All posts filed under: Breakfast and Tea Time

The Healthy Bircher-Müesli

  Last winter we spent a few days in the Austrian Alps and every morning I woke up with only one thing in mind; their delicious Bircher-Müesli. I recently realised that it is just as popular here in England as it is in Switzerland, Germany or Austria. I’ve even seen ready-to-go pots in Starbucks. A Swiss physician developed Bircher Müesli in the 1900s; he went on to recommend it to his patients as part of their treatment. The basic ingredient of this Müesli is raw oats, which are soaked overnight and mixed with shredded apple, yoghurt, honey, nuts and fruits of your choice. The result is a dense and fresh yoghurt with a high-fibre content, vitamins and proteins…there is no better way to start your day! The best thing (at least for a mum) is that adults and children love it equally so it is a healthy, quick and yummy breakfast for the whole family. Fancy a treat in the evening? Replace the big bowl of ice cream with this Müesli (add bitter chocolate chunks …

Sunday Mimosa

Springtime makes New York come alive with bright colours and people out in the parks. Hello sun! Restaurant terraces and NY classic brunches wouldn’t be complete without a delicious bubbly Mimosa. This super simple cocktail, made mostly with orange juice and chilled champagne (or another sparkling white wine), is the perfect way to begin Sunday in a party mood. Treat yourself this Easter morning with a refreshing Mimosa…cheers! Prep Time: 15 min Ingredients 75 cl Chilled Champagne or Prosecco 75 cl Fresh orange juice Slices of oranges, limes, grapefruit etc A splash of Cointreau liquor (optional) Equipment Champagne glasses Squeezer Colander Instructions Squeeze the oranges and strain 2. Cut the citrus fruits in thin slices 3. Fill half of the glass with champagne 4. Fill the other half with fresh orange juice 5. Put the fruit slices in each glass (different colours and sizes look nice) 6. Add a splash of Cointreau if it takes your fancy 7. Enjoy!

Soft-Boiled Egg and New Soldiers

This is the ideal option for an Easter brunch. Both little ones and grown ups love them! When the eggs are done properly, with a runny yolk, nothing is better than dipping your soldiers into them. In this post, you will also have some new soldiers to try… More than a recipe, this post is an invitation to remember a childhood favourite (my 5 year old can’t get enough of them!). Sometimes the simplest of recipes make us the happiest! Happy dipping! Soft-Boiled Egg Portion: 1  Prep Time: 7 minutes Ingredients 1 medium egg at room temperature salt and pepper Equipment 1 medium saucepan 1 sharp knife 1 long spoon 1 small cup Instructions 1. Fill a small saucepan with water. Put on the hob over a medium heat and bring to the boil. 2. Once the water is boiling, put the egg into the saucepan using a spoon. 3. As soon as the water comes back to the boil, set the timer for 4 minutes. This guarantees a runny yolk. 4. After 4 minutes take …

Yummy British Scones!

Scones are a quick bread, they can be savoury, sweet or plain. They are very popular in the United Kingdom, a classic treat from Devon (England) where they produce the best cream and butter of the country! For me the way to enjoy scones is to eat them hot, straight from the oven. Add regular butter and it is heaven! But the English love to have them with clotted cream (a very thick cream from Devon and Cornwall) and strawberry jam. Scones and a cup of tea are part of what is know as the Cream Tea, a kind of Afternoon Tea which is the British version of our tea time. You can enjoy your own Cream Tea wherever you are; quick and easy to prepare, this is the perfect recipe to make with the whole family. If you are making scones with kids, have all the ingredients prepared and ready to be used. Don’t worry about flour flying everywhere, just enjoy a wonderful and fun time all together! Portions 6-7 scones   Prep Time: …

Jamie Oliver And His Granola Dust

Who is Jamie? Jamie is everywhere; I am sure you have seen him on social media or tv and in magazines. For those who don’t know him I can tell you that he was the first celebrity chef I liked in the UK. His non meticulous style caught my attention. If one day you have the opportunity to watch Jamie Oliver cook you might notice that everything is everywhere: he uses his hands, almost up to the elbows…but in the end the food looks amazing. In some way I think that he teaches us real cooking, cooking that is not perfect. In my attempt to find nutritious food for my family, I tried his Granola Dust recipe which is basically a homemade granola ground into dust. The good thing is that once ready, it can be saved in a sealed jar for a quick and healthy breakfast. Oats and nuts have a bad reputation because of their high-calorie content but their positive long-term effect is undeniable. The right amount of nuts (a handful per day) …

Le Gâteau Au Yaourt!

When my eldest daughter was about one-year-old I read my first ‘mummy’ book called ‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’. An interesting read for a first time mum whose child obviously loved to throw everything from the dinner table. In all honesty I can’t remember half of the book. But I do remember that I enjoyed learning about the Parisian culture and how French parents introduce their kids to cheese, in all its forms, early. What I remember most are the food-related passages and the fact that many French parents start cooking with their kids when they are very little. In the book there is an easy yoghurt cake recipe, the first cake that French kids make. It is called ‘Le Gâteau Au Yaourt’. This ‘gâteau’ has become one of my girls’ classic recipes while waiting for daddy to come home from work on Fridays. The original French recipe doesn’t contain fruits but we have modified it by replacing some of the flour with high quality cocoa powder and berries or chocolate chips. The idea is …

The Fabulous Matcha

It has been all the rage in NY and London for a while. It is a ‘trendy’ tea because of its flavour and health benefits. It has a strong but pleasant green tea taste and its fluorescent colour is the perfect contrast for the gloomy British winter mornings! Matcha tea is the most famous tea in Japan. The tea ceremony is performed around it and one can even achieve a meditative state while preparing it. Amazing, isn’t it? With green tea you infuse the water with loose leaves, removing them before drinking. With Matcha tea you basically eat/drink the leaves because they are dried and ground into a fine powder. The one inconvenient of Matcha tea? Its price. Matcha tea comes in different grades (i.e. for sipping or for blending/cooking) and different flavours. But no matter the blend, it never loses its healthy nutrient content. It is expensive because it requires a special form of production (shade-grown). Some of Matcha’s health benefits are: High concentration of antioxidants… bye bye cancer and premature ageing Low cholesterol …