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French Toast & Food in ‘The Six’ by K. B. Hoyle (guest post)

I never honestly thought that somebody would ask me about the food in The Six, the first book in my fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but as with most things in my writing, I was very purposeful in what food I mention throughout the story. Obviously what your characters eat in any story is going to be important, fantasy or otherwise, because it’s another element that transports the reader to the world you’ve created.

For The Six, being a transportation fantasy, I had to figure out a few dishes for our world, and for the world to which my characters are transported—the world of Alitheia. The dishes for our world were easy enough, as they are camp meals that I based off of the actual meals I ate at family camp growing up. The first breakfast that Darcy partakes of at camp is French toast, which I also mention is her favorite breakfast food (obviously chosen because it is also MY favorite breakfast food). I’ve included my recipe for French toast below if you’d like to make it how Darcy likes it best. The rest of the camp meals are very basic, good Midwestern stock—nothing too complicated. For the food in Alitheia, I kept things rather bland. My characters are in hiding in the first book, and spend much of their time underground, so I wanted the food choices to reflect that. They eat a lot of mushroom and root dishes and very simple breads. Not terribly exciting, perhaps, but certainly what I thought people would actually eat in that scenario. One interesting challenge I had, however, was that whenever I introduced meat into a meal, I had to be careful about what meat I said they were eating. Alitheia contains what I call High and Low animals. High animals have basically all the capacities of human beings, except that they are animals, and they cannot be harvested for food. Only Low animals may be eaten. So I constantly had to go back and check and make sure that I hadn’t accidently had my characters consume an animal they were not permitted to eat. Truthfully, this can be a headache at times, as I continue to write books in the series, but I think it’s worth it to maintain the consistency of the world that is Alitheia.

Darcy’s Favorite French Toast

Picture of french toast

1/2 loaf French bread
2 eggs
2-3 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cooking oil or bacon fat
Butter
Syrup
¼ cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

  1. Preheat a skillet with oil or bacon fat over medium heat.
  2. While the skillet is preheating, slice your French bread into thick slices and set aside (recipe should make about 8 slices).
  3. Mix the eggs and milk with a fork or whisk until well mixed.
  4. Add sugar and cinnamon to the egg wash and mix well.
  5. Submerge each slice of bread in the egg wash and place on preheated skillet, turning so that both sides are cooked to a golden brown.
  6. Immediately butter each slice upon removing them from the skillet and serve hot with syrup. |Optional: while the skillet is still hot, caramelize some walnuts or pecans in extra sugar, cinnamon, and butter, and serve with the hot toast along with powdered sugar. (These would go well with  my Pecan Sauce! or HECK even some Maple Bacon Beer Jam!)

The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1) by K. B. Hoyle
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Published: April 5, 2012 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop
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Summary:

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.

When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe? From Goodreads.com

About the Author:

K. B. Hoyle is a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to two rambunctious little boys, an expectant mother to baby number three, and has been a classical educator for five years. She always knew from a young age that she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre to read and write is Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. Hoyle began writing her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be valuable experience and practice for the novels she would publish as an adult.

K. B. Hoyle is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming and planning for all the stories she hopes to write in the future.From Goodreads.com

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