Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Lazy weekend Rooster themed breakfast

There are so many blog parties happening this week that I just have to combine 3 in 1.

On Thursday Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch is graciously hosting Tablescape Thursday.

Follow this link to see her own stunning tablescape and the other beautiful tablescapes she always receives from all those talented ladies out in blogland.

We are going to be so busy on Friday flitting between Gollums Foodie Friday here @ Designs by Gollum

and Barb's Rooster Party here@. Bella Vista. Follow the links to join in all the fun.

At the weekends we like to linger a little longer over breakfast.

It’s never a big meal, not really a brunch.

But we do enjoy the simple luxury of fresh farm eggs collected that morning from a neighbors’ hens, lightly boiled, and soft buttery croissants, still warm from the boulangerie.

We like to gently prise them apart, they are very flaky, and smother them with either Bonne Maman blackberry or apricot confitures or homemade blackcurrant jam.

Freshly pressed coffee, hot and strong.

Now what could make things even more special?

A fresh & citrusy Mimosa Cocktail served in a Baccarat crystal wine glass peut-être?

How to make a classic Mimosa Cocktail:

This has to be the easiest cocktail to make.

Simply pop a bottle of your favourite champagne (we happen to love Pol Roger) and a carton of good orange juice (sans pulpe) into the fridge to chill overnight.
Next morning, whilst the coffee is brewing, fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and add 2 good dashes of champagne & 2 of orange juice, per person.

Give it a quick flick of the wrist, pour into champagne flutes (or Baccarat wine glasses) et voilà your perfect Mimosa is ready to enjoy.

Fabric place mats & napkins, and coffee mugs: Williams Sonoma.
Rooster table mats & matching coasters: Seagull Studios.

A modern Quimper-Blue Rooster serving dish kept the croissants warm.

Simple white tea lights were placed in matching Baccarat crystal liqueur glasses to add that certain” je ne sais quoi?”

The quirky coq napkin rings are holiday souvenirs and remind us of trip to Denia, Spain in 2007.

The large & funky ceramic hen was a gift from Marc P an antiques dealer friend, based in Brittany.
A posy of nasturtiums from the garden in a small R Lalique vase added a bright splash of colour to the table.

Bon Appétit


  1. Very charming. Love all those roosters (and Bonne Maman jams & jellies!) Linda

  2. I agree -very charming!


  3. I'll be right there! Have not seen your coffee pot before?


  4. Yes, you coffee pot is very interesting! I really like you placemats and napkins...Happy TT!

  5. Maggie, oh you are making me so hungry. You know we can't get really good croissants here. Your table is a delight! I'll have a mimosa out in your garden and then settle in at your lovely table for a hot croissant and a steaming cup of strong coffee.
    Love seeing your roosters. Everything is charming!
    Hugs ~ Sarah

  6. Maggie,

    This was a sensational 3 in 1 post!! I love all of your rooster pieces, your menu and of course, the mimosa recipe (that is acceptable for lunch, right? And how about a short nap afterward?) ;-)

    The marmalade looks delicious and I am wondering how you serve the soft boiled eggs...

    Your quimper and Lalique pieces are fabulous. What a beautiful table!!


  7. I have never seen a coffe maker like that one!! Anywho looks inviting and I like the idea of putting the jams in the chicken soup toureen or whatever it was!!

    (I posted my tablescape on my spindle cottage blog--but I do have other blogs...that blog is going to be mostly for house type pics)

  8. I love French press coffee but have not seen one like that before either.
    The googly eyes on the napkin rings are perfect. Ha.

  9. I love those rooster placemats - it's all so charming. And fresh croissants - I'm envious!


  10. The cute and fun colors of the napkin rings made me smile!

  11. Lovely rooster ( the one with the jam pots in it). I see you eat the same jam as we do, here in Belgium. Your tablesetting is lovely and your rooster collection is very nice.

  12. What a fun table! Such cute roosters!

  13. Hi Maggie!

    I enjoyed my visit here! Your placemats & napkins are adorable!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Sherry

  14. What a charming post. I loved your roosters and your coffee pot reminded me I haven't yet had my second cup. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  15. Hi Maggie, goodness, this is just tooo adorable! I love, love the rooster casserole. I'm drooling here. Just delightful!!

    Thank you for sharing and helping me to celebrate.

    Barb :-)

  16. This is great! You have a wonderful collection of roosters here!
    I really enjoyed seeing your coffee pot, and your quimper dish is so unusually beautiful!
    Great post!
    All the best,

  17. Your rooster theme is adorable. I will have to try that soon. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hi Maggie,
    Lovely post, and beautiful roosters, thank you for sharing.

  19. Cute post - those napkin rings made me laugh! What a cheerful start to a day.

  20. Thank you for coming for a visit and becoming a follower and I will do the same. I hope you come back often and leave lots of comments. I look forward to getting to know you.
    Its So Very Cheri

  21. What wonderful things you have this this tablescape. The napkin rings are adorable and your extra dish pieces are so very unique! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Very lovely. Enjoyed the Rooster Party.

    Irma :)

  23. Hi Maggie! Love ALL your roosters here today! Breakfast looks fabulous, and I'd love a nice glass of mimosa this morning! Loved your tablescape, and I certainly leave here smiling today after seeing those napkin rings of yours!! Great post! Hope you're enjoying all the rooster festivities today, and that you're having a wonderful weekend! ~tina

  24. What a beautiful table you have set. Love the place mats it looks like the roosters are appliqued to the mat. I love roosters too.
    Going back to check out more of your blog~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  25. Hi Maggie
    You have some wonderful roosters. I like the ones on the placemats and the blue ones on the mugs. The blue quimper is fabulous! I'd like to come to your home for brunch!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  26. Ahhh, I too love enjoying a leisurely breakfast on Saturday mornings and would love to sit down to the rooster themed 'scape you have created! Terrific!


  27. I love your roosters. They are so different than others. WHOA, my Favorite - Mimosas - Great way to start a day. I try to keep champagne on hand if you care to visit. Blessings, Janet

  28. What fabulous roosters you have and I LOVE your blog.

    I am going to be spending lots of time here I see.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  29. Hi Maggie,
    This was a fantastic post ... definitely deserved a place in three wonderful parties! Fresh croissants, fresh eggs, strong coffee ... champagne! What could be better???

    I read your "quel dommage" post with great interest ... and with much sympathy. These things happen ... life goes on ... but if only people would pack precious things with greater care ....

    See you soon?


  30. Well there are certainly some different roosters here ... love those whimsical serviette rings!
    Sandi - My Roosters Party On

  31. Hello Maggie,

    What a fabulous 3 in 1 post! The setting is beautiful – love it all! I especially love the quirky napkin rings!

    ~ Tracy

  32. By the way I answered all question on that post so everyone can see the answers. I actually do that most of the time unless it is a question/answer that no one else needs to see.

  33. By the way I answered all question on that post so everyone can see the answers. I actually do that most of the time unless it is a question/answer that no one else needs to see.

  34. You certainly have a happy rooster collection! Your napkins are lovely and your breakfast looks scrumptious!

  35. What cute rooster things you have. I especially love those napkin rings. Very charming indeed. I hope you are having a lovely day.

  36. Hi I love yor Roosters, Yes I am still trying to get to all the great party's.... I am having a give-a-way to celebrate my 1 month Blogoversary.... Please stop over at my place to celebrate ...

  37. The French love their roosters don't they? When we were in Provence a couple of years ago they had the most darling china hens in gift shops everywhere. I loved them.

    I just discovered your lovely blog and I adore anything French. I've never been to Normandy but plan to go on our next trip. We love Provence and, so far, haven't ventured beyond there and the Riviera. I know we're missing a lot.
    A bientot.

  38. Good Morning! Thank you for stopping by the farmhouse to see my Rooster Collection. I am still trying to get around to seeing everyones but it will be a long time for me since I have dial up internet. It is so slow!!

    I do love your roosters. The blue Quimper dish is exquisite!! And, those napkin rings are too cute!!

    I will return soon as you are the first person that has visited the farmhouse that actually LIVES IN FRANCE...I am so excited to catch up reading your blog entries.

    Thanks again!

  39. What great roosters! Love that Quimper server. laurie


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