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One of my most memorable breakfasts was at a little cafe at Bronte Beach in Sydney – poached figs with spiced ricotta and raisin toast.  Everything was delicious: the food, the company, the sunshine, the view of the beach and the sea.  Happy Days.

I make this breakfast from time to time on summer days when it is warm enough to have breakfast in the garden.  So, not very often!

It was raining today but I decided I wanted to make this breakfast anyway as my brain had been nagging at me to make it.  This was probably because we had originally planned to track down a fig tree near my parents’ house but, sadly, didn’t have time.  Since our foraging trip had yielded such a bumper haul of plums it seemed a shame to buy some figs so I decided to make a similar (and rather hastily presented) breakfast with plums poached with brown sugar and a vanilla pod I found lurking at the back of my Mum’s kitchen cupboard.

I managed to fit in a bit of cooking before the dreaded toddler lurgy got to me this weekend: Roasted Garlic and Thyme Beetroot with kipper pate (thankfully one I had made a few weeks ago and put in the freezer) and Andrew Whitley’s version of Altamura semolina bread from Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own.  The beetroot could have done with a longer cooking time than the recipe suggests but I will definitely make it again as it is quick to put together, can be left unattended and tastes great.

The semolina bread is wonderfully chewy there is a raisin and fennel seed variant of this that I learned to make at Andrew Whitley’s Italian Bread course some years ago (recent one pictured above).