Brunch à la Marché

Western Living - - CONTENTS - recipes by Jackie Kai El­lis // pho­to­graphs by Joann Pai

Author and Beau­coup Bak­ery founder Jackie Kai El­lis in­vites us for a mar­ket-in­spired Paris brunch.

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.

“When I bought my Paris apart­ment, it was with the in­ten­tion of only us­ing it as a pied à terre. 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.”

To Mar­ket, To Mar­ket

Jackie Kai El­lis browses the op­tions at her lit­tle lo­cal mar­ket, Marché Vil­lette. Since sell­ing the ac­claimed Beau­coup Bak­ery two 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.”

From Paris, With Love

El­lis was split­ting her time be­tween Paris and Van­cou­ver for the last five years be­fore mov­ing in more per­ma­nently and calling the 10th ar­rondisse­ment home. “I knew I had set­tled here when I bought house­plants. I used to move around so much prior, it was never an op­tion, but now I feel re­ally rooted,” she says. “Not sorry for the pun.”

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