Friday, January 13, 2012
Writers and editors on food 14: Wendy James
Wendy James is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Out of the Silence(2005) won the Ned Kelly Award for first crime fiction and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie Award for women’s writing.
Her other novels are The Steele Diaries(2008), Where have You Been(2010) and the forthcoming The Mistake(February 2012). She has also published a collection of short stories, Why She Loves Him(2009).
Her short stories and articles have also been published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies.
Wendy grew up in western NSW and on the northern beaches of Sydney. She now lives with her husband and children in Newcastle, NSW.
This is a version of french toast ( or a savoury bread & butter pud, I guess...) that my nan occasionally made for breakfast when I was a kid. I'm not sure where this version hails from. Nan grew up on a very isolated station west of Bourke, so I imagine meals that made use of stale food and leftovers were quite common.
The recipe serves one - two people, and doubling the ingredients works okay, too. I think I'd do it in batches if feeding a bigger crowd.
1-2 slices bread (stale is fine)
dash of milk
Beat the egg and milk together. Tear pieces of bread and mix into the egg mixture. Squelch about a little. Add parsley.
Fry each side of the omelette (in oil or butter) in a smallish pan over low heat until golden brown .
Serve with a sprinkling of salt and white pepper, a squirt of tomato sauce and/or your preferred 'hot' sauce. (Lancashire Relish works best for me)