Sunday, January 29, 2012

Home Sweet, Sweet Home

Usual Sunday fare

Growing up, sunday mornings were synonymous with pancakes - blueberry, lemon poppyseed, and the classic apple.  I'd wake up to the smell of the batter frying on the griddle (pancakes turn out much better this way than on a frying pan) and I'd wait until I heard my mum flick on the kettle which meant they were ready before getting out of bed.  Years later, it's funny how some things never change. I sit in the same spot and take the same sections of the newspaper or grab a Good Food magazine. Bonus, there are usually leftovers that I get bring back with me!
Apple pancakes, applesauce, breakfast sausages, & maple syrup
Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes about 6 servings (48 small pancakes)  

2 eggs
1 1/2  cups buttermilk
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all-pupose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 apples, peeled and chopped

1. Whisk eggs lightly with buttermilk and butter.

2.  In a separate bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar.  Stir together very well.

3.  Whisk egg mixture into flour misture just until combined.  Add apples.

4.  Brush non-stick skillet with small amount of oil and heat.  Drop batter by tablespoon for silver dollar pancakes.  Cook on one side until bubbles appear and surface changes from shiny to dull.  Flip and cook for about 45 seconds on second side.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Wild Oat


Long-time friends + Wild Oat Goodness = bliss
Ever found a place that has just the right mix of everything: food, music, art, welcoming staff, etc...?  That's what The Wild Oat is for me.  This bakery/cafe in Ottawa's trendy neighbourhood the Glebe has been where my high school friends and I have been meeting up for brunch for years.  We all have our favourites on the menu: Jenny has the Wildplate, Chelsea has the Everything Omelette, Laura and I have fruit salads, yogurt and a treat (goat cheese croissant for her, cinnamon bun for me).  Paired with their amazing coffee, happiness in a mug.  Now that I no longer live in Ottawa, when I come home, we always know to book a Wild Oat brunch to catch up.
Together again :-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Eggspectations

Strata, salads & croissant with Bonne Maman Dulce de Leche
 The expectectations were high.  Antoine's roommate has started following the blog and was expecting results when I came up to Québec this weekend - pressure's on!  Luckily my mum had forwarded me a recipe that my sister and I had made her for Mother's day last year - Overnight Broccoli and Cheese Strata.  We paired it with fruit salad, croissants from La Boite à Pain, and salad tossed with Antoine's signature vinaigrette.  The happy roommate is pictured below - and he even went back for a second helping!
Benefits of being a Biche Breakfast follower

Overnight Broccoli and Cheese Strata



2 cups chopped fresh broccoli or asparagus
4 cups whole wheat bread (preferably stale), cubed
2 cups Swiss or Cheddar cheese
4 eggs
2 cups of milk
½ to 1 tsp dry mustard
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)…we sprinkled paprika I believe



1. In a pot of boiling water, cook broccoli just until tender-crisp, drain and pat dry. Set aside.
2. Place bread cubes in 9-inch (2.5L casserole dish, greased). Add cheese and broccoli; gently toss together.
3. In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, mustard, and cayenne; pour evenly over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and just set in centre. Let stand 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reservoir

As you can see, we were all too hungry to wait until the camera came out!
 The "biche" went for brunch this morning to meet up with some good friends at Reservoir.  Julia from Haramaki Love, Angie, and I met while doing our master's in occupational therapy and have all recently entered the working world.  We shared our experiences starting as young professionals over the delicious menu the Duluth microbrewery had to offer.

Crêpes épaisses, poires, purée de pommes, yogourt, sirop d'érable


2 oeufs pochés, lard fumé, courgettes, sauce hollandaise et muffin anglais maison


Gravlax de saumon au kimchi, oeuf poché, purée d'avocat au yuzu kosho, muffin anglais maison

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Dumpling Delight

Cucumber salad, curried beef dumpling and green tea

For Antoine's mum's birthday, we ventured in to Chinatown for a restaurant that specializes purely in dumplings - Mai Xiang Yuan.  There we were, six of us, ordering a plate of 15 dumplings each, plus 4 salads ($1 each!) - it was amazing.  The flavours ranged from leek, shrimp and egg; curried beef; lamb and onion with the option to have them either boiled or fried. Yum!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Sweet, sweet Saturdays

Blueberry Pancakes, Raspberry Jam, Lemon Yogurt & Maple Syrup
Following up on last weekend's post about fruit, I have found Antoine's Achilles when it comes to breakfast and fruit - Blueberry Pancakes.  Especially this recipe, thank you Todd, wherever you are! I should mention that the recipe recommends letting the batter sit for an hour before cooking them, leaving us time to do things like tinker on the piano, clean the floors, and pick up a newspaper. 
Life is good!

Style and travel sections of the Globe and Mail, all I need in a newspaper :-)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Resolutions

We were at a dinner party for New Year's Eve and the inevitable question about resolutions was passed around the table.  Up first was Antoine who was quick to say "to eat fruit" to which everyone replied with stunned silence.  Let me explain.  Antoine has not just a dislike, but more a fear of fruit.  There is even a hierarchy to this fear.  For example, berries are more acceptable than bananas.  So for the first breakfast on the first day of this new year, we decided on french toast (with a splash of Tia Maria) topped with yogurt, berries and granola à la Vieux Vélo.  Well let's just say I was overly hopeful for the quantity of berries Antoine was going to eat as he topped each piece of french toast with one raspberry each. Small steps, small steps...Evidently, the photo is of my breakfast. 

Sweet and salty post-exam delight

Back when we were both students, we had just finished our winter exams and were about to head out for a weekend stay in Charlevoix, Québec before spending Christmas with our respective families.  It is really our gold standard breakfast - ham and cheese french toast with blackberry 'parfait' and fried potato sides.

Biche ô ma biche

 'Bonsoir ma biche' began an e-mail my francophone partner sent me in the early stages of our relationship.  The term 'biche' -unbeknown to me- led me to this video by Frank Alamo, a French singer from the sixties.  Needless to say, the term of endearment stuck and thus the name for this blog.  Unlike deer, though, Antoine and I are more omnivorous in our diet and have compiled our favorite morning delights for your viewing and/or tasting pleasure. Bon appétit, ma biche!