Happy Bank Holiday Monday

Hello Everyone,

It’s early in the UK this morning so I’ll wish you all a wonderful day!

I’ve been off WordPress for the last week, for no particular reason but as I’ve not long finished my breakfast I thought I’d write a quick post. Firstly, it’s a Bank Holiday so I have the day off work and I’m so grateful. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning at a slow pace and really be present and enjoy the moments rather than rushing to leave out on time. This morning, the weather is already bright and we have nice, sunny warm weather for a change, it’s supposed to reach 23 degree’s today which is good for this time of the year.

So far I’ve done my usual morning routine and I just need to make time to read my current book. Yesterday, I went for a light jog in the morning and it was so lovely. I don’t always make time to do fitness outside of the house but afterwards I felt amazing and it’s always good to spend time in nature and see the ducks in the water. Today I did Pilates, which is always very challenging but I love pushing myself and trying new things, also I always feel really strong the next day even with achy muscles. I might bake some peanut butter flapjacks but apart from that I’m going to be chilling and maybe a little online shopping if there’s any good offers.

Anyway, as it’s the first day of the week, it’s a great day to set the tone for the rest of the week. Any goals you would like to achieve or things you wish to work on? Start today and hopefully you’ll follow it through.

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Tiger Bloomer French Toast

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog.

Today’s post is all about breakfast. I’ve made French toast using the most tasty tiger bread, thickly sliced with a seasoned crunchy crust. I love eating tiger bread for the flavour and it really makes the french toast. If ever you fancy something sweet for breakfast, this French toast will certainly hit the spot. It is served with a light sprinkling of sugar and a drizzle of syrup however, fresh berries would go down just as well.

This is not the most healthiest of breakfasts, its a little indulgent for most of us because of the icing sugar and maple syrup but the hope is that the protein from the eggs will keep us fuller for longer reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks consumed before the next meal.

Recipe: French Toast (serves 1)

Ingredients

2 slices of tiger bloomer

2 eggs

2 tbsp oil for frying

Sprinkle of icing sugar

Drizzle of maple syrup

Method

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Slice the bread in half and whisk the eggs together,
  • Place a slice of bread into the whisked egg one at a time and once the oil is hot put them into the frying pan.
  • Fry on a low to medium for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
  • Place the bread on a plate, sieve over a little icing sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • Serve and eat whilst hot.

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Classic French Crêpes

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve had a great start to the week.

Today I’m posting a classic recipe usually eaten on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) worldwide. This recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t require a lot of time to make as the batter doesn’t have to be left to rest. I had 3 of these crepes when I made them because they are quite thin but it was a nice light breakfast that didn’t leave me feeling to full. Pancakes are great to make because the ingredients are usually in your kitchen cupboards or fridge and you only have to worry about the toppings. Popular sweet toppings include lemon juice and sugar, chocolate spread, jam or maple syrup.

Crêpes overall are quite plain but the toppings can make them an indulgent treat to be enjoyed every now and then. Although I’ve been making fluffy, thick pancakes a lot recently I think I’ll always prefer them thin and crispy on the edges, with a little spread of strawberry jam and a splash of lemon juice.

Recipe: Classic French Crêpes (makes 5)

Ingredients

62g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp caster sugar

1 egg

12g butter, melted (extra for frying)

125ml milk

Icing sugar, for dusting

Strawberry jam, to serve

Method

  • Put the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  • In a jug, whisk the egg, butter and milk.
  • Gently whisk the liquids into the flour mixture until it forms a runny batter similar to the consistency of single cream.
  • Heat some butter in a pan and use kitchen paper to rub it around.
  • Once hot, use a ladle to pour some of the batter into the pan and swirl it around until it is evenly coated.
  • Cook for 3 minutes on one side and turn it over once golden, cooking for a further minute.
  • Once done, remove from the pan, grease the pan with the kitchen paper and repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Keep the crepes on a plate in the oven on a low heat until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings.

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*recipe adjusted from Bonne Maman here.

Fried Plantain

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I thought today I would write a quick post about one of my favourite foods… PLANTAIN!!! It is from the fruit family and is often fried or boiled when eating, as opposed to eating it raw. I prefer when plantain is slightly ripe but not too soft, see the first image below, I prefer the middle one. My favourite way to cook plantain is sliced into circles and fried. I really like it when the edges get crispy and golden. Although sweet, plantain is actually quite nutritious once cooked, containing a high value of vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre. It is great as little snack to keep you going throughout the day as well as an accompaniment with most dishes. Plantain is eaten all over the world where ever it grows from parts of Africa, to south America and many Caribbean countries. It is also widely transported around the world to countries where fried snacks are popular.

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what’s the deal with plantains
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Toast, Egg, Beans and Plantain

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I am posting one of my favourite meals for breakfast. This meal is very filling and perfect for a chilled morning when you are not in a rush because after eating you can just chill, relax and let the food settle. I often make this for myself on the weekend when I have more time in the mornings. This can be made in any order but I’ve left my method below. Also, anyone else mix their egg before frying? It’s a thing I’ve always done since I was young.

The eggs are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Wholemeal bread contains fibre and helps with digestion. Generally, baked beans tend to be quite sweet and salty but the actual bean itself is known for being a plant based source of protein. The easiest way to make this meal healthier is to use a non stick pan to avoid extra oil.

What are your favourite breakfast meals?

Recipe: Toast, egg, beans and plantain (serves 1)

Ingredients

Oil for frying

1/2 plantain

1 egg

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

2 slices of brown bread

Butter, for spreading

100g baked beans

Method

  • Heat some oil in a frying pan.
  • Then I like to peel and finely slice the plantain into circles.
  • Once the pan is hot enough start adding the plantain and cook on each side for a few minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, place onto a plate with kitchen paper to soak off the excess oil.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk gently with a fork then add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Put the bread to toast and heat the beans in a pot.
  • Fry the egg on a low heat on both sides until cooked right through.
  • Once everything is cooked, put onto your plate and enjoy!

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