"When I am in Flaujac, it is usually summer and I try to eat breakfast on the stone porch outside our kitchen. As the roster crows from across the fields, I prepare a fragrant, crunchy baguette with butter from the local dairyman. I slather the baguette in jam made from last month's crop of strawberries. Some days I prefer to try some local honey, fresh from the honey comb and purchased last Saturday from my local farmers market, or le marche. In fact, when eating this breakfast, I know that everything is grown or made locally.
From the porch, I can see across the nearby fields and smell the wildflowers that the bees visit for nectar. The honey that I am eating comes from those flowers and smells like those flowers. I can also see the fields of wheat being harvested by my neighboring farmer and I know that, eventually, this grain will become the bread that my family enjoys each morning."
Now doesn't that sound like how our breakfast should always be. This is from the Joie De Vivre by Robert Arbor. I love this book and reread it from time to time when I need inspiration on making the most of my life. Joie De Vivre is much more then a cookbook or a book about the way the french live. It is a book about how to stop and smell the roses, how to make the most of what you have, about how to really be in the moment, all witha French touch!
The reason I pulled out the book is I needed breakfast motivation. I love breakfast but HATE to cook first thing in the morning. Breakfast is such an important meal and I tend to skip it. I wanted some motivation and found it in the idea of breakfast brushette's. I love the idea of this and have been able to make it work for me. I took a picture of my brushette, a walnut bread, honey Greek yogurt, blueberry brushette and tea.
Here is my plan because I do have my budget to consider. I am going to Costco and get the La Brea demie-baguettes. There is 6 of them, so I will cut them in half and freeze them. This way I will always have yummy bread on hand. Then I got a few bits and bobs. Some slice prosciutto, fresh fruit, cheese, ect. Below I listed a few sweet and savory idea. Some from Joie De Vivre and some of my own. But really the sky it the limit. I think being pre-pared it what is important. Making sure you have the bread and a few items and then let your creativity flow!
One last thing, make your breakfast something to remember, a special moment. Pick a lovely spot in your home, make sure it is clean, pull out a special piece of china and tea cup. Use a pretty cloth napkin, maybe some lovely music in the background. These really are small things but will help you start your day on the right foot. If you have children I think this sends two important messages. Eating is something to be savored and appreciated. Also momma is to be appreciated. We do need to teach this to our children!
almond butter and peach slices drizzled with coconut sugar
ricotta and berries drizzled with honey
yogurt (Greek honey yogurt is perfect for this) with fresh plum slices
butter sprinkled with coco-powder and sugar
nuttella with sliced bananas
orange marmalade and a pice of bittersweet chocolate
olive oil and mozzarella w/ salami
ham and swiss cheese
olive tapenade and goat cheese
sliced avocado and mushrooms
melon or fresh figs and prosciutto
scrambled eggs, tomatoes and pesto
gilled veggies and fontina cheese