Matinée d’Airelles

November 27, 2007 at 11:49 am | Posted in food | 7 Comments

Okay, I know I sort of implied last week that I was too cool for Thanksgiving and was giving a pass to all forms of seasonal tradition. But the truth is, I just didn’t have any holiday photos ready at the time — yes, you heard it here first: sometimes bloggers misrepresent their lives.

So what did I really do on Thanksgiving? I walked down to La Grande Epicerie and bought a €6 bag of authentic Ocean Spray cranberries.


So sue me — it turns out I am a bit of a traditionalist, after all.

Still, I didn’t really have the energy for a full Thanksgiving feast. Turkey, stuffing and pie for two people is a little ridiculous. Ultimately, though, my favorite part of any holiday isn’t the celebration itself, but the slightly dazed, groggy, and always comforting brunch the morning after. And so, Friday morning, I got up early to heat the oven and made my own little post-Thanksgiving tradition: cranberry bread pudding.

Bread Pudding

It’s like the two best aspects of Thanksgiving (stuffing and cranberry sauce) rolled into one and sweetened with sugar.  What better way to get a (slightly belated) start on the holiday season?



  1. I have to say that this looks like MY KINDA BRUNCH – totally deelish!!

  2. Wow, cranberry bread pudding sounds great!

  3. Thanks, both of you — it’s all about the tartness of the cranberries. The recipe is here, by the way.

  4. Mmmm, damn does that look good! You’re even more of a traditionalist than me, it looks like — Thanksgiving came and went this year and I unfortunately didn’t do anything special. I’m going to try to make up for it, though, by doing special for Christmas.

  5. Delicious! I must give that a shot – I adore bread puddings of any kind although with all the temptations on offer here in Paris perhaps I shouldn’t add to it with baking…


  6. Those 6 euro cranberries look a wee bit sickly in the bowl, but looks like you made a nice dish with them anyway. 🙂
    (I had the darndest time trying to convey to Frenchies what a cranberry was….do they not exist in France except for overpriced ones for the expats?)

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