The Thrasks’ Lazy Rest Day Breakfast
Olivia Thrask did not grow up in luxury. She did not grow up surrounded by loving siblings or much of anyone at all. She had only her conflicted - if attentive - father who tried to protect her as well as he could. Their relationship may not have been a placid one, but they did love each other, and each was an active part of the other’s life. I like to think of them taking time away from the anxiety and the conflict and enjoying a peaceful rest day together. In the afternoon, perhaps they went fishing along the Wounded Coast, but they began their day with a good breakfast.
- Pain Perdu (Orlesian Toast)
- Peach Sauce
- canned peaches
- brown sugar
- Crusty, firm-textured bread
- orange juice
The name means “lost bread,” and that’s just what it is: a way to use up stale bread. Odds are, you will not have stale bread on hand, so set the sliced bread out the night before to dry.
- 1 baguette
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- pinch salt
- butter for the skillet
The night before, slice the bread at 1-inch intervals and eat the heels (with olive oil and sea salt… no one will know). Leave the bread uncovered and let it dry out overnight.
The next morning, combine the milk, eggs, sugar, and salt and whisk well. Dip the bread. Let it soak up the milky eggs until it is barely soft, but do not soak it so long that it starts to fall apart.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and fry the soggy bread until it turns golden brown. You are keeping the heat low to cook the center without burning the bread or toughening the eggs.
Serve hot with warm peach sauce and crisp sausages.
- 1 15-ounce can diced peaches in light syrup
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine everything except the cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir until well blended. Heat over high heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and begins to bubble. Remove it from the heat and let it cool until it no longer poses a scalding risk.
Serve warm over the pain perdu.
Depends on the type, obviously, but there is an easy, foolproof way to cook them thoroughly without burning them. Place half a pound of sausages in a pan with 1/4 cup water, cover, and heat over high heat until the water boils. Turn the heat down to medium and cook about 10 minutes, replenishing the water if it evaporates. When the sausage is cooked through, turn the heat back up to high, remove the lid, and let the water evaporate. Remove the sausages when the water is gone and they are crisp.
Author’s Note: It’s hard to pin down the backstory here. Thrask is a templar and his daughter is a young apostate. We know that templars need special dispensation from the Chantry to marry, and that they are discouraged by the Chantry from having children (both measures reduce their financial obligations, according to David Gaider)… but Thrask’s many appearances in the Blooming Rose suggest that he possesses an active libido. It’s possible that a youthful indiscretion produced a daughter whom he acknowledged and endeavored to support, but who was not listed as a dependent in his personnel file. In other words, she (and her status) would have been off the Chantry’s records. Perhaps her mother abandoned her, leaving Thrask to foster her to a discrete family, or perhaps her mother died before her talents manifested. In any case, Thrask seems to have been her principal care-giver for some time prior to her introduction. He obviously cared about her, but he went to a lot of trouble to keep her existence a secret from his superiors. That must have caused some resentment, on both sides. I love (and pity) the Thrasks. Dragon Age does dysfunctional families very well.