A Fortnight of Joy: 14 days, 14 Breakfasts!

Spiced baked eggs

I have fantisised for years about what would happen if I actually made lovely homemade breakfasts.  But I just carried on miserably munching my way through dull bowls of weetabix and porridge.  And then FINALLY, I committed.  For two weeks I would cook a different breakfast every day and just see how I got on.

To my surprise it’s been delightful, fun and rewarding. And bloody delicious! My morning tastebuds don’t know what’s hit them. And probably the funnest thing is how excited people have been on my social media channels.  It’s seems to have really struck a chord with people – some have threatened to defriend/unfollow me for making them hungry, others have sent me pictures of their breakfasts or offered me suggestions as to what to cook next.  Whenever I posted my brekkie photos on instagram in the morning I’d be excited to see the likes and comments come flooding in.

Every single breakfast has been tasty and relatively easy.  I expected at least one fail, but they’ve all been winners.  Luckily I’m a freelancer so weekday brekkies taking half an hour to prepare hasn’t been a problem – so most of these recipes you might want to save for the weekend.

Favourites

  1. Sweet potato, black bean and avocado burrito, Simply, Nigella Lawson. Our absolute favourite – bascially mexican dinner for breakfast – full of spice and flavour and kept me full for hours.
  2. Spiced baked eggs, Rachel Allen, Easy Meals.  Beautifully simple and easy – bung eggs in ramekins with spices and a blob of creme fraiche and bake for 12 minutes.  Superb.
  3. Banana pancakes and berry compote, Delicious Magazine.  Another easy one – blend batter ingredients (rolled oats, bananas, eggs) and fry your pancakes, serve with compote (heated up frozen berries). We loved this and it was so filling.
  4. Bellinis, salmon, creme fraiche and chives, Great British Dinners, James Martin. This was a light and fresh way to start a saturday.  You make bellini batter with 5 egg whites beaten to stiffness, so as you can imagine the bellinis are wonderfully airy.
  5. Rice porridge and caramalised bananas, Every Day, Bill Grainger.  This is effectively a sweet risotto – it did require 30 minutes of stirring, but it was well worth the wait, creamy and satisfying.

If you’d like to make spiced baked eggs why don’t you check out my YouTube video?

Also Very Goods

  1. Raspberry and lemon muffins, Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson. Tart, sweet and yummy.
  2. Sweet potato, chilli, cheese and seed muffins, Everyday Super Food, Jamie Oliver.  Lots of different flavours going on here and I loved how super healthy they were.
  3. Raspberry and pistachio trifle, Glorious British Grub, The Fabulous Baker Brothers.  This was a tremendous looking dish as you layer up raspberry compote, granola and greek yoghurt and top with chopped up pistachios. Gorgeous!
  4. Baked eggs in popped beans, cherry tomatoes and ricotta on toast, Everyday Super Food, Jamie Oliver.  You fry up fennel seeds and cannellini beans and chuck in cherry tomatoes macerated with basil and lemon then finally throw in an egg to bake at the end.  The lemony, basily tomatoes are sensational and the fennel seeds give it a lovely taste.
  5. Apple and cinnamon muffins, Kitchen, Nigella Lawson. Appley autumnal deliciousness.
  6. Tahini and tomato on toast, Every Day, Bill Grainger.  Very lazy and wholesome.
  7. Wholemeal and sesame scones, Rachel Allen, Easy Meals.  Really nice – there’s treacle and sesame seeds in the batter which give the scones an interesting flavour.
  8. Thin omlette rolls with cottage cheese and apple, The Green Kitchen, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.  A sweet cinnamony apple filling to the omlette wrap is an interesting concept and I liked it.
  9. Sweet potato hash, egg and pancetta, Perfect Plates, John Whaites.  A divine and decadent breakfast
    Breakfast 2
    Apple and cinnamon muffins, sweet potato, chilli, cheese and seed muffins, rice porridge and caramelised bananas, raspberry trifle
    Breakfast 3
    Baked eggs in popped beans, cherry tomatoes and ricotta on toast, banana pancakes and berry compote, raspberry and lemon muffins, spiced baked eggs
    Breakfast 4
    Wholemeal and sesame scones, sweet potato, black bean and avocado burrito, tahini and tomato on toast, bellinis, salmon, creme fraiche and chives
    Breakfast 5
    Thin omlette rolls with apple and cottage cheese
    breakfast 6
    Sweet potato hash, egg and pancetta

    The breakfast blog challenge has been a gift. Starting each day with a tasty exciting breakfast has made my mornings very colourful. I’ve adored doing it and I intend to incorporate new breakfasts into my routine far more regularly now (just not every day).  Does anyone out there fancy setting themselves a breakfast challenge?  How about a Saturday and Sunday breakfast challenge? Send me the pictures if you do.

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