I love breakfasts over on the continent, which is what we would call mainland Europe here in the UK. Anytime we have travelled there I have really enjoyed the Continental Breakfast Buffets with their cereals, cheeses, meats, fruits, yogurt, crusty rolls, and fresh croissants. You just don't want to eat bacon and eggs every morning, and these delightfully fresh buffets provide a lovely change from that!
One of the things I love most on these buffet tables is the fresh fruit and the stewed fruit. The last time we went to Austria, there were the most gorgeous stewed plums on offer. I had a small bowl of them every morning the whole time we were there. This dish here today hearkens back to a kinder, simpler age when stewed prunes might often be on the menus of many breakfast tables.
Dried prunes have been widely available for a long time, and made a change in the winter when fresh fruit was scarce or quite expensive. Soft and sweet and loaded with lots of fibre and vitamins, they make for a very pleasant breakfast dish.
I love them any time of the day, and often eat them as a snack, out of hand . . . but, when they are stewed like this, in a mix of Earl Grey tea and marmalade, they go down very well.
Such a simple thing to do. Just bring some water to the boil, and add a couple of tablespoons of orange marmalade, or ginger jam if you prefer . . . and a couple of tea bags . . .
Marinated overnight and served chilled from the refrigerator with some natural Greek yogurt, these were divine. I served them in some antique cut glass fruit dishes that I have and only ever rarely use.
I felt like I was on the set of a 1950's sitcom. I think I must have been born 20 years too late because these are the simple kinds of recipes which really speak to my culinary soul. I love them.
*Earl Grey Stewed Prunes*
Makes 4 servings
Kind of old fashioned, but with a modern twist. These are simply delicious.
1 knob of preserved ginger, coarsely chopped2 TBS orange marmalade
I really hope you will make these. Simple flavours. Simple techniques. Beautifully put together for maximum enjoyment. Bon Appetit!