HAPPY NEW YEAR! How was it for you? Are you glad to see the back of the Christmas tree? I know I am – and I love Christmas!
The festive excess has also made me feel totally lazy, so we’re quitting the booze for January and on a healthy eating mission.
Getting breakfast right is so important, so here are two of my absolute favourite recipes – both quick, yummy and great for you.
AVOCADO ON TOAST WITH POACHED EGGS
The image above is one I took during a breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk in Kings Cross and I can honestly say it was the yummiest crushed avocado, tomato and chilli on toast ever.
And the one above is from the Riding House Cafe, with the addition of those all important poached eggs.
To make it yourself, scoop out the inside of one avocado into a mixing bowl. Add black pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh, chopped chillies or sprinkle a few chilli flakes in and smoosh together with a fork until it’s the consistency of chunky mash.
Poach two eggs in a small amount of water in your pan, bring to the boil and then turn the water off. Put your bread into the toaster (rye or granary bread is the best) and the eggs will be ready when that’s popped up.
Layer the avocado onto your toast (you definitely don’t need butter) and then top with the poached eggs.
Heaven on a plate – plus you’ll be full until mid-afternoon, guaranteed!
CREAMY RASPBERRY BIRCHER MUESLI
So I admit, I never really ‘got’ the Bircher Muesli thing, thinking it was one for yoga-bunnies or people living on a low-carb diet in LA.
Then I came across Fay Ripley’s recipe (both her books are must-haves in our house), tried it and loved it.
Mix 200g of rolled oats with 200ml of apple juice, 80ml of milk (I’ve used full-fat, semi-skimmed and almond and actually prefer the almond) and one grated apple.
Add in 200g of raspberry yoghurt and a punnet (around 200g) of fresh raspberries. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight.
You should have enough for around three days if four of you are eating it (although you may need to add a splash more milk).
Brilliant for you and AMAZING for the kids, plus you can experiment with other fruits – blueberries work well.
Try them and don’t forget to let me know what you think!