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just breakfast

21 Nov


One of the first food blogs I followed, Simply Breakfast, was just that. Elegant and interesting breakfast for one, simply photographed. It disappeared a while ago, but some of her photos can be found here.

I love weekend breakfast, I love inviting people over for pancakes or waffles. (Or tebirkes!) I love making several pots of coffee and sitting around in pyjamas and slippers long past noon.

In the week though, I tend to oversleep and run out of the door with fruit and a yoghurt to eat standing up at work. Not so good. I need the motivation to wake up earlier and eat something heartier.


Porridge: a surfeit of regular, oat porridge got boring a while back. But Holybelly’s black rice porridge with fromage frais and berries is absolutely fantastic, ink-dark and full of flavour. I tried it at home twice, forgot about it twice, burned it twice. Working on it…

Toast: in any French household there is always a bit of baguette lying around from the night before. Our fridge is full of half-full jars too, lemon curd, fig jam, a tangerine-raspberry experiment that is a touch too stiff. Weirdly though, my sweet tooth is fading, the more I work with pastry. Who knew you could eat too many macarons?! For a savoury option, we have enormous avocados from the Indian shop across the road. They are as big as two normal ones, light and delicate. Mashed avocado, olive oil and coarse salt on toast. Perfect.

Eggs: Am too lazy to turn on the stove before work, so a stash of boiled eggs in the fridge makes things easy. This morning I had boiled eggs on buttered bread, plenty of pepper; a leftover matcha pannacotta with honey; and a pomelo. Luxury.

What are your breakfast staples? I would love some new ideas.

instant porridge, or, how to get up early in the cold, dark winter

30 Nov

instant porridge

Currently waking up at 5.30 a.m. which is painful to say the least. Obviously I never have time for breakfast before I leave the house, but am miserable without it. This is the way I stay sane and on time for work:

  1. Make sure charming flat-mate has ear-plugs so she won’t be woken by your clattering around – guilt will only make you more nauseous.
  2. Consider going to bed in tomorrow’s clothes, instead leave them in a neat pile on the floor.
  3. Have a delicious bowl of oats, coconut and cinnamon waiting in the microwave – hit start as you take a two minute shower.
  4. Add half a hastily chopped banana and spoon into a jamjar.
  5. Use jar as a hand-warmer unti you can stomach the idea of breakfast – whether at bus-stop. on the underground or at your desk.

There you have it – get out the door in nine minutes flat, and feel warm, well-fed and a liitle bit smug, at least until morning tea.


Instant porridge

serves one tired girl for about two weeks

1 kg rolled oats

100g dessicated coconut

100g sultanas

2 tbs cinnamon

2 big pinches salt

optional: lots of bananas

maple syrup, almond butter, cream…

Stir all dry ingredients together. Add extra dried fruits, nuts, whatever takes your fancy. In the evening, tip 1/2 cup oat mix and 1 cup water into a large breakfast bowl and leave in the microwave. (It does taste better with milk but it tends to boil over while you are in the shower. Bonus: soaking oats overnight is good for digestion.)

In the morning, hit 2 minutes medium-high on the microwave and get dressed. Then hurriedly chop half a banana and stir into porridge with optional extras. Tip into jam-jar, leave house. Do not forget keys, wallet or spoon!

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