An oft-repeated quote in sports goes like this: “A tie is like kissing your sister.” A google search attributes the origin of the quote to former Texas football coach Darryl Royal, Alabama coach Bear Bryant, Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty, or Navy coach Eddie Erdelatz, but regardless of who said it first, it sure fits. A weird combination of completely unsatisfying, and could have been worse. We had a tie in last year’s Banana Bread challenge, and needless to say, we weren’t eager to repeat that again in our French Toast Challenge this year.
The final showdown pitted the top two seeds against each other, with #1 Bermuda French Toast taking on #2 Blueberry Stuffed. Bermuda struggled in the first round, but ultimately just had too much and managed to avoid the upset. Blueberry Stuffed prevailed in a tough battle in its previous match-up to earn its spot in the finals. Both recipes were at their best on challenge day, and it was clear when we got them both on the plate that we were in for an entertaining and enjoyable challenge.
We started with the Blueberry, and it was good–excellent, really–but about halfway through, I stole a bite of the Bermuda. Game over. French toast like this is the reason we do the challenge. This was like 1990 UNLV or 1976 Indiana or Doree’s banana bread. As good as the blueberry was, it was simply no match for the Bermuda in my mind.
A few minutes later, all the French Toast was gone and it was time to vote. I voted for the Bermuda. Kristy also chose the right one. My children, on the other hand. Mr. N and Miss A, two beautiful, happy kids that have spent the past two years on our virtual adventure around the world seeking culinary enlightenment in preparation for this moment….and for the second time this March Madness season, I found myself disappointed by a bad call. My kids picked the blueberry. And we were stuck with a tie.
Thankfully, though, food isn’t exactly like sports and after that meal, I was plenty satisfied and the Bermuda French Toast couldn’t have been better. There would be no sister kissing today.
Kissing your brother, on the other hand. Well, that didn’t seem too bad to Miss A.
So congratulations to the co-champions of French Toast, Bermuda and Blueberry Stuffed. And now it’s time for one shining moment, French Toast Style. And Sally, we hope we’ve convinced you to try your first piece of French toast.