My 30 (or more!) days challenges

Breakfast – Day 47

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I am continuing to exploit the endless possibilities of Nutella breakfasts and making them with my Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread instead!

Today I am making wholewheat French toast roll-ups. First I take four slices of wholewheat toast bread, cut the crusts off and flatten out the slices with a rolling pin. Then I spread some Venchi on one side of each slice, top with chopped strawberries, roll the toasts up, dip them in a beaten egg mixed with come cinnamon and finally fry them on a pan until golden brown. Et voilà, the French toasts are ready to be served with a cup of cappuccino!

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Breakfast – Day 45

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On weekends I often try to make fancy (more or less!) and hearty breakfasts, as opposed to the quick on-the-go ones that I opt for on weekdays.

So the first thing I do is grate some Sorrento lemon zest, mix it with fromage frais and spread the mixture onto two wholewheat toasts. Then I top the toasts with smoked salmon, 2 soft scrambled eggs (adding some fromage frais to beaten eggs before scrambling) and diced feta cheese, sprinkling everything with fines herbes. The toasts are served with fresh spinach leaves, strawberries and caffè latte.

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Breakfast – Day 44

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Today, I am having a ridiculously simple but still very nice treat for breakfast: slices of sourdough baguette with every possible nut butter and spread I have at home (namely peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter and Venchi chocolate-hazelnut spread) and a cup of cinnamon cappuccino.

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Breakfast – Day 37

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When I moved in to my current flat, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t have a balcony, but it wasn’t an issue, as, I thought, the London weather wouldn’t allow me to use the balcony too much anyway!

Today the weather is absolutely splendid, and I realised that I could actually create a mock balcony if I open my three bay windows. And I’m indulging in an unbelievably huge breakfast: croissant, pain au chocolat, muesli with blueberries, assorted fruits, hard-boiled egg, yoghurt, jam, Nutella, orange juice, coffee – I definitely feel as if I’m at a luxury resort! Life is good 🙂 IMG_8801

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Breakfast – Day 36

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Another attempt on poaching eggs – this time in a microwave! It is meant to be really easy, you just crack an egg into a bowl filled with water and microwave it for a minute or two. However, in my case the cracked eggs go straight to the bottom of the bowl, while they are supposed to float!

Anyway, at the end they turn out ok, but still far from perfection. I have them with toasted rustic roll, spread with mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese.

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Breakfast – Day 34

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Now that there are local British berries that taste so good, I try to buy them as often as possible. So my todays breakfast consists of 2 fried eggs (I finally managed to get them right, by not heating the pan too much, otherwise they were always too crispy – hard to imagine that up to now I couldn’t even properly fry an egg!), a slice of rye bread and 200g of fresh strawberries with 3 tablespoons of plain yoghurt.

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Breakfast – Day 31

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The 30 days of my breakfast challenge are already over, but I’m willing to continue, because I’ve got more ideas.

Today I am making an Azerbaijani village-style breakfast. Apparently, it’s a fascinating one, especially in the open air, with freshly baked bread and fresh home made dairy products. Not being a massive dairy fan, I never really appreciated it though. But now, while everyone in the world seems to be going dairy-free, I, on the other hand, am starting to reconcile with these products. That is why I’m making this today – with UK supermarket products obviously!

Pitta bread is not exactly similar to the Azeri tandir chorayi, but that’s the closest substitute I could find. Local butter, crème fraîche and honey are quite fit for the purpose, and, luckily enough, the traditional British clotted cream (also called Devon cream or Cornish cream) very closely resembles the Azeri qaymaq. Cheese-wise, I’m using Greek feta, it’s pretty ok as a substitute. And finally, there’s a glass of sweetened tea with lemon (I absolutely hate sugar in my tea, but for the sake of authenticity will have it this way!)

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Breakfast – Day 30

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I’ve had porridge for quite a few days now, and, honestly, feel a bit fed up with sweet breakfasts. They can be yummy (and sometimes healthy!) but the problem with them is that they don’t keep me full for very long – 3hrs maximum!

Today I’m really craving for something savoury, so I decide to make myself a breakfast panini. I take half loaf of ciabatta with olives and cut it in half horizontally. First I spread some mashed avocado with lemon juice on the bottom half. Then come the following ingredients in the following order: 2 slices of roast chicken breast, some wild rocket salad, 2 slices of tomato, a generous sprinkle of grated cheddar and finally the top half of the bread spread with mustard. Then I put the sandwich in the preheated panini press for a couple of minutes, until the cheese is melted, take it out and cut in half. Ready!

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Breakfast – Day 25

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It is a beautiful morning today, so I am having a breakfast out at Café Rouge at the water side. The breakfast consists of champignons truffés (which essentially are poached eggs with mushrooms and truffle oil on a toasted muffin), some orange juice and a cup of americano coffee.

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Breakfast – Day 22

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French toast for breakfast today, mesdames et messieurs! To make it I beat two eggs with some milk, a drop of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. Then I pour the mixture over two slices of wholemeal bread and leave them to soak for a few minutes. Finally I fry the slices until golden brown – et voilà! They are served with a sprinkle of icing sugar and some fresh berries.

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