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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday morning start to the day . . .

We woke this morning to beautiful blue cloudless skies and fresh snow on the Beaufort Range mountains. And on the beach a gull is dropping clams from a height to break the shells and have its breakfast.

Our breakfast consisted French Toast and coffee. For the perfect French Toast, I have found that only d'Italiano Thick Slice bread will do. Other similar products like Villagio bread are just not good enough. I use local fresh eggs and 18% cream. I lightly mix 2 eggs and about 1/2 cup cream in a bowl with a fork, then pour it over 3 slices of the bread in a flat dish, turn to coast the slices a couple of times, and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Meanwhile I preheat a heavy griddle pan over two burners at medium low heat. I lightly oil the pan with a brush dipped in canola oil, then fry the bread slices for 5 minutes each side. They puff up beautifully, but deflate when removed to the warm serving plates. J. has his with maple syrup, while I prefer homemade Wild Yellow Plum jam.

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