Nursery Rhymes In Disguise


1 a owlJJust a little fun today. Plus a little challenge with a prize for the winner. See directions below.

Directions: How many of these Nursery Rhymes can you name? Use your vocabulary skills to decipher the nursery rhyme characters.

Leave your answers in the comment section below.

PRIZE – First person to get all ten Nursery Rhymes correct as shown by the date and time as printed on each comment will receive a $20 gift certificate [Card] from Whole Foods.

Contest answers have to be submitted between 9:30 P.M. EST August 7, 2013  and 9:30 A.M. EST August 8, 2013 to be eligible for the prize.

Good Luck Everyone!


1.          Vintage bituminous sovereign
2.         Ebony four legged fabric source speaks out
3.         Crowned head who proves her culinary skills with crusty sweet treats
4.         Masculine descendant of an Irish musician
5.         Secretive fellow who amassed a quarter bushel of fiery condiments
6.         Equestrian who mistakenly identified a bit of plumage as pasta
7.         Feather brained boy who encountered an itinerant baker enroute to an exposition
8.         Siblings who traversed  an elevation
9.         Female scholar followed persistently by a young member of the ovine family
10.       Discriminating farm fowl whose eggs were laid solely for the upper class
Featured Recipe        Spiced French Toast with Fresh Fruit


I have not shared many breakfast recipes here at MTTD. Not sure why. Because I LOVE breakfast foods. Especially Bacon!! I often eat traditional breakfast – bacon and eggs with potatoes – for dinner or midnight snacks.

No bacon on today’s menu. But I do have something really, really special.

And with the addition of just one ingredient, I turn this breakfast into a fantastic dessert. Don’t you just love magic?

I got this recipe from my friend, Janet who was the wife of the gentleman I spoke of when I shared his eulogy and I wrote about immortality about a month ago. Janet said baking the toast in the oven was a heart-healthier way to make French Toast. I used that way in today’s recipe, but you can use the traditional way of making French Toast if you prefer. It is marvelous either way.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

4 eggs + 1 egg white*

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

4 slices thick white bread

1 tablespoon butter meted

Crushed pistachios

Fresh mint or Rosemary spring for garnish

For the Fruit

½ cup sugar

4 tablespoons fresh orange juice

About 10 ounces fresh seasonal fruit**


*NOTE: Remember a short while back, I needed 3 eggs yolks for a recipe and I said to save the whites for another dish. This is the ‘another dish.’

** NOTE: With it being summer I had to use fresh mixed berries today; plus a peach.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Put the eggs and the egg white in a bowl and whisk together.


Add the cinnamon and the allspice and continue to whisk until  well combined.



Wash and prepare the berries and the peach too.


Put the sugar and orange juice in a pan over very low heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.



Add the fruit/berries, and cook, gently stirring, about 10 minutes the remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.



Place the shelled pistachios in a small plastic bag and using a rolling pin crush the pistachios.


Melt some butter on the baking sheet in the oven. Takes about 5-10 seconds. Even it out  over the entire baking sheet with a pastry brush.


Pour the egg mixture in a shallow pan big enough to hold one or two slices of the bread. ~ I do not try to mix the eggs in a shallow pan. I prefer a deeper bowl where I can whisk really well and deep.


Dip the bread lightly in the egg mixture and lay on the buttered baking sheet.



Bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes ,  or until lightly browned. Remember, oven temps vary considerably, so watch so the bread does not burn.

Turn the bread over and bake another 2-3 minutes.


To serve, cut each slice of toast diagonally in half.



Place on a plate and spoon over the fruit. Sprinkle with the pistachios. Add a bit of mint or rosemary for garnish or decoration.


To Make a Dessert

Just add a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream.

Today I used White Chocolate with Raspberry Truffle……..heavenly decadent. To die for ‘fer’ sure!


Bon appétit!!!


4 eggs + 1 egg white                         $0.60

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon            $0.05

¼ teaspoon ground allspice               $0.05

4 slices thick white bread                   $0.60

1 tablespoon butter melted                $0.08

Crushed pistachios                            $0.20

Rosemary spring for garnish              $0.60

For the Fruit

½ cup sugar                                    $0.28

4 tbspn fresh orange juice                $2.03

10 ounces fresh seasonal fruit           $5.49

Total Cost = $9.98
Cost per person = $2.49

Quote of the Day

They dined on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat


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