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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We have a winner!! And....Tablescape Thursday- a Light Breakfast for 2

Happy Thursday!! 

You all know what that means.... we all get to play with our dishes and be inspired to create a lovely setting for our friends and families to enjoy a meal together. What could be better?? And when do we ever create as many memories as we do at the table??
Come join us at Between Naps on the Porch, say hi to our gracious hostess Susan. Then relax and enjoy...

But FIRST.......

We have a winner!!! As you know, CSN Stores very generously offered to sponsor a giveaway here at Bramasole. They have over 200 stores online and I can't even tell you how many hours I've spent browsing and dreaming. (Mr Bramasole wants to get his hands on this wish list of mine- he's getting nervous!)

So, we are SO very excited to announce that the winner of the 60 dollar gift certificate from CSN is..........

Diann from The Thrifty Groove

Oh my gosh, I'm so happy for her! If you haven't been over to Diann's blog, please go visit! This girl knows how to shop- you wouldn't believe some of the things she finds! Can't wait to see what she gets with this!

Diann and Troy- we want to see pictures!!

And a HUGE thank you to CSN Stores. You've been wonderful to work with and it's clear from the response that the blogging community and it's readers love you.

Now on to today's table. After some absolutely gorgeous Spring weather lately, the last few days have been really "yucchy" as Allie would say. It hasn't just rained- it's POURED! 

Gray skies and a drop in temperature for more than a day does nothing for my mood. Mr. B. would definitely agree

So this morning I decided to use up some bits of this and that in the fridge and make a nice breakfast to enjoy while catching up on some emails and Facebook messages. Now, this would have been much more productive and relaxing if Facebook hadn't decided that it doesn't like me today, but it was a nice breakfast anyway. 

The vintage card table is perfect for 2...

Unfortunately, the gray day doesn't bode well for good pictures

It was too wet to bring any real flowers in, so these stylized ones will have to do..

I've had these miniature cocotte pots for quite some time and find them perfect for many brunch and lunch dishes. I have them in multiple colors and have even used them for mac and cheese at a children's party.

Amber bubble glasses, vintage etched juice glasses, and a vintage handstitched tea cloth bought at an estate sale in NY. It has some damage on one edge, but who can see it? I would find it disrespectful to the woman who spent so many hours working on this to just dispose of it

Breakfast is served

Eggs over a base of leeks, spinach, mushrooms, and creme fraiche...

Batons of crusty bread to dip in the creamy egg...

and fresh Farmer's Market fruits, coffee, and juice

These eggs can be made in individual ramekins or the mini cocottes as I've done

Eggs en Cocotte

2 large eggs
a bit of olive oil
1 cup sliced leeks (white and light green parts only)
1 cup chopped wild  mushrooms ( pretty much any veggie will do- I’ve used asparagus and artichoke hearts with excellent results)
1 cup chopped spinach
4 Tbsp creme fraîche or leftover Bechamel sauce
salt & pepper
baguette, cut into long thin strips ( I very lightly toasted them- personal preference)
chives (optional)
In a medium skillet, saute leeks in olive oil for 2-3 minutes (until it begins to wilt). Add mushrooms and spinach and saute another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a deep saute pan, bring about 2 inches of water to a boil – fill it enough so that when the cocottes or ramekins are placed inside, the water goes half way up the side. Meanwhile, place one tablespoon of creme fraîche at the bottom of each ramekin. Next, divide the leek and chanterelle mixture in half and add on top of the creme fraîche. Add another tablespoon of creme fraîche in each ramekin. Finally, crack one egg on top of each serving (don’t break the yolk). Season with salt and pepper.
Gently place each ramekin in the boiling water and cook until the whites are opaque- this can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes (do not place a lid on the pan!). Once the eggs are done, carefully remove from the water. Garnish with chopped chives and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Serve with toasted baguette cut into thin strips for  dipping.

Congratulations again to Diann!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday and bring your appetitie!

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. Pattie, what a beautiful table! I love your dishes, and I love what is in and on them! The perfect seeing for two. Now, when may I join you??? ;-)

    Congrats to Diann on the win! YEA!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  2. Yippee! I cannot believe I won! I am so excited! Thank you so much! Now, I cannot wait to shop!! Thank you so much Pattie and Allie!!

    I love that tea towel! It is so pretty and like you said, you can always hide the damaged part. And those plates are beautiful! I love to use the little cocottes (which by the way is a new word to me!). Breakfast looks beyond yummy!

  3. What a cozy little table for two and a yummy breakfast. Nothing could be nicer on a gray day! Thanks...

  4. Congrats to Diann! Your dishes and your food looks so good. Just beautiful.

  5. Love the attention to detail. And the bread service, adorable!

  6. Oh this is so lovely and it looks so inviting. Love your pretty dishes and the food just sounds fantastic. Now I am really hungry. How pretty and what a special treat. Hugs, Marty

  7. Pattie, will you adopt me?!! Omgosh is there nothing you can do. I don't even like eggs that much but I want to taste yours. Beautiful table beautiful meal and I am sure wonderful conversation if you were there. Hugs KATHYSUE

  8. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...I'm sooo happy for Diann! She's just the sweetest lady...your CSN gift certificate couldn't have gone to a better person (well, except for me! Hehe!) Congrats Diann!!! Pattie that really was so sweet of you and CSN to do this giveaway!!!

    Darlin', I'm so sorry that you're weather has been a bit gray but your sweet little table and breakfast surely brightened the day! Girlfriend, I just love those pretty black plates with the red flowers...gorgeous! Ohh, and that handmade vintage tea cloth is exquisite! Such a beautiful table, my friend! Ohhh my, I would have loved that breakfast!!!

    I'm so glad that you stopped in today for a visit! Thank you for leaving such a sweet know that you always just brighten my day!!! And...we've been having the same old gray days here at my place too! Sooo thank you, sweet lady!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. Nice inviting breakfast table...those cocottes come in so handy for a multitude of things.

  10. Even though the weather wasn't cooperating, your beautiful dishes brightened my day. The breakfast looks colorful and yummy too. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a pretty table, and the food looks delicious! I really like the cocoette dishes and the etched goblets as well as the amber bubble glasses and the plates. Like your bread basket too! Very pretty tablescape!

  12. If you leave out the strawberries and kiwi I could be in heaven! Looks beautiful and delicious. Miss you.

  13. LOVE those mini cocottes! SO adorable, and they look wonderful on those dramatic floral plates. Now I'm craving breakfast!

  14. Yum!! Oh...I wish we lived closer it would be so much fun to chat over breakfast!! Your tablescape is beautiful! Red has always been my favorite color! Isn't it so much fun to use those mini pots! The kids alway love it when we use them...makes meals a little bit more special and fun!
    Glad the sun is coming out! We are hoping for sun tomorrow!! Have a great weekend :)

  15. Pattie and Allie, It may have been grey outside, but your beautiful table brings sunshine inside! Rich colors and bright patterns- who needs flowers when they are all over your plate.

    I just adore the menu and your photography is fantastic. If you don't mind I am going to copy this whole menu and have it when I have some friends for breakfast! Yummy! I'll share all the kudos with you though.
    xo YVonne

  16. Oh, what a lovely breakfast table! I love your dishes and love the looks of the tasty food.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. Love your pretty dishes and your eggs look wonderful too! This is all delightful~

  18. Congratulations to Diann. Uuuuuhhhh, it's 3. a.m. for me and when I look at this incredible yummy looking breakfast table with all the pretty details but without any chance to get a tiny bit of it, it's somehow like a torture for me. When I go to bed now to coontinue my sleep, I am sure I will dream of it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  19. Pattie, I love the linens, the way you have the bread sticks tied together in the basket, the colorful plates and those miniature casseroles are so cute! I've been looking for something like those. Such a cute, cute table!

  20. WOW! Looks and sounds like this is wonderful. Your tablescape is stunning!
    I will be your newest follower!

  21. What a beautiful table. What fun it would be to be a guest in your home, just to see your gorgeous tablescapes and sample your wonderful food. Delightful!!!

  22. I love your cozy breakfast table setting.

  23. What a great table for two! I love the black floral plates and the little cocottes are sooo cute. I love seeing the food served along with the beautiful tablescaping. Joni

  24. Wonderful breakfast on that fabulous table! Lovely dishes and yummy food! Congrats to Diane!...Christine

  25. Oh Ladies, Your breakfast looks scrumptious! I love the little cocottes and the recipe to go with it. How cute how you tied up the slices of bread. Very nice presentation. The colorful plates and glasses add to the festivity.

  26. Love the dark plates with the bright colours on them! Delicious looking food! A lovely spot to have some breakie!


  27. Beautiful tablescape and congrats to the winner, very lucky!! Yummy recipe.

    Art by Karena

  28. So beautiful tablescape, all looks delicious!


  29. Congratulations to Diane on winning your give away, Pattie!

    I absolutely adore everything about this beautiful breakfast presentation -- the setting, the tablescape, the accessories and the delicious meal! Pure perfection! You really are one talented and inspiring woman, Pattie.

    ♥ Pat

  30. hi pattie,
    your table setting is very striking with those bold dishes. i like it!! i love how you made the eggs in those cute little pots! i keep seeing them in the store and wondering what you make with them!! looks like i will need to make a purchase!!!
    i hope you enjoyed this appetizing breakfast after all your hard work!
    all the best,

  31. What a beautiful table you've put together! so cozy and charming. I love the amber bubble glass and those little pots!


  32. What a charming table! I absolutely love the etched glasses--they're gorgeous. Imagine how much time and love went into making the tablecloth. Your food looks yummy, as always.

  33. Hi Ladies, What a beautiful post! I can't keep up with you all! I love all the the accessories and linens and contrasts of colors and styles. The placement of table is so pretty next window with chairs overlooking the garden. The deep colors in plates are amazing with delicate card table linen drawn work table cloth. I have many of them with matching napkins and you gave me some great ideas. The red big mugs are a perfect foil for the finishing touch and look wonderful all together as well. You both have a sense of flair that is such a vision and creative big picture . You are teaching me priceless skills to use daily that can be embedded in my mind!I feel so blessed to have found your lifestyle blog out of all the blogosphere "out" there!It reminds me of my family good childhood times. Thank and many blessings to you all, ~Emelia~~

  34. Hi Pattie, You have such attention to detail and presentation. I love how the fruit looks against the colorful dish. Also I adore your linen colletction. I would never get rid of a slightly worn out handmade piece either.

    I totally appreciate your comment on paneling on my designer challenge and can't wait to see your ideas for my living room. :)

  35. Pattie-Beautiful depite the gray skies! I LOVE those etched glasses! The recipe looks and sounds divine-- but leftover bechamel :)??? It's too good to be left over! I know Diann is a happy winner. It was a great giveaway!

  36. Oh, Pattie, your table is wonderful. I love all the elements you've put together especially the plates (black is so dramatic) and the little pots that are perfect for the eggs.

    And a huge congrats to Diann for winning your giveaway. Lucky girl!

  37. Come just want to sit back and enjoy this breakfast with calm and serenity ;)
    PS: I started to translate my blog in English, not by any chance have a look, if I had ever done something wrong! Thanks girls ^ _ ^

  38. Congratulations to your 2nd winner. Your breakfast looks so beautiful I'd be loathe to touch it. Very nicely done! It really looks something you'd see in a food magazine. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  39. CONGRATS to Diann and I LOVE your breakfast table :)


  40. Gorgeous table, fabulous egg recipe! Mmmm...

    And congratulations to Diann. I hate her. No I don't. Yes, I do. No, I don't. Well, yes I do .... No, I don't. Really, I don't. Only a little. :-P


  41. Congrats to the winner. Did you ever get your jewelry?

    Love the table. You always do a great job!

  42. Congratulations!!

    CSN are really awesome! :)

    And so is your tablescape!!! Love the cocottes!!!


  43. Hi,
    Gorgeous dishes and linens. Perfect setting for what looks to be the perfect food. Just beautiful.

  44. Your table is setting is so pretty .. You always make great eye candy~!


  45. Oh, what a treat it would be to dine here for breakfast! The egg dish looks completely amazing! Your tablescape is the colorful china and those gorgeous glasses. I just love that you have "saved" the lovely table linen...soooo pretty and beautiful even with a little flaw. :-)

  46. What a lovely setting. The linens and dishes are so pretty. Thank you for the recipe..sounds yummy!
    Love this.

  47. une merveilleuse table que vous nous présentez
    j'aime beaucoup
    bonne soirée

  48. Lovely little setting for two, love the dishes!


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