My move to Melbourne has not helped my sometimes frivolous fixation with bread. Well okay, my blog is an obvious testament as to how much passion I have for food but mmm bread, I just go crazy for bread. I could be heading to one of my dream locations in the world: the Louvre or the Blue Mosque in Turkey, but if by some half-baked chance (baha a pun!), I see a bakery just short of entering the Louvre – sorry Titian, Caravaggio and Da Vinci, you guys gotta wait 15 more minutes before I get my art appreciation skillz on.
It gives me the kicks to pick a loaf of bread from the local bakery I’ve never tried before. I guess I’m still not used to the exceptional range of breads we get here. It’s a nice change from the mass manufactured sliced white bread I get back home. Singapore definitely needs more artisan bakeries that don’t extort money for a simple loaf of rustic sourdough. It’s just one of life’s essentials, you know? Pick a beautiful loaf of bread and already, the thought of waking up early for breakfast becomes quite appealing.
Cut two slices off your pane di casa, melt some tasty cheese sprinkled with italian herbs (cheap and quickest way to making your own herbed cheese!), bulk it up with some baby spinach + rocket leaves and top it off with slices of smoked salmon. I was introduced to sliced beetroot here and while I would normally shirk at the idea of stuffing a vegetable I’m unfamiliar with in a sandwich, dayumm it tastes fine. My Singaporean readers, you should try it some time ;p I always find it hard to limit myself to one slice of smoked salmon per sandwich but when money is tight, you gotta do what you gotta do girl.
Still, I must confess: even when I’m down to my last few dollars, I will fork out everything I’ve got for a small bottle of Japanese matcha powder. Once you’ve figured out the right ratio of matcha, sugar and milk – you can say goodbye to Starbucks forever. A cup of warm green tea latte and a sandwich made with my bread du jour. This is my ideal breakfast, what’s yours?