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A Morning in Old Greenwich, Connecticut

In April of this year my dear was all geared up to run the Greenwich Cup Half Marathon, something he’d been dreaming about and planning for some time.  Of course I wanted to be there to support him, and we both wanted to check out Old Greenwich for the first time.
What I didn’t realize until that weekend was that it meant I’d be getting up at 4:00am on a Sunday, tying on my sneakers, and rushing out to catch the early train on Metro North that would take us there just in time to register for the 7:00am starting line.

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No problem, I said. We sped through the pitch dark morning along with other passengers on their way home from all nighters in the city, then hitching a ride at the Old Greenwich station with other runners so we wouldn’t have to walk the mile of road in the cold weather.  It was April in New York, and at 5 degrees below zero – a particularly cold weekend.  I had my feather down coat on but was freezing my toes in sneakers, wishing I had worn boots.  I wasn’t the one, of course, dressed in long tights and a long-sleeved jacket warming up to run 13.1 miles.  That was my honey.

So we stood at the beach at 1  Tod’s Driftway waiting for the race to begin.  And then they were off!


I waited patiently, enjoying the ocean view, and thinking about my dear happily sweating, running and toiling through the track.  They could have had some nice little coffee shop nearby, that would have been nice.  Old Greenwich appears to be largely residential, and while this stretch of beach is beautiful, it was not very “built up” which is its appeal to the wealthy who live here in peace and serenity, I have the feeling.


I got my cafe fix however, don’t you worry.  First my guy came busting through the finish line, got his medal, and we both devoured free bagels and orange wedges.  Then after a leisurely stroll down Shore Road and Sound Beach Avenue back in the direction of the train station we were led to this wonderful little bakery called “Sweet Peas’s Baking Company”.

We had a great brunch there, including a veggie omelette and smoked salmon toast with capers.  The best part was the take-away:  carrot cake muffins brimming with chopped nuts, bakery fresh donuts, and crisp baguettes to go.

Click here for my review of Sweet Pea’s Baking Company on Yelp.

We made Ham and Pepper Frittata sandwiches the next day with the baguettes, which were still crisp and fragrant the next day.

Click Ham and Pepper Frittata Baguette for my recipe.

A lovely morning in Old Greenwich, and I would come back to Sweet Pea’s Baking Company just for the donuts!

Ham and Pepper Frittata Baguette

One morning in April I got up at 4am to start a day trip to Old Greenwich, Connecticut.  The excuse was to cheer on my boyfriend at a race, but the excitement was also about checking this area out.  It was a great morning, but by 11:00am it already felt like we’d had a full day.  Gratefully we stumbled into The Sweet Peas Bakery, where we had a wonderful brunch, coffee and tea.  I munched on toasts spread with cream cheese and topped with smoked salmon and capers.  

Just as enjoyable was stopping by the counter to load up on goodies before we left:  scrumptious carrot cake muffins, the best fresh doughnuts I’d ever eaten, and of course we had to grab their baguettes!  They had a heavenly crispy exterior and that tender and fluffy interior that you look for in a great baguette.  We saved one for the next morning for brunch and weren’t dissapointed – even the next day it made a great brunch sandwich, filled with a frittata made with what I had around that day, ham and green and red bell peppers.  Delish!  


Ham and Pepper Frittata Baguette

Serves 2

French baguette

1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 a red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 a cup chopped baked honey ham

4 eggs

2 Tbsp milk

1 Tbsp each olive oil and butter, plus more for the bread

Salt and black pepper to taste

2-3 Tbsp grated Parmean cheese

Note:  you can make the frittata in one big skillet and then cut it in half to make two portions, or divide the ingredients in half and make two single servings in a small skillet, as I did here.

Directions

1.  Cut baguette into two pieces and then split lenghtwise.  Toast lightly and spread with olive oil or butter; set aside.


2.  In a non-stick skillet that can go in the oven, heat olive oil and add chopped ham, green and red bell peppers. 


3.  Sauté over medium-low heat until the ham has crisped up and the bell peppers have softened.


4.  Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a bowl with the milk and season with a little salt and black pepper. 

5.  Add butter to the skillet, and when it has melted pour in the eggs.  Cook until the eggs are just beginning to set around the edges.  Top with grated Parmesan cheese.


6.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place frittata in the oven.  Bake until it is cooked through and slightly puffed and golden brown on top, about 10 minutes.

7.  Let rest for a minute then flip out onto a plate, fold in half with a spatula and fill the toasted baguette with the frittata.


That’s all there is to it!  A great baguette makes the sandwich.