One of the lovely things about being here in France, away from the 9 to 5 routine, is starting the day whenever we feel like it.
Now that doesn’t mean always sleeping in – we tend to be early-to-bed early-to-rise people (isn’t that meant to make you healthy wealthy and wise?… I’m still waiting!) Occasionally we are up even before the first church bells ring at 7am – but as a general rule, Tony spoils me by bringing me a lovely cup of herbal tea in bed while I grab my laptop and catch up on cyberspace.
Then he usually follows that with my standard breakfast of yogurt (yaourt) topped with some of the delicious croustillant muesli you can get here (after much searching, we were happy to finally found a similar cluster-type muesli in Aldi in Australia).
But the other morning he surprised me with this:
Soft boiled eggs and croutons. Yum.
And the next day, croissants…
(leftovers from when we bought “un lot” of buy-3-get-1-free from a lovely bakery in Chateauroux (well, in neighboring Le Forum): Boulangerie Marie Blachère which makes their own really delicious Baguette du Marie…
… which has similarities to the Ciabatta Pugliese we love to purchase any time we are at Adelaide’s Central Market – a really crunchy hard crust and light and airy inside.
We “accidentally” bought “un lot” of that as well so some ended up in the freezer… unusual for us, but from the amount of baguettes we see other people buying at times it must be a common thing to do, because as beautiful as the fresh bread is here, it doesn’t keep well, and soon loses its wonderful crunchiness, although easily heated up on the top of the toaster using the handy little pop-up cradle…
… or toasts or grills to perfection and are perfect to use as subs for lunch.
Tony had a go at making his own baguettes recently, after buying a baguette tray.
Very successful, although next time he wants to make bigger ones, more like what we normally buy from the patisserie (or even the supermarkets who bake on-site): “un pain” rather than the skinnier baguettes.
Whatever size or shape, fresh out of the oven they are irresistible, any time of day!