I like to believe that a decent breakfast can only be followed by a nice day. In Paris, going out for a croissant or two is my favorite activity, but even when I'm at home, I try to take time for boiling eggs and squeezing oranges. And reading magazines, because a slice of bread tastes best with some fashion on top.
Last week, I created my own winter version of our national TV chef Jeroen Meus' granola. After chopping up 125 g of white almonds, I put them in a large basin together with 300 g of oatmeal flakes, 50 g of pine nuts, 50 g of rasped coconut and 75 g of sesame seed. I added 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, an equal amount of liquid honey and 85 g of brown sugar. I mingled the ingredients, spread them out on a baking sheet and put it in a preheated oven at 150°C for 30 minutes. Every now and then, I gave my muesli a stir to make sure all the flakes got properly roasted. Here I used some raisins, banana and yoghurt to finish what turned out to be a very flavorous (and photogenic) breakfast.
Another tip to make that first meal more special: use your fancy tableware. These stunning, seventies inspired HK Living ceramics were kindly offered to me by HUT, a great gift shop in Mechelen. The bowls also exist in a bigger size, but I love the idea of small, separate dishes to mix and match à la minute. Bon appétit!
The bowls (and many, many other pretty things) are available at the HUT store in Mechelen. There's a limited collection of objects online too.
All pictures are taken by me.