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Poached Duck Eggs with Avovado and Spinach

Poached Duck Eggs with Avocado and Spinach I love poached eggs and my darling boyfriend always makes them for me as a wee treat. So until I decided to poach a duck egg, I hadn’t actually done it before. (I’ve made every other kind of eggs, I just want to say) And as expected, it was delicious, with just a little bit more flavour than a chickens egg and bigger, of course! This is a smashing dish to serve for brunch, or as a light lunch. I used my spelt bread recipe for a wholesome side kick to the tasty egg. Spelt recipe here ________________________________________________________________ Serves two people: 2 duck eggs 1 avocado, sliced a couple of slices of good bread a handful of mushrooms a handful of spinach 1 tbsp olive oil plus extra for frying salt, paprika and pepper to taste ________________________________________________________________ Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Meanwhile fry the mushrooms in olive oil. Assemble the spinach leaves, avocado and mushrooms on the bread and drizzle with the olive oil. …

Chai Cinnamon Buns

Chai Cinnamon Buns These buns are truly heavenly, especially when it is snowing outside! They are time consuming, but worth the effort on special occasions or at the weekends when you have extra time. With this recipe, I have merged two great taste experiences together, Canadian Cinnamon Buns and Indian Chai to form the perfect Chai Cinnamon Bun. After graduating from Art College, I traveled around India and Nepal with my friend Mary for 3 months. We saw wonderful things, from the snow peaked Himalaya, farmers washing their buffalo’s in the Ganges River to the glistening walls of the Taj Mahal, all along the trip drinking many cups of Chai. See more here and here Authentic Indian Chai is made using a wonderful blend of warming spices and sweet honey steeped in milk then boiled. In India it’s served in tiny cups sometimes made of clay that can be bought from street sellers for 5 rupees (penny’s!). After gulping down the tea, it’s customary to smash the little clay cups on the ground and walk on. …

American Style Blueberry Pancakes

American Style Blueberry Pancakes When my boyfriend and I took a month out of our schedule and headed to California, we ate a lot of pancakes. Not because we ordered them as such, but whenever we ordered eggs or any other breakfast dish, pancakes came on the side, whether you wanted them or not! I had so many, I haven’t made my homemade version since getting back. But the other day my lovely friend Dorte reminded me of them once more, this time with added blueberry’s. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes roughly 8 small pancakes, or 4-5 medium ones. 135 g plain flour, preferably organic 1tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp sugar 130 ml milk 1 large free-range egg 2 tbsp butter, melted 100g blueberrys extra butter for frying _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Start by melting the butter on low heat and leave to cool for 5 min. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then add the salt. Whisk the milk and eggs together and pour the mixture into the flour and stir. Then add the …

Toasted Honey and Maple Syrup Muesli with Almonds and Walnuts

Toasted Honey and Maple Syrup Muesli with Almonds and Walnuts Toasted homemade muesli is a super recipe to make on a Sunday morning, as it makes enough to last you the rest of the week. I first made my own toasted muesli a few years ago when making a lot of different dishes for a brunch one day. Its really simple to make, and tastes so good topped on yoghurt with a little fresh fruit. The beauty of this recipe is that you can substitute any of the added ingredients, such as hazelnuts instead of almonds or pumpkin seeds in place of sesame seeds. Just as long as you keep the quantities roughly the same, it will work. Have fun experimenting. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes enough for 2 peoples breakfast for a few days. 200g oats 50g chopped walnuts 50g chopped almonds 30g raisins 2 tbsp sesame seeds 1 ½ tbsp honey 3 tbsp maple syrup ____________________________________________________________________________________ On a hot dry frying pan, lightly toast the nuts for a couple of min, then add the sesame seeds …

Doce de Abóbora – Sweet Portugese Pumpkin Jam

For two years in a row now, I’ve spent time during the summer in Portugal. I love it there. Its warm and colourful and the air is fragrant and inviting with aromas of barbecued sardines and pine needles. The apartment we stay in is nestled into rough cliffs that look directly out over the Atlantic Ocean and at night I used to sit and gaze at the fishermen fishing for squid using giant floodlights whilst balancing in tiny boats. In the early morning watching the colours reappear onto the coast, we would enjoy a simple breakfast of chewy Portuguese bread and Doce de Abóbora –  Sweet Pumpkin Jam. In the UK, pumpkins aren’t widely used, so I was keen to start using this highly cultivatable fruit in the kitchen and when I returned home, I found a Pumpkin Jam recipe here http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/pumpkin-jam-recipe-7050/ on a sweet smallholder blog that is very inspiring to anyone going down the self-sufficient route. I have adapted the recipe to suite my pallet by using Cinnamon and Vanilla instead of Ginger, …

Wholemeal Waffles with Apple and Chestnut Crème

As it was the 1st day of the year today, it felt right to make breakfast a little more special than usual. I decided to, or more to the point, was requested to make a batch of waffles on my new Waffle Maker. The waffle maker was a Christmas present, and for me, the perfect gift! Included in the gift box was a small ‘how to use your new waffle maker’ pamphlet, with a few basic waffle recipes. But none came close to the waffle memory I have from a trip taken to the U.S with my dad as a 12 year old. We were staying in a lovely 3 story wooden guesthouse, and as the B&B’s only guests we were very well looked after. The husband was a photographer, and I remember him showing me his vast collection of professionally archived negatives, stored in large temperature controlled vaults. That was for a 12 year old me, who already had decided to become a photographer when grown up, a real treat and an insight into …