Breakfast is probably my favourite meal. I’m one of those annoying people that tells you off for not eating breakfast because ‘it’s the most important meal of the day’. I have many favourite breakfast dishes, if it’s the weekend then it’s pancakes, if I’m on holiday in the US it’s french toast, if I’m on holiday in the UK it’s a full english, or if it’s a normal work day it’s porridge.
Rain or shine, chilly or toasty (although lets face it, the weather here is never ‘toasty’ especially in the mornings) I am happy to eat porridge for breakfast. Always cooked on the hob, never in the microwave, with banana, maple syrup and berries. Hearty, healthy and delicious!
It doesn’t always seem appropriate to eat porridge in the summer, even though I always do, but the flavours in this baked oatmeal are summery enough to make it seem ok. This baked oatmeal recipe is perfect if you want a weekend change from porridge. It’s really simple and because it takes about 40 mins to bake, you can assemble it, pop it in the oven and it will be ready to eat when you’re showered and changed – perfect!
This coming week is going to be filled with lots of strawberry recipes to mark the start of the British strawberry season. I’m not a gardening expert but I know about weather and it has been fairly cold and wet here this year, slowing down the growth of fruit, veg and flowers. This weekend was gorgeous though, perfect for strawberry picking!
On Saturday I visited Cainie Fruit Farm a brilliant place with a farm shop, cafe and a huge outdoor childrens area between Newburgh and Cupar in Fife. Of course, we visited the cafe first which is filled with all sorts of homemade strawberry cakes and desserts. I had a super scrumptious strawberry tart – one of my favourite strawberry treats – which I will be making this week, along with…
Strawberry & Apricot Baked Oatmeal
Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt (which is healthy, to balance out what’s to come)
Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes
And finally the Strawberry Tarts (getting around to making the trip-to-Paris inspired Julia Child recipe)
I think it’s time for me to start baking some classics. Every baker should have a handful of go-to recipes in their repertoire to pull out of the bag when required. I’m talking vanilla sponge, chocolate chip cookies, banana loaf, pancakes (I know, not really baking) and….scones!
Well, that was my intention. I ended up adding orange zest and dark chocolate chips to these scones. They taste really good, so I don’t actually feel too bad about it. All the properties you want in a classic scone are still here, slightly crispy golden tops that are fluffy and moist inside, with the added bonus of chocolate!
I am no scone expert but I’m getting there and these were a definite success. So good that the cat I was looking after stole one from under a tea towel in my kitchen and carried a whole scone through to the living room!
Wise words from one of your favourite singers is good for the brain – ‘…if you believe in something, do it and don’t worry about what other people think…’ [I might be paraphrasing slightly (due to my terrible memory) but the above was the general message. It’s cheesy message and has been said a million times before but sometimes you really need to hear it again from someone who means something to you.]
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are always the answer.
As I was busying driving to Leeds and back this weekend I didn’t have a lot of time for baking. I did manage to make these cornbread muffins with some left over cornmeal/polenta on Thursday. I’ve never cooked with cornmeal before, as it’s not the easiest to track down here, but if you happen to live in a town with a Wholefoods you can get it very cheaply or you can find it in giant bags in big Tescos. I spent 30p and had enough for muffins and a pie!
It’s a new week and as all new weeks come with good intentions, I bring you a smoothie. An extremely green smoothie at that. Don’t be put off though, it tastes delicious, and the (not so) hidden spinach in there will do your body good without you even noticing you’re drinking a vegetable!
My weekend was a much needed recharge, after a rather stressful week, and was filled with lots of food (always), long walks (which resulted in my being slightly afraid for my life), shopping (pay day weekend) and a nostalgic concert (McFly!).