Mornings Like These…

13.10.15

Sometimes the most uncelebrated, ordinary activity can be so beautifully fulfilling that we wonder why it is that we don’t do it more often. The cold, fall air is official here in The Netherlands and the so is the windchill, and all I feel like doing on the chilly mornings we’ve been getting is snuggling up in bed doing very close to nothing. It’s hard though, to do nothing. To savour the smallest moments pr activites and be OK with them, as they are. Without reaching for our phones. In the fast paced lives most of us lead, simply taking the time to slow down and just be, to linger a little longer in the comforts of bed with a warm but simple breakfast, fresh brewed coffee and a newspaper can feed the soul in a thousand different ways. In the quiet of the morning, during those first hours of the day, time stands still. After spending a couple of days doing pretty much what you see below after a little adventure in the operating theatre at my local hospital (nothing too serious, not to worry), I thought it was a good time to share this editorial I styled and photographed with food stylist Ajda Mehmet a few months ago because those moments in bed have healed me immeasurably.

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“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like…ordinary life.” – Brian Andreas

This editorial is all about celebrating simplicity, doing something very ordinary but taking the time to savour the moment, enjoy each heavenly sip of coffee after each bite of warm, citrus infused French toast. No hurry, no deadlines, no noise. Just the calm, quiet still of the early morning.

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I styled this shoot with layers of textural simplicity – a wooly cardigan, textured Indian blanket ruffled up on the bed, imperfect hand-made ceramics and various natural materials such as terracotta, brass, wool, wood and linen bring in the warmth and cosiness I was going for. One shot of colour and pattern through the napkin was enough to break through the neutrals. I am an adoring fan of the work of Mauk Studio so we brought in a few of her plates and bowls and they are just. so. beautiful.

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Ajda whipped a beautiful, simple breakfast that you are going to ADORE. So easy and absolutely the perfect breakfast to enjoy from under the covers on a cloudy morning. It’s sweet. It’s citrusy. It’s comfort breakfasting at it’s best and the recipe is below.

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CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST WITH CITRUS YOGHURT
(adapted from an Ottolenghi dish tasted at Nopi) Serves 2

You will need:

100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
250g thick natural yoghurt 1 clementine
4 eggs
4 thick slices of bread Knob of butter

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon until evenly combined, pour half of it onto a large plate and set aside, reserving the other half for later. Place the yoghurt in a bowl, finely zest the clementine over it, stir and set aside.

Beat the eggs together and pour into a wide baking dish. Lay the bread in the beaten egg, prick all over with a fork and leave to sit for a couple of minutes to allow the bread to soak up the egg. Turn the bread over and repeat on the other side.

Once the bread is completely saturated, heat a knob of butter in a non- stick frying pan. When the butter begins to bubble and foam place two of the slices into the pan and cook on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Flip them over and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Remove the first two slices from the pan and place them on the plate of cinnamon sugar, turning to make sure they are fully coated on both sides.

Transfer them to a serving plate. Cook the remaining slices of french toast and repeat the sugar coating process using the reserved cinnamon sugar.

To serve, peel the zested clementine and place some individual segments on top of the french toast, add a large dollop of citrus infused yoghurt and enjoy straight away!

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Well guys, if this doesn’t inspire you to duck back to bed, roll on a pair of thick socks and snuggle between the layers between sips of coffee and bites of brekkie, then I just don;t know what will. Do it for the team. You’ll be happier and more relaxed for it.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and see you back here shortly. In the meantime, have you entered our Hausmerk giveaway? Hop to it, only a few days left!

Holly & team

// Styling & Photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle | Recipe & Food Styling: Ajda Mehmet

One Response to “Mornings Like These…”

  1. Twidi says:

    Hi holly, where is the cutlery from? It looks so cool!

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