The popover is not just a vehicle for cheese, despite what I may have wanted to believe. This morning Aki insisted on making popovers, oh what a hardship for me, and furthermore she insisted they were to have no cheese. Really, no cheese I thought? I begrudgingly accepted this horrific compromise.
It is a good thing too. First of all, I saved myself from having to apologize for not believing. Secondly, a number of new ideas blossomed by following her lead. Aki's no cheese policy for the popovers left them as blank slates for sweet cream butter and Kitty's strawberry jam. My first bite of this combination had me asking why popovers have been missing from my breakfast table for my whole life. While I slathered, chewed and smiled, ideas began to blossom. The first was to dig out some creme fraiche and Steve's caviar. What a wonderful vehicle the popover would become. The next was to expand on Wylie's idea of filling gougeres with aerated scrambled eggs and make a wonderful breakfast surprise. What other goodies have we overlooked and perhaps not thought enough about?