sur la table

sur la table, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

[this is my nightstand.]

sometimes, it’s good to stop. to rest. to enjoy the lovely Autumn light streaming in through your window.

to read a book.
drink some tea.

to turn off all the noise, and thoughts, the tasks and just…

sorry for the quiet around here, but i’ve needed it.
be back to baking and posting soon!

hope you are all happy and well.



simple things

simple things, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i have found the simplest things in life bring the greatest satisfaction.

this morning, i enjoyed an egg sunny side up with lots of freshly cracked black pepper, whole wheat toast with sweet cream butter, french press, an open window to usher in the beginnings of Autumn and some time with my guitar.

*happy contented sigh*

i hope you find something simple and lovely to enjoy today. you deserve it.


p.s. – my method for eggs sunny side up:

heat a pat of butter in a small skillet over medium high heat.  when sizzling, crack an egg into the pan.  cook for a minute or so until the white solidifies.  toss some kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper over top, and cover with a lid.  fry about 2-3 minutes more until the yolk *just* begins to solidify around the edges, but is “wobbly” in the center.  remove immediately and enjoy.

magical buttermilk pancakes

magical buttermilk pancakes, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.


these are magical.

especially when topped with cinnamon cream syrup.
magical, i tell you.

these are the very same pancakes i told you about before – see how magical they really are? they can be blueberry, or plain, or chocolate chip, or even sprinkled with fairy dust. whatever you want.

Magical Buttermilk Pancakes
makes about 8 smallish pancakes.
i recommend tripling this recipe – these freeze exceptionally well if wrapped securely in plastic wrap (I love using that press&seal stuff).

1 large egg
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons applesauce (or oil. but trust me, you cannot even tell the difference when you use applesauce! try it.)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch kosher salt

* blueberries, chocolate chips, cooked and chopped bacon, etc. optional – about 1 cup.

heat a little butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Beat egg in a large mixing bowl, then incorporate remaining ingredients just until smooth.

ladle about 1/4 cup batter onto skillet and cook about 1 minute before adding any of the optional ingredients (blueberries, choco chips…) over the batter. i just grab a handful and sprinkle over the top.
When edges are golden and cooked through, flip pancake over and cook about a minute more.
Place in a warm oven, on a cooling rack or in your face.

best served with generous pats of sweet butter and cinnamon cream syrup, or real maple syrup. i mean, in my opinion.

hope you enjoy the magic!