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Breakfast with Gretchen

I’ve been having breakfast at Gretchen’s a lot this visit home, mostly because she feeds me copious amounts of good food, and she’s so smart I feel like I get smarter with every conversation I have with her.  We also share a love for Joss Whedon and his genius shows (which unfortunately get cancelled all the time), and Gretchen has been helping me mourn the loss of Dollhouse these last few days (and a couple of characters that died on Dollhouse).  Ahem.  Now that I have professed my love for Joss and his shows, I will return to food.

Another breakfast with Gretchen consisted of Spiced Moroccan Coffee and roast lamb with brown rice and green beans.  Here’s the recipe for the coffee, which is now one of my favourite things to have in the morning.

Spiced Moroccan Coffee

*from Hot Drinks by Louise Pickford

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, crumbled, or a few pieces of cinnamon bark
  • seeds from 6 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (if you don’t have fennel seeds, you can substitute with anise seeds).
  • 4 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp medium-ground coffee

Ground the spices and sesame seeds in a spice grinder until fine, and stir into your coffee grounds and use the mix to make coffee in your coffee maker.

For those of you who don’t know how to open cardamom pods, just use the flat of your knife to crush the shell (like what you do to get the skin off garlic).  You can use ground spices to make this mix, but it tastes better with fresh spices.

If you don’t have a spice grinder, you can always use a coffee grinder!

Here’s a shot of the roast lamb and green beans:

Gretchen is also a terrific writer and she revived her food blog!!! Find it here:

Happy eating and reading!