Monday, May 25, 2009

Unexpected Breakfast

The morning after our fabulous dinner prepared by my Uncle Hitch I awoke to the smell and sight of an alluring breakfast spread. Hitch is a great host and loves to entertain friends and family at his Greek revival farmhouse, always putting the needs and wants of his guests above his own. The dinner he made was super good and needless to say it was accompanied by an array of wines. We drank a few New Zealand whites from the Marlborough region and then moved to a heady bottle of Pauillac, a commune in the Gironde department of southwestern France. This is one of my favorite wine regions, smack in the middle of two heavy hitting producing areas; Saint-Julien and Saint-Est├Ęphe. Hitch had anticipated a groggy morning and made a simple breakfast from scratch to facilitate the recovery. When I descended the staircase from the bedrooms there were two small jugs of drip coffee and milk sitting on a platter alongside a dish of muffins. The breakfast was entirely unexpected since we had to drive back into New York City that morning and thought we had little time to eat before our departure.

Hitch had gotten up a few hours earlier and for the sheer reason of delighting his guests set to work making muffins from scratch. He used a combination of corn meal and wheat flour and then added dried currants and pine nuts to the dough before baking. They were sort of dense with tons of flavor and crunch due to the nuts, perfect for dunking into black coffee. As I mentioned in the previous post, Hitch is a phenomenal baker and these muffins attested to his skill in the pastry department. I thoroughly enjoyed the whopping four muffins I ate spread with sweet butter and Bonne Maman strawberry jam. Thanks to Hitch’s unexpected breakfast we got to have a little snack before jumping on the highway. Much to my delight we sat for a few minutes in the beautiful morning light enjoying our coffee and pastries. As always, I encourage you to enjoy and share delicious food and home cooked meals with yourself and others!

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