From Too Many Chefs -

May 8, 2005
Toasted fig bread with spring honey

fig toast.jpgWhen I was growing up in the Chicago suburbs in the 1970s my mother used to buy tubs of industrialized honey butter. I can't remember the catchy name this concoction had but I do remember how much I loved slathering it over hot toast. I can't say for certain, but I think I probably even buttered the toast first, then covering with a mixture of honey and butter.

For breakfast this morning we had the grown-up gourmet version of this delicacy. Fig bread from the best little bakery in Paris, toasted and treated to a little organic unsalted butter and then covered with a thin layer of miel de printemps from my favourite honey producer. The bread was so light and airy inside that when toasted it became as crisp as a cracker, but the butter and honey softened it to a satisfying edible crunch. The fig and honey were perfect partners, the soft marshmallow texture and taste complimenting the nutty fruit perfectly, with a little sweet butter making it even richer. People ask me sometime what it's like living in Paris and I have to say that most of the time it's just living, you know? I don't appreciate this city often enough, caught up as I am in the daily round of métro-boulot-dodo (metro-work-sleep). But this morning, combining treats from two of my favourite food sources I remembered again one of the reasons I love this city.

At the same time, it reminded me of making breakfast with my mom all those years ago in West Chicago IL (pop. 13,500) which was nice too. I can't wait 'til I can share it with my son too.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at May 8, 2005 4:10 AM | TrackBack

I love your post, it's like a description of happiness.

Posted by Pascale on May 8, 2005 at 10:13 AM

Thanks Pascale! I hadn't thought of it that way, but you are right. Sometimes the blog is a way of passing on how blessed I feel by life!

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 9, 2005 at 3:02 AM

my mom still lives in west chicago. and we bought those yummy tubs of butter honey too. Probably from the local Jewel

Posted by T on May 10, 2005 at 2:12 PM

T - I wrote to ask my mom what it was called but she didn't remember either. She's moved to St. Charles now, which completely lacks charm compared to WeGo in my opinion!

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 11, 2005 at 7:18 AM

Meg, you make me nostalgic for your childhood --- that's potent writing.

Posted by Elsa on May 11, 2005 at 8:55 AM