Almond milk mocha
Breakfast has become somewhat tricky since moving to France. I’ve not managed to settle into any sort of routine. When I was with the host family it was somewhat simple, because cost didn’t matter and there wasn’t much choice…yes technically if I wanted something different I could ask the host mum to buy it for me, but I felt awkward and guilty, so I would just eat kid’s cereal or toast with butter or jam, and there would always be nice fruit juce and nice fruit too.
Since moving in with my boyfriend it has become a lot more difficult. Frstly, the almond milk sucks in France. All the brands I’ve tried are really thick and sweet, unlike the blue diamond stuff which is quite mild in flavour, isn’t sweetened and has the same consistency as milk. Secondly, fruit is expensive (I did try doing smoothies for a while but the cost was phenomenal and you can’t get kale in France..) and thirdly, I want it to be substantial. Somehow I am finding it really hard to fulfill my breakfast requirements in a practical, easy way and within a budget.
I might have a solution. I think I’ll go french.
This weekend my boyfriend and I purchased a new espresso maker to replace his broken senseo coffee machine. We both love our new coffee machine and of course, it has a milk steamer. So I might start making myself big cups of milky coffee every mornng, and eating it with tartines, bits of bread with stuff spread on them (in England I would go for peanut butter but of course that is super expensive here so I think it will be nutella, jam or marmite). The hot milk makes it much more satisfying than regular coffee (which I do enjoy just as much) and if you buy (or make your own) pre-toasted bread bits for the tartines it’s actually pretty cheap. The great thing is that I don’t mind UHT cow’s milk or soya milk when they’re hot (ethically of course I would prefer soya milk but money is a big issue here).
Today I had the gourmand version, an almond milk mocha (I can’t tell if the milk was more airy because I steamed it badly or because of the almond milk…yesterday I used UHT milk) which I ate with mini Madeleines…something I really shouldn’t make a habit of, but they are so good and cheap in french supermarkets!