Still recovering from jet leg, I woke up slightly early for being a Saturday –I should probably have overindulged in a lazy, late weekend morning.Outside, the level of snow increased overnight to the point that it is now hard to distinguish houses and trees. “Time for a warm breakfast”, I thought.
Yesterday, I went grocery shopping in a local food coop in Hardwick, more or less 5 miles far from where I live. I was surprised about finding so much good food in here. Really, stereotypes about trash food in the US don’t apply to rural Vermont. Here, is more a paradise for local&organic foodies, with amazing dairy products, great grains and astonishing maple syrup and craft beers. Surely enough, greens are really expensive. I could find just local organic apples and carrots, but as for the rest, it all comes from Mexico and California and is terribly pricey. This is the only thing I can actually be unhappy about, but that’s fine.
Anyway, I bought a bunch of staples for the next few days, including local flour from this mill and bakery, muesli, oatmeal, granola, nuts, grains, legumes, berries –all sold unpacked by the pound in recyclable paper bags. Amazing. And also some great french style bread, some coffee –the best seems to be this one– and cranberry jam –what else? 😀 I passed through the dairy section and was delighted by fresh butter, organic local milk sold in gallons, big jars or fat free, natural, organic yogurt and free-range, organic multicolor eggs sold by the dozen (that I can’t wait to use and photograph!). Wowow.Good food is surely more expensive than in Italy. But it’s totally worthy.
So, this morning I was pretty settle for breakfast. A lazy, comforting breakfast in the dining room of the inn, with a big mug of black coffee and a view to the outside white landscape. Unbeatable.My recipe for breakfast in this new, spring American season will be healthy and nutritious but absolutely good. Good and good for me. Yes. And will be more or less this one:
My Vermont Muesli (per serving):
- – 1 tablespoon natural, unsweetened corn fakes
- – 1 handful natural oatmeal
- – 1 tablespoon dried berries or raisin
- – 1 teaspoon nuts (almonds or pecans or walnuts)
- – 4 tablespoons natural fat
- -free yogurt
- – 1 ripe small banana sliced
- – 1/2 small organic apple, sliced
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy with your favourite morning drink (for me dark American coffee).
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