg salad sammies.. to name a few. We use ours about twice a week. I like wide slots for thick cut homemade bread.

  9. Kathryn says:

    I only eat toast to go with something, generally eggs, but I feel compelled to share my toaster with you. I do not like pop-up toasters: the toast is either under-done or over-done. My toaster is a genuine antique. It is the kind with a door on each side that folds down. It was a wedding present to my parents who where married in 1942. My loyal toaster is still going strong.

  10. danamccauley says:

    kathryn – I’d love to have a retro toaster like yours! How great that it still works.

    Natashya, I totally agree that wider slots are the best.

    Cheryl, I’m glad you reconsidered the toast bath!

  11. vibi says:

    I love toasts. I’ve loved them only since adulthood though, for when I was a kid my teeth were so short toast would tear my gums.

    I use my toaster daily for sure! And a day without my toaster is a really sad day. I always found it strange to stay overnight at family’s or friends’ and wake up to find out their toaster was tucked underneath the counter or away in another foolish place. Mine is always on the counter.

    I realise that toasters must be a stapple of the American way of life, because we travel a lot and exchange our house with the ones of people from other countries and spending time in their environment, has made me discover that in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, etc., toasters are not a must. They probably make and eat toasts as well, only maybe in the oven or in a pan or any other way I never had to think about, for I love my toaster! …and couldn’t live without my PB & sugar toasts.

    Thanks for asking Dana… loved the subject!

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