Breakfast & Brunch

Breakfast & Brunch2018-02-18T09:31:55+00:00

My two favorite meals to eat out (No starting the day with a sinkful of dishes!) may also just be my two favorite meals to invite people over for (No skimping on the bacon!).


Quince Jelly (for jelly novices)

There are few kitchen tasks as rewarding as making quince jelly. Some fruit, some water, some sugar; a strainer, a saucepan, a hot burner…and then the magic happens. First th [...]

October 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Single-Rise Moroccan Bread

This is the homemade bread recipe for people (like me) who don’t just *love* bread baking. It is easy. It exceeds my expectations for shape, texture, and flavor. The dusky, d [...]

October 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Scones irlandais

Je me permets d’appeler ces scones ‘irlandais’ depuis que Janet, ma copine irlandaise, a proclamé qu’ils étaient ‘comme ceux de ma grand-mère.’ En effet, je cherchais les sav [...]

March 15th, 2019|1 Comment

(Irish) Scones

I’m taking the liberty of calling these ‘Irish Scones’ after they got the ‘Just like my Granny’s!’ seal of approval from my Irish friend Janet. (I also think of them as Irish [...]

March 15th, 2019|1 Comment

Sloe Gin Kir Royal

Sloe gin replaces the traditional crème de cassis in the iconic French aperitif. This one falls in the category of ‘Why didn’t I think of it before?’ I love the idea of sloe [...]

November 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Just-Sweet-Enough Granola

Most granolas are really just dessert disguised as breakfast food—something I learned when I made granola for the first time in a hipster New York City bakery and saw how muc [...]

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

One-Banana Bread

This recipe is proof positive of why every cook should know how to make—and use—a vegan egg. I always seem to have one over-ripe banana. There it will sit, on my counter, get [...]

April 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Teurgoule (Norman Rice Pudding)

What is the matter with Mary Jane? She's crying with all her might and main, And she won't eat her dinner - rice pudding again - What is the matter with Mary Jane? From ‘Rice [...]

March 21st, 2018|2 Comments

Ballymaloe’s Irish Soda Bread

If there is one thing you should make (or learn to make) for Saint Patrick’s Day, it is Irish Soda Bread. In fact, you should make (or learn to make) Irish soda bread, period [...]

March 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Croissants aux amandes “maison”

Il n’y a rien de pire—et rien de meilleur— que des croissants de la veille. Rien de pire, car chaque bouchée sèche, un peu dure d’un croissant de la veille ne sert qu’à rappe [...]

November 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Croissants aux amandes “maison”

Almond Croissants

There is nothing worse—and nothing better—than day-old croissants. Nothing worse, because each chewy, slightly stale bite of a day-old croissant is a reminder of how good the [...]

November 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Le Pommé “maison”

Le pommé porte confusion. A Cancale et aux alentours “un pommé” est une sorte de chausson aux pommes fait avec une pâte plus riche qu’une simple pâte feuilletée. A Cancale, l [...]

October 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Le Pommé “maison”

Homemade Apple Butter

Each year, I make more. I have not yet reached the apple butter output of nearby villages in Brittany where le pommé (the local term for apple butter) is simmered and stirred [...]

October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Breton Buckwheat-Apple Cake

It is so very, very rare that a recipe one imagines turns out just right the very first time that it’s important to call it out, celebrate it, tell everyone about it. ‘Cause [...]

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Homemade Fruit Jam

I have a little problem with large quantities of fruit for sale. I see them, and I must have them—for jam, natch. Nevermind that a 5-pound flat of strawberries will make thre [...]

August 18th, 2017|1 Comment

Wild Plum Compote

I have been wracking my brain for a way to make ‘compote’ sound sexy. Exciting. Like something you want to jump out of your chair and make immediately. And I keep coming up w [...]

August 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

Savory French Toast Tartines

It has been a busy couple of weeks since I was last able to shop for food. Good-busy, with lots of eating out and seeing friends, but bad-busy in the sense that a lot of food [...]

June 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Wild Garlic Spanish Tortilla

How can so few people in Brittany (or at least my part of Brittany) know about three-cornered leeks? Until my recent (as in, 2 minutes ago) internet search I’ve been calling [...]

April 26th, 2017|1 Comment

Muffins à la rhubarbe

10 euros le kilo! Ca c’est le prix de la rhubarbe aux Etats-Unis. Sans blague…et j’étais tellement effarée quand la vendeuse au marché là-bas m’a cité ce prix que je l’ai pre [...]

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Rhubarb Muffins

Still reeling from the jacked-up rhubarb prices in the US, (FIVE DOLLARS A POUND! That’s almost as much as organic strawberries—for a perennial that grows like a weed whereve [...]

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Gingery Pumpkin Bread

The first time I made pumpkin bread in France was for an English class I taught in a sunny ground floor room of a small town community center. The class ran from 2:30 to 4 in [...]

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments
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