My 30 (or more!) days challenges

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 26

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Today I am making Russian-style oladi pancakes with crème fraîche/raspberry sauce. For the batter I use one egg, 2 tablespoons of plain drinking yogurt, 1 tablespoon sugar, half tablespoon olive oil, a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon soda bicarbonate, 3 tablespoons plain flour (or maybe a bit more, but the batter has to be quite thin), a grated apple and a teaspoon of cinnamon. I heat a frying pan with some oil and pour a tablespoonful of batter into it for each pancake, then fry the pancakes on both sides. For the topping I mix 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche with 8-10 mashed raspberries. I’m now ready to enjoy my oladi with a cup of tea with lemon!

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Breakfast – Day 13

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Today I’m making healthy coconut banana waffles. First I beat one egg, then I add a tablespoon of melted butter, a teaspoon of honey, a little vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of coconut milk blended with a banana, 1/2 cup coconut flour. The ingredients are then mixed with a hand mixer and the batter is ready!

The waffles turn out a bit ugly, but never mind, they still taste great, especially with crème fraîche and fresh berries. I also have some milk & banana blend left, which I haven’t used for the batter, and that goes in my coffee!  IMG_20150308_094134

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Breakfast – Day 6

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It’s not that I’ve never made pancakes at home – I definitely have, lots of times, and it’s not rocket science anyway. But somehow I’ve become lazy lately and prefer buying ready-made ones. Here I’ve got some buttermilk pancakes with crème fraîche, berry compote and fresh strawberries; coconut & banana smoothie and Spice Imperial tea.

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