Photos by Joann Pai.
If there’s anything better than Paris in the spring, it’s Paris in the fall, when the markets are overflowing with fresh produce—and inspiration. Author and Beaucoup Bakery founder Jackie Kai Ellis recently uprooted from Vancouver to make beloved Paris her home base, and has embraced Parisian life like a pro, spending lazy Sundays whipping up butter-laden breakfasts and afternoons wandering from patisserie to patisserie. We asked Ellis to share her secrets for a market-inspired brunch to bring a little taste of Paris home, and she delivered: think savoury gougères and decadant roasted pears... best paired with a mimosa, of course. Vive la France.
THE PARIS MARKET BRUNCH MENU
Ellis browses the options at her little local market, Marché Villette. Since selling the acclaimed Beaucoup Bakery three years ago, she’s written a memoir (The Measure of My Powers) and recently launched an online platform, APT La Fayette, to share, she explains, “inspiration and tools for creating meaningful beauty every day.”
“When I bought my Paris apartment, it was with the intention of only using it as a pied à terre," says Ellis. "But as I continued to design the space, the more I felt connected to making it special, like a nest... I think my intuition knew I needed a place to rest before my mind knew.”
*Originally published in the September 2019 issue of Western Living.