Breakfast is the meal that the Brits really do excel at! With a rich and diverse range of delicious produce available on doorsteps throughout the British Isles, there are many benefits to starting the day with breakfast. And what better reason to try something new than Farmhouse Breakfast Week (24-30 January 2010), organised by HGCA.
Whether you opt for a full cooked breakfast of eggs, sausages and bacon, a nourishing bowl of porridge, or tea and a toasted muffin, you‘ll benefit yourself and others in lots of different ways.
A wealth of flavours
A wealth of wonderful breakfast produce can be found in Britain – there are freshly baked speciality breads, artisan sausages, hand cured bacons, farmhouse cheeses and wholegrain cereals. Why not try a sausage and caramelised onion sandwich using your favourite types of sausage and bread for a tasty morning treat.
Fast and fabulous
During a busy week, getting the family up and out with food in their tummies can be a real chore for mums. Porridge is perfect for taking the work out of breakfast – jazz it up with some tangy orange or lemon curd, or whizz up a comforting smoothie with warm porridge and berries. Something new for the kids? Then eggy bread muffins and bacon are fast and fun, and a slice of homemade banana and honey breakfast loaf will see them through until break time.
Something for the weekend
Nothing beats a lazy weekend lie-in than a delicious brunch. Poached egg and ham, draped over big, flat mushrooms, topped with grilled cheese is irresistible. Or, for a special treat, make your own toasted honey muesli and serve with fruit compote made from seasonal fruits.
Watching your weight
People who start the day with a healthy breakfast are more likely to be within their ideal weight range than people who skip breakfast . Making time for breakfast can stave off mid-morning hunger pangs as well as provide vital nutrients. For a deliciously low fat start to the day, try baked eggs in tomatoes, at only 1109 KJ/265 kcals/portion or a breakfast trifle, at only 1084 KJ/259 kcals/portion.
To celebrate the nation’s most essential meal of the day, a selection of breakfast recipes have been created for Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2010, available in a new recipe booklet and online with nutritional analysis at www.farmhousebreakfast.com.
• Eggy bread muffins with bacon – good family fun
• Warm porridge smoothie – winter warming goodness
• Sausage & caramelised onion sandwich – everyone’s favourite
• Bacon stack – weekend treat
• Mushrooms, with poached egg and ham – easy, yet impressive
• Banana & honey breakfast loaf – grab ‘n’ go anytime
• Toasted honey muesli with fruit compote – nutty goodness
• Orange curd porridge – deliciously different
• Baked eggs & tomatoes – low fat, yet filling
• Breakfast trifle – deliciously simple
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