How to Eat Breakfast Like a Parisian


Have you ever wondered, "what is a typical breakfast in France"? Aside from a croissant or pain au chocolat, I discovered something called "oeufs mouillettes', or in English: soft boiled eggs.  The name doesn't sound as exciting in English, but I have to admit, they got me very excited.

They're served in an egg cup with little strips of toast for dipping. Delicious. The first time I had them (ever, in my whole life!) was at the coffee shop Jozi, located a stone's throw away from the Pantheon in Paris. I met up with my friend Alice that morning and ordered what looked like the hardiest meal on the menu; my french wasn't so good at the time so I had no idea what it was.  They brought it to me and I bashfully told Alice I didn't know how to eat it. She took a knife and whacked off the top for me, "Voila".

After that, I really became more obsessed with the little egg cups vs the eggs themselves.  Any time I would go to a brocante (flea market) or vide grenier (meaning "empty the attic") I would keep an eye out for egg cups.  I brought six back to the States with me and they make for a sweet little souvenir. Interested in starting your own collection? I've been searching the web and have found some that are pretty  irresistible. I'll also include a very simple recipe so you can have your own fancy French breakfast.


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Oeufs Mouillettes avec du Pain GrillĂ© 

(Soft boiled eggs with toast)

2 Eggs
1 Piece of your favorite bread

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and gently put your eggs in the water with a spoon so as to avoid cracking. Boil for exactly 6 minutes and drain in cold water to stop the cooking process. Toast your bread and cut into 4 or 5 strips. Serve the eggs in an egg cup, cut off the top with a knife, or alternatively, tap the top until it cracks and peel off. Dip your strips of toast in your egg and enjoy feeling like you're in France.









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