This is a recipe of care.
Do not expect a new idea of breakfast today or a fancy morning meal bowl laid out on the table (kitchen sink actually).
Close your eyes and go back in time.
You’re in bed and your mom, or dad, grandma, whoever is taking care of you in your memory, calls you ‘cause it’s time to wake up.
You drag yourself to the kitchen and the comfiest breakfast is waiting for you.
You still don’t know the concept of comfort food in your picture but that is precisely how you built it in your mind during the years.
The people who love you are all gathered around, the kitchen table is set with warm, simple good cooking, the quiet start of another day is gently waking you up.
Well, it was never quite nor gently for us, a family of 6 plus the dog, living in 60 mq squares aha, but this has not made it bad for us kids. Quite the opposite probably.
My breakfast for today is a celebration of neighbour’s kindness and I decided to name it the neighbour’s breakfast.
I was moved when J from downstairs came up with this gorgeous zopf she prepared herself, such a tasty and rich typical Swiss bread to which I can not find a single flaw: it is good, it lasts days, done homemade, fresh, warm, with a crispy crust, come on, it has it all!
We ate it with a rich homemade marmalade pudding spread made by E, my neighbour upstairs (really people, am I lucky or what?) who went to her sister in Lucerne where she harvested sweet organic apples to make delights for the palate. Needless to say, we also love E dried apples not to mention the applesauce we have prepared in tons – and we have almost finished it, too good.
This kind of breakfast to me is heaven. Not only it reminds me of the simple flavours and ingredients of home but it also fills my heart with gratitude for having such great people around me.
This breakfast takes the interpretation of comfort food to another level: it is childhood, home cooking and care blending together.
It is like, for a moment, I am home again, seated at the long wooden table and my breakfast can taste nothing but good.
ps. If you like some of the preparation you see in this section of the blog, like breads, jams, omelettes, zopf too and so on, you will find them soon collected in a pdf, easily downloadable from the homepage.
In the meantime, for those wishing to take a peek at the apple sauce recipe, I suggest you visit Stella’s IG feed and learn about the preparation, also available in English.
And you if you in Zürich, please visit the beautiful and inspiring IG feed of Katharina Arrigoni, a bread teacher, and let me know if you would like to go together. Below all the details.
See you soon!