Olive Oil Avocado Toast

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Avocado toast had something to do with that. For sure.

Breastfeeding too (still) (sigh), Molly’s granola bars, and lovingly packed family dinner leftovers. Proof croissants and Sidecar doughnuts. Coffee. At some point, Stephan learned how to roast a chicken like a real Frenchman and got way into Japanese yams. But let me tell you about my avocado toast first.

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It’s a Giveaway: My Berlin Kitchen

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Of course I said yes when the nice people at Viking/Penguin Books offered me a copy of Luisa Weiss's My Berlin Kitchen, now in paperback, to give away here. 

That’s how I ended up in the kitchen, with the book off my shelf and much contented sighing, making this Pflaumenkuchen. That’s German for a pillowy yeasted coffee cake topped with plums. Oh, but I had mostly pluots, so really it was a however-you-say-pluots-in-German-kuchen.   

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Coffee Cardamom Popsicles

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There’s a popsicle party happening over at Billy’s! As usual, I’m running late, because I can’t decide which shoes go best with my popsicles. 

Because he is that much fun (see: Wit & Vinegar), Billy says you can have popsicles for breakfast. So here’s your morning cup of coffee, cold and creamy, on a stick. 

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Ina Garten’s Banana Bran Muffins

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Ina always makes me think of my mom. She’s a big fan.

I have, of course, been thinking about my mom a lot lately. She’s always been so breezy, so Ina about motherhood. Even with me who, as a child, loved to draw in her cookbooks and hated taking naps. (So naturally, West is a nap-hater, too.)

I keep wondering when I’m going to feel like a mom. These past few months, I’ve felt more like an unranked player in some sweaty, drooly sport, one where you have to hit the ground running and can be knocked out in any round. 

So you have to bring snacks.

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Omelettes, Volume 1

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While I’m in between diaper changes, here are a couple recipes from the omelette fest we’ve been having here (so tempted to start calling here Westeros).

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Greens + Goat Cheese Frittata

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The farmers market has been so kind to these new parents. I love when everything is so green and dewy and unfussy. (Baby, take note.) 

We’ve been having so many omelettes and salads (like so), because most days, that mid-morning/early afternoon meal needs to be something I can make without thinking.

The other day, though, I don’t know if it was a trickle of creative juice or baby drool I was feeling, but I put a bit more into it and out came this frittata.

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Banana Espresso Bread

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A new baby needs you to always have cake in the house.  

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Toasted Steel-Cut Oats with Maple-Apple Compote

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Of course, the first breakfast I made back home with the baby had to be oatmeal. 

Kim Boyce has a recipe for a beautiful bowl of oats toasted in butter, topped with cream and fruit caramelized in maple syrup. I now make it from a hazy memory, but It goes a little something like this.

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The same night I finally wrote that last bit about being pregnant, I woke up needing to go to the hospital to have the baby five days early. Our first breakfast together went something like this.

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It was the most exquisite instant oatmeal I’ve ever had.

We named him West, which came to us on a night when, as usual, we were on the freeway, heading home. It seems appropriate for the only true southern Californian in our family. Which is what we are now, which is still so weird to me, but oh so nice. 

I’ll be back here soon with more to say, and a recipe for a much slower bowl of oats. Maybe even a baby photo.

Ladurée’s Hot Chocolate

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I found out I was pregnant about a month after we got back from France.  

The first thing I did was buy a new bikini. 

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xo breakfast