Friday, August 31, 2007

Breakfast #14: Yogurt with Red Wine Poached Nectarines

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It looks like my breakfasts posts are coming one on top of the other lately. After a long, breakfast-free, interval, they seem to be back with a vengeance…reclaiming their rightful place as this blog’s namesake.

That past two breakfasts have been hearty…a fortifying rice meal, and a rich & sweet rice pudding. Although both able to give a proper amount of valor to face the trials and tribulations of gloomy work days during the rainy season, both are also liable to pile on the poundage if eaten unchecked, day after day. Here is something much lighter, but equally yummy, and as you will see, no less special.

Many people eat yogurt for breakfast…some can’t live without it; some just eat it just for the sake of promised weight loss. I am living gloriously in the former category. I love yogurt. It can put me in a good mood like nobody’s business. And since I’ve discovered a good, thick, natural yogurt sold in my grocery (read more about it here), I have been enjoying it in every way I can. Here’s one of them.

Red Wine Poached Nectarines
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip orange rind
  • 2-3 nectarine, each cut into 8 wedges

- Place wine, water, and sugar in a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Add the cinnamon stick and orange rind and let infuse for a couple of minutes.
- Add the nectarines and poach gently for 5-10 minutes, until just tender.
- Top a bowl of yogurt with some of the slices and a drizzle of the poaching liquid. Sprinkle some pistachios on top for added flavor and texture.
- Store the rest of the poached nectarines with the poaching liquid in a jar in the fridge. Use as topping for yogurt, ice cream, a filling for crepes, perhaps in a tart…lots of possibilities!

Fruit and yogurt is a common breakfast any way you paint it. But I think poaching the fruit in red wine lends it something special. Aside from an enchantingly robust flavor (punctuated quite nicely by the spiciness of the cinnamon and the citrusy note of the orange rind), it gives me a festive sense of celebration…which really, is a whole other aspect of breakfast that many forget: A celebration of a new day, with food still on our table, and energy still in our veins.

So let me toast this new day with you, and let each breakfast remind us that, wherever we are, if we are at a table eating breakfast, we still have something to celebrate. Cheers and happy weekend! :)

42 comments:

Ipshi said...

That's what i love about your writing, it's not just about the food but the complete and total enjoyment of food and life itself. That's why me and i suspect most of us keep coming back here.
The Kheer thing i was talkin about is actually pretty simple and ill mail u the recipe. Thanks for brightening up my day yet again!

Pille said...

I think it's really-really appropriate that your breakfast posts come first - think of your blog name :) This particular breakfast looks really divine, I must admit. Red wine for breakfast, eh? Px

mtan said...

This is a great post Joey, a sophisticated breakfast that is healthy and tasty and uses up any leftover red wine (from a party before perhaps).

Little Nutbrown Hare said...

I love my yogurt too and could eat for lunch and dinner if I got my way. Your breakfast looks good enough for dessert to me! I usually just eat it with homemade toasted muesli and fruits. Apparently, it's not difficult to make yogurt at home?

lobstersquad said...

I love yogurt too, but something as beautiful as this I usually make for pudding when I have guests. And then have leftovers for breakfast, of course.

kazari_lu said...

Yum!
I never think of poaching fruit for breakfast. I will now : )

thess said...

Unique breakfast I say! I love the poached nectarine with yogurt idea. =)

Deborah Dowd said...

You have a beautiful blog! I worked my way back through the last several posts and they all made me salivate! I am adding you to my blogroll, and I will be back!

maybahay said...

yogurt lovers unite! greek yogurt really is the best and i'm sure your poached fruit makes it even more special.
one thing i do when greek yogurt is not available (eg, while on holidays in a small town)- fashion a muslin cloth or tea towel into a bag, put some regular plain yogurt in it and hang to drain the water off for a few hours. results in nice thick yogurt.

ChichaJo said...

Aw! Thanks Ipshi! That really made my day :) And I'll be waiting for your email on the kheer...can't wait to see what it's like :)

Hi Pille! It does feel great to be posting about breakfasts again :) There will be other posts for sure, but nice to know I'm back in the breakfast groove! Red wine for breakfast...but of course! Along with mimosas! Heehee ;)

Hi M! Thanks :) An excellent way to use up the leftover wine from the night before...I agree :)

Hello Little Nutbrown Hare! My mom has tried making yogurt at home, but our main culture "died"...I like muesli too :)

Hi Ximena! It's great to have the poached nectarines around because then you can serve it as some sort of dessert to guests and have it for breakfast...and midnight snack! :)

Hi Kazari lu! It's an easy and delicious way with fruits...I posted a long while back about poached pears which I had with ricotta on bread...another breakfast post :)

Hi Thess! And you can vary it in lots of ways like changing the fruit and even the components of the poaching liquid :)

Hi Deborah! Thank you so much for your nice words! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit :)

Hi Maybahay! Yes! Hehe :) This yogurt isn't actually Greek, but it's pretty close in terms of consistency...I do want to try draining it once though, just to see how thick I can get it :)

veron said...

Yoghurt is a standard breakfast at home. I used to make my own but my yoghurt maker seemed to be misbehaving lately. I get some granola, some crushed flax seed and some wheat germ and then a couple of frozen blueberries and mix them up together. I have never tried them with nectarine and yours looks extremely appetizing! I better make some of these before they disappear from the shelves forever.

Belinda said...

How absolutely beautiful, Joey! Peach yoghurt is my all time favorite, and more often than not my preferred breakfast, with a little granola mixed in. But yohurt with red wine poached nectarines...talk about taking yoghurt to the next level, the ultimate level! I simply cannot wait to make your recipe. :-)

Donna A said...

Beautiful, what you said about breakfast being a celebration. When it's delicious AND healthful, makes you smile even bigger inside. I recently discovered that langka (jackfruit) blends very well with yogurt or steel-cut oats. Surprisingly, langka lends itself well to canning, so it is still firm and perfectly tasty half a world away from home.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love yogurt, too, sweetie, but have never had it in such a sophisticated way - this is luscious!

Stephen said...

Those nectarines look delicious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A healthy yet luxurious breakfast! Delicious...

Jen Tan said...

hello Joey! I love yoghurt too! I only know how to consume them by a. eating them alone b. putting them in smoothies (great with bananas!) So thanks for sharing this breakfast idea! I have yoghurt and red wine in the fridge...but I don't have nectarines!!!! Any substitute for this? I do have mangoes, oranges and apples all the time =)

katiez said...

I have fruit and yogurt almost every day - but for lunch. In summer it's with a couple of peaches or nectarines; in winter an apple with cinnamon and nutmeg...love it! Weight loss, huh...could've fooled me!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Mmm. That looks like a deliciously indulgent yet light start to the day.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, I love yogurt (especially the thick greek)!
Way to go joey - wine for breakfast! Beautiful!

Peabody said...

Yum, I a have never wine poached nectarines before...what a great idea.

Barbara said...

I love peaches poached in red wine. I shall try nectarines come summer.

Kelly-Jane said...

I like yoghurt for breakfast, and this delightful fruity one looks devine :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Veron! I wish I had a yogurt maker! My mom used to have a "mother culture" which we used for a while but the yogurt it produced was really liquid-y...and the culture eventually died. Hmmm...have a bottle of wheat germ...gotta try that :)

Hi Belinda! Thanks! :) I really like yogurt with peaches too! I had them that way when I visited Greece...the peaches I get here are nowhere near as good (we have to import them because we don't grow them here), which is actually what got me started poaching the fruits here that are imported (like peaches, plums, and nectarines)...to make them sweeter ;)

Hi Donna A! Thank you :) I am not a naturally healthful eater so I love it when something I like is actually good for me too :) I love langka!!! Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to try it with my yogurt (and with my oatmeal too) :)

Hi Patricia! It really makes you smile in the mornings :)

Hi Stephen! They were :)

Hi Rosa! Isn't that the best? When you can pull off "healthy" and "luxurious" at the same time :)

Hi Jen! Yogurt is great with lots of fruit...especially with mangoes! Another simple way I like to have it is with muscovado sugar...just sprinkle some on top of the yogurt, cover and return to the fridge for a couple of minutes. When you take it out you'll find that the sugar has magically dissolved into a fantastic syrup...try it! :)

Hi Katiez! With apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg is something I've never tried...must get to that :)

Hi Cookie Baker Lynn! It's always good to indulge yourself first thing in the morning ;) Reward yourself for getting up early :)

Thanks Tanna! You are absolutely right...Greek yogurt is the best! If we can have champagne for breakfast (like in mimosas), why not wine? :)

Hi Peabody! They turn out really well...and you can put them on anything!

Hi Barbara! Yes, peaches in wine are yummy as well...I want to try this with dessert wine next :)

Thanks Kelly-Jane! And it's so simple to make :)

Anh said...

Delicious! I really have to improve my breakfast cooking habits! :D

Jen Tan said...

What a great tip!!! I'll try that later..I have a small tub of yoghurt waiting for me at home in the fridge! Perhaps the microorganisms digest the sugar! must try, must try! =)

Thanks for the tip Joey!!!

P said...

Hi, Joey! I have only recently discovered nectarines. Prior to moving abroad, I thought nectarines were just made up by those characters on sesame street who were picking the fruit off nectarine trees. kala ko talaga, fiction, along with the rest of the sketch. Eventually I learned there WERE nectarines, for real! And I've been living on these for the past summer. They're great by themselves. Wondering where you get your supply in Manila?

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

As I've said befor Joey I'm not a big fan of breakfast but if I lived at your place I think I could probably come to love it! Red wine poached nectarines sounds delicious!

*kel said...

so simple and yet wholesome. thanks for the idea. btw i was just in barcelona over the weekend and i checked out Txacoli that you left on my blog. Cool place and great pinchos!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anh! You could make something the night before...that way you don't have to fuss too much in the morning :)

Hi Jen! You're welcome! Let me know how it goes and hope you like it :)

Hi P! They are great :) I get them at the Power Plant...there is a stall on the grocery level that sells imported fruits like nectarines, peaches, plums, cherries, etc. I'm sure they aren't as awesome as the fresh and local ones you get there, but they do their job ;) Another great way to have them is wrapped in prosciutto :)

Thanks Amanda! I fell in love with breakfast later in life so it's never too late :)

Hi *kel! So glad you enjoyed Txacolin! :) I miss Barcelona!

Maryann said...

I have been meaning to stop by and say hello and am glad I did. Your site is lovely. Wonderful recipes and gorgeous photos :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Maryann! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the nice words! :)

Jen Tan said...

Hey joey! I tried your tip...I have a post on it please check it out if you have time =)

Great tip ah...thank you...I enjoyed my yoghurt more!hahaha

Linda said...

yum. i cant get enough yoghurt and peaches/nectarines lately. guess it's the season!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jen! Glad you liked it :) I've checked it out and left a comment there too :)

Hi Linda! It is such a good combination :)

Tartelette said...

That is the kind of breakfast I love. Poached fruit, warm, on top of yogurt with a spinkle of nuts. Your recipe is simply wonderful!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Helene! :) I love this kind of breakfast too...especially now that I have found really good yogurt!

Cenk said...

Yum! I can't stop looking at your photos. I put you on my blogroll. Will definitely visit more often!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cenk! Thank you for such nice comments! :) I'll be adding you to my blogroll too :)

Rose said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rose! :)

letitia said...

was looking for a poached nectarine dish and found this....and as i had some red wine at home, decided to make it...we had it for dessert with streets blue ribbon ice cream...omg so good!!! thanks so much...so easy...so yum!