Breakfast Essentials

The Cap Ferret is a little arm of sand of the Coast of Bordeaux and by the Bay of Arcachon. It’s the most fantastic place where lazy Sundays are an everyday thing. You have these immense areas of forest, sand and sea that are completely deserted that literally become your own little playground: rent a bike and go through hundreds of trails, go naked and show off your manhood to the Atlantic ocean, visit oyster fisherman and sample their best straight from their cultivating zone with a spurt of lemon and a glass of pale rosé, of course.

What I enjoy the most of this type of atmosphere is that all activities must be completed within the day, because come night time the island basically shuts down; in any case there are no lights on the streets, so good luck biking home. We have all evolved into an owl patterned population: with the advent of the internet, call centers, streaming movies, torrentz, ipads, etc. , we go to bed much later than we used to. I look at my own sleeping patterns and its incredible how much they’ve changed.

  • Ages 0 – 5: Absolutely no clue
  • Ages 6-12: Bed by 10pm, Up by 7am
  • Ages 13-15: My first Playstation, Bed by 1am, Up by 6.30am
  • Ages 16-17: Girls and sneaking out, Bed by 3am, Up by 6.30am.
  • Ages 17-21: College, cram sessions, work experience…Bed by 3am, Up by 8am.
  • Ages 21-23: Working in Russia. Bed by 2am, Up by 5.30am.
  • Ages 23-24: Back in the Philippines, trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Bed by midnight, up by 7.30am.

I’m pretty sure that everyone can pretty much relate to the above sleeping patterns. At this stage in my life, especially when I make sure to work out every day, I find myself wanting to fall asleep as early as possible. If you think you can function with 4 hours of sleep under your belt, that’s great for you, I want at least 8am, I’ll ended up looking and feeling better than you. Remember, your body needs those 8 hours to recover, build muscle and more importantly relax your mind; and let’s not forget the most exciting part about sleeping. It’s probably the longest amount of time you will go without eating, therefore you wake up absolutely famished!  In comes Breakfast.

Breakfast is a religion, it’s a God, a mantra, a way of life, simply put, breakfast is love.

When I was on the heavier side I never used to eat brekkie and would then proceed to eat ludicrous amounts for lunch and dinner. This meal is definitely the most important of the day, not only does it jump start your system, it wakes you up, but it also makes you happy. Who doesn’t want to start the day happy? (Peanut butter with bananas and nutella? Go for it!!)  I will seriously dedicate a whole post about breakfast one of these days but for now, all I want to say is when I was in the Cap Ferret, I realised that the French know how to do breakfast right. Its fresh, made from scratch, its varied, balanced, available and atypical.

Every meal should be like that, and here is my version of a well loved family breakfast, a dish that is cooked everywhere but seldom done 100% homemade: Pancakes (use your imagination and put your own twist on it)

Erwan’s 4-1s pancakes with cane sugar coconut caramel, fresh mangoes and lychee cream.

Makes 3-4 pancakes


–          1 cup of milk

–          1 cup of self raising flour (highly recommended for fluffyiness)

–          1 egg

–          1 heaped tsp of baking powder + 1/2 tsp of salt (only if flour is not self raising)

–          Butter

Cane sugar coconut caramel

–          60 grams of pure cane sugar

–          50ml of water

–          10 teaspoons of coconut milk

Lychee Cream and Mango side

–          Plain greek yoghurt unsweetened.

–          Fresh lychees

–          1 Mango

  1. Beat pancake mix until smooth, set aside.
  2. Boil sugar and water together, reduce to simmer, thicken up until thick, add coconut milk. 2 teaspoons of coco milk can be reserved for the end to loosen up the sauce. It has to be like molasses or maple syrup. Taste once cooled.
  3. Take 2 tbsp of greek yoghurt and mix in with about 8 peeled, pitted, chopped sweet lychees.
  4. Cook pancakes (keep an eye on them to make sure they get fluffy), for thicker nicer pancakes, make sure the size of the pan is the size of the pancake you want, and fill up with a ladle and some melted butter.
  5. Once cooked, stack and spread a little butter on top, put the lychee cream, sliced mango, and drench with the sauce.

Make it your own: when you first put the batter in the pan and the pancake starts cooking, this is the point where you can get really creative. That white underbelly of the pancake is where you can add different ingredients: fried bacon bits, lemon or lime zest, orange zest, grated fruit, chocolate chips, a nutella center, jam, blueberries, dulce de leche…. add anything and cover with a little more of the batter (a really tad bit) and you’re set to flip it.


    1. Mila October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Wow yummy pancakes!

    1. Leslie October 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      So nice to hear about your vacay! Please also post your photos!

    1. Leslie October 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Agree breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Nice pancakes.

    1. chloe October 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      hi is pure cane sugar really essential for this? can i use refined sugar instead? tnx! :) cant wait to try this tomorrow… :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 12:11 am

        it is, because thats what gives it a particular flavour (like the dipping sauce we use for suman), It’ll work of course, but it’ll be different. Sugar cane sugar is very very very easy to find!! everywhere!

    1. Leslie October 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Need to sleep more..with our hectic scheds, it’s easy to fall in the trap of sacrificing sleep.. Love the no idea on your sleeping pattern below 5 yrs old…

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 12:10 am

        i know, sports and sleep, two things we need to make more time for.

    1. Mie October 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Post more photos.. Yummy recipes…will try this soon.

    1. Chona Valles October 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you for this. My grandkids love pancakes & this is something we can prepare together when they come visit! Mercy beaucoup!

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 12:08 am

        thats great to hear! yes its something kids would enjoy!

    1. therese October 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      yumm! thanks so much for sharing… also nice to hear about your travels… this one especially seems like a place i would really like to go to…. so laid back, leisurely and relaxing!

      i have to catch up on your other posts… i enjoy reading them! thank you for sharing!

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

        thanks for reading! yes its a great place. one of those quiet havens that are so hard to find nowadays.

    1. klum October 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

      im soo gonna try this on weekend..
      by the way what is self raising flour?

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

        its flour with some raising agents inside to help make bread, cakes, pastries rise faster. The rule to make some if you cant buy it, is a cup of flour with 1/2 tsp salt and a heaped tsp (1 1/2) of baking powder.

    1. toni October 13, 2011 at 4:38 am

      sarap :)

    1. Katherine Jane Unay™ (@katjaneunay) October 13, 2011 at 5:00 am

      It’s cool that there’s a story behind every recipe you make :) I really enjoy your vacation stories! It makes me wanna go to europe :) Pancakes! <3

    1. cinzburds October 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

      Hey! The tip about the underside of the pancake being the focal point of adding yummy stuff – discovered that myself a few weeks ago! I tried putting melted dark chocolates and when i flipped it and served it hot, the pancake oozed with chocolate when sliced! Great technique I think.

      Keep writing travel + food mate! I feel like touring when reading your posts :)


      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

        there you go. its the best!! thank you cindy

    1. Adam Genato October 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

      hi erwann. i want to try this latest recipe at home. i wanna ask some things:
      1. plain greek yoghurt – can i just use nestle or magnolia yogurt creams available in local groceries? do u know where to find greek yogurt here in manila? sorry so clueless 2 ask…

      thanks erwann…

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

        ya that will be fine adam. But if you go to SnR you’ll be able to find some. or look around online, there are some local producers.

    1. Pauline October 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Where do you buy your unsweetened Greek Yoghurt? Can`t wait to try this recipe! :) Thank you!

    1. cheka October 15, 2011 at 1:54 am

      any subsitute for greek yoghurt?

    1. dove October 15, 2011 at 5:48 am

      In preparation for my upcoming obstacle course race and fitness test, i started trying some of your recipes and advise on diet and workout regimen. Not only did i start losing pounds, getting more lean, and healthier physically and financially(it’s way more cost effective to grow or purchase your ingredients and cook them than spend on multiple trips to restaurants), i also enjoyed eating these incredible fusion of flavors in mouthwatering dishes! <3

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

        hey dove, makes me so happy to hear that! keep on.

    1. lala October 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

      Nice! Post more!:D

    1. JMD October 15, 2011 at 7:25 am

      I love to cook! I get inspired with your posts.. Continue to post interesting recipes… pancakes is really part of every family’s breakfast…

    1. EM October 15, 2011 at 7:31 am

      I’m a plain housewife here in the US, I really love all your posts…continue to have nice recipes… thank you for inspiring me to be a better cook…

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

        hey Em, thank you so much! there’s no such thing as a plain housewife, my mom is one and its the toughest job out there!

    1. Nats October 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Wow pancakes! My favorite brekky! Thanks for the recipes..

    1. Bobby October 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

      Thanks! will try this for my gf..:D

    1. rhejsays October 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      You’re really adorable! Though you sleep a little, you still have the pleasant time to make breakfast.. Lesson learned for me: Do not skip breakfast.!

    1. Renzio October 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Quick Question: Where do you get those greek yoghurt? The only yoghurt I can find is the nestle one.

    1. pilar zavenar October 16, 2011 at 2:46 am

      simple quick and easy!!! will cook this up for the husband. thank you for this!!!

    1. Grace October 18, 2011 at 7:05 am

      Yummy.. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I love to cook but i guess cooking doesn’t love me. But every time i read and watch your blog i get inspired. I gonna try this one. :)

    1. Eich October 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      Why do I ALWAYS get my pancakes wrong?

    1. mcervania October 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Simple and looks delicious! Just got some soft persimmons at the farmer’s market, and may replace the lychee with that for a more autumn feel. Also want to thank you for the sourcing recommendations; will be using them while in the PI in about a couple of weeks.

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

        yup! i love persimmons, very lucky for getting that produce!

    1. trisha robielos October 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

      wow! this is sobrang cool taray! i like your blog. haay. im just a freshmen college student so no budget:p pero i enjoy viewing your blog. hopefully when i have my own kitchen (in my own house in the future) i would like to cook everything you posted:p

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

        these arent expensive to make. its basically flour and liquids!

    1. Jayrin October 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      ~The most important meal of the day, servin it up Gary’s way~

      You’re so right about breakfast being the most important meal of the day! I try to be in bed before 12 but the internet is just so distracting!! How do you deal with that?

      I can only dream of Paree (Paris)… sigh.

    1. novicetired October 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

      as always, a great post. this may be off the topic, can you give a list of sites you get inspiration from about food and drinks. im not actually so good at hunting good websites.thanks.

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

        i actually dont read many blogs! i get inspiration from what i actually eat, drink or see in magazines/tv/ etc…

    1. Karen October 29, 2011 at 1:55 am

      uhm it looks yummeh! we should have a free taste from you! :) you’re one great cool inspiring chef! thanks for sharing!

    1. Erine October 29, 2011 at 2:30 am

      Yummy,, Just a question,, can I use flavored pancake mix for this? (something like those that has chocochips or choco flavored perhaps??)

    1. hyesha October 29, 2011 at 3:10 am

      Pancakes can never be this good. Very nice! :)

    1. Mikey Dionora October 29, 2011 at 4:27 am

      I’m just curious Erwan.. who’s your cameraman? :)

    1. jessaint (@purpleflydyosa) October 29, 2011 at 5:22 am

      hi erwan,

      can u give me a specific brand of milk and a cake flour for the pancake, i really love to do one :)
      hope u will reply :)


    1. Joy Morelos ✔ (@joy_0827) November 7, 2011 at 4:39 am

      Why so gorgeous anne?. :)

    1. Pen November 15, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Im a fan of anne’s and it’s so nice to see this blog. and you actually take time to respond to comments. i love food blogs sooo much and reading them has been my addiction lately (done with twilight, hp, cityville, and sims :-))

      hope you could also review different buffets coz i love looking at the pictures and reading while i save up to try em.

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        i’ll only do reviews when I’m really in awe of restaurant!

    1. Pen November 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

      P.S. Where can i buy greek yoghurt?

    1. Patty November 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Me and my friends tried this 2 weeks ago and we failed at the coconut caramel syrup. :(
      10 minutes (more or less) after cooking the syrup, it turned into a thick sugar. Hahaha! What have we done wrong?

    1. Joy Morelos ✔ (@joy_0827) November 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Kuya Erwan, can I have a fan sign of yours and Anne?. Please! :)

    1. jake November 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

      where do you go grocery shopping for food?

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

        a little everywhere, from wet markets to super markets, i make the effort to go out and look for my food, i dont like just going to one place

    1. bhingvillamor November 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      yummy pancakes… i hope i can make pancakes like this…:) grazie per l’informazione :)

    1. Daniella December 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      now im hungry….i cant find that baking powder here in Italy…dang!!! u cool erwan!

      1. Erwan Heussaff December 8, 2011 at 2:11 am

        Haha that’s impossible. Of course they have baking powder there, its called lievito in polvere or lievito per dolls

      1. Erwan Heussaff December 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        just ask around. Of course they have some! they make some of the best pastries, baking powder is essential

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    1. Manny Chico February 4, 2012 at 12:59 am

      I just discovered your blog a few days ago and became an instant fan! You write very well and absolutely engaging!!You should have your own slot at The Food and Travel Network! Keep up the great work !!!

      1. Erwan February 5, 2012 at 2:55 am

        thank you much appreciated

    1. ivyjay February 18, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Good Morning Erwan,

      I have just tried your pancake recipe with the exact ingredients since I am in the place where almost all ingredients are available. I’m in Singapore right now and I love your recipe. I like the texture of the pancakes and the consistency of the syrup is just nice! Looking forward for more recipes from you!
      God Bless you!

      Ivyjay :D

      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

        thank you! go eat some chilli crab for me!

    1. Bogs Hernandez February 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Erwan,

      You’re not just a pretty face!!! Damn, you’re a good cook and I can surely say that they are all authentic. They are your own recipes. I’ll try this pancake, my daughter will love this. Btw, looking forward for a veggie salad recipe.
      Oh I’ve seen your interview on ASAP, you’re really gwapo!!! but looks like you’re really mahiyain. I hope you can have your own cooking show.

      Hope to get more updates and a response too despite your busy schedule.

    1. Lillian January 30, 2013 at 5:09 am

      hi erwan,

      i watch most of your videos and damn it amazed me! :) anyway i will try this one, but i hope it will taste good. Every time I try to cook your recipe it taste #@%#$@^#%!!! hahaha. looking forward for more seafood recipe.
      btw your so handsome! God bless

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I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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