Category Archives: Breakfast

Spring Parfait…

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No, it’s not Spring yet, it’s actually still pretty cold and wet outside but I thought I’d change up my breakfast routine a little with a colorful Coconut-Raspberry Parfait. I love oatmeal so much that I have it almost every single morning, but thought that adding a couple of new breakfast items would make the start of my day more exciting.

As you can see the parfait is made up of three different layers:

  1. Raspberries
  2. Coconut Yoghurt
  3. Granola

In a glass or jar start layering raspberries. I mixed in a little clementine juice.

Next mix together 2-3 heaping tbsp. of desiccated coconut and about 125g of natural yoghurt. I used Greek Yoghurt which is naturally thicker so I didn’t really need that much coconut. Add a layer of the yoghurt on top of the raspberries.

Then add a layer of your favorite granola. I used my home-made chocolate-honey granola.

Continue layering until the glass is full. Decorate with fruit or nut butters (or both)….

… and enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

Oh-so-good Oatmeal

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Good morning!

I thought I’d do a quick breakfast post before I have to tend to my Christmas present wrapping duties.

I don’t seem to get sick of having oatmeal every single morning so I had another bowl of delicious, hot oats this morning, topped with coconut snowflakes, home-made granola and a kiwi! On the side I had a grapefruit a cup of strawberry tea.

Be sure to check back later for two new recipes!

Have a good day!

All about Granola

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Told you I would be back sooner than later. I woke up quite early this morning, am showered, have had breakfast and am just waiting for the rest of the gang to get moving so we can start our day of Christmas shopping. In the meantime I thought I’d share some of my favorite granola brands with you!

Granola is a hot topic in the blogosphere and in the short time that I have been involved I have fallen in love with the crunchiness and versatility of oats. Up until now my favorite granola was from Le Pain Quotidien and it was really the only time I would have granola.

However, since becoming a blogger I have started experimenting a little and created my own recipes and learned how to critically look at and taste food. One of the food products I have started to look at very critically is granola. In Austria the “granola” we have is very sugary and makes you fall into a sugar coma so it’s not really my cup of tea but ever since studying in the UK I have tried out different brands and kinds of granola and for anyone living ihere I thought I might highlight what I like about the flavors I’ve tried so far.

Biona Organic Granola

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This was the first granola I tried and personally I think this is the easiest one to find. What I really like about this granola is that it is very fruity, however it is a little bit sweeter than what I would like it to be. Biona has a variety of flavors including Honey Hazelnut and Choco Crunchy. Sweeteners used are raw cane sugar, wheat syrup and honey.

Lizi’s Granola

 

I was really excited when I found Lizi’s Granola at Wholefoods last month because I’d been reading all about her granola online. Sweetners include agave syrup and fructose. If you’re interested to learn how Lizi makes her granola, there’s a good video on her website that explains which ingredients are used and what purpose they fulfill.

Le Pain Quotidien Honey Granola

 

By now you should know that Le Pain Quotidien is my favorite bakery. I love the atmosphere in their bakeries and the quality of the food. Whenever I go to London I usually stop by LPQ once to buy some bread. Last time I went I couldn’t resist buying their Honey Granola (which I already knew I’d love because it’s what they use in their granola parfait). Honestly, I have so say that this is one of my favorites. It’s not too sweet (they use brown rice syrup) and has a hint of honey. It includes nuts and seeds and is perfectly crunchy. Don’t be fooled by the amount of coconut in the pictures above – I added a little more to the granola because it’s a key topping on all of my oatmeals!

Dorset Cereals

Yes, I am aware that technically this is not a granola, but rather a muesli but I thought I might include anyways  as I have just had it for breakfast. I’ve never actually seen dorset cereals before where I live, but then again, the store that I usually go to doesn’t have a wide variety of anything! I found this cereal in my sister’s kitchen and I thought it would be the right thing to top my yoghurt with. I really like how natural is tastes. One of the problems I have with a lot of breakfast cereals is that you can taste the hefty amount of sweeteners added so it’s good to have a cereal/ muesli that is kept at its most natural state. For sweetness, raisins and sultanas were included to the oats, nothing else! I also did a little research on their website and apparently they do have granola as well which I will have to try to find when I get back in January.

I hope you enjoyed this little review of my favorite granola and if you happen to know any other brands or recipes that I could try out, please feel free to enlighten me!

Good to the last Crumb

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I’ve been munching on my mum’s Vanilla-Almond Crescents ever since they arrived and I’m really sad to say that the box which was full not too long ago is now almost empty. All that’s left are some delicious crumbs which I am making very good use of…

Topping off my oatmeal with the cookie crumbs has several positive effects: it makes me happy that my oatmeal is even better than usual, it gets me into Christmas spirit and it makes a good start to the day. A big negative effect: it makes me want more of my mum’s cookies!!!! But I’m lucky that I get to fly home in 8 days (!!!) (can you sense my excitement?) and I can’t wait to dig into the plate of Christmas cookies waiting for me at home!

Lunch today was inspired by one of Britain’s favorite foods…chicken tikka masala, which has been called “a true British national dish“. Instead of the chicken I used prawns.

Brown basmati rice on the side. Garnished with cilantro (coriander).

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Chunky Dark Chocolate Honey Granola

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I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to create my own granola when it’s one of the easiest things to make! I bought a bag of granola at Le Pain Quotidien in October which was really good, but the bag is now empty which meant that I had to get creative and make my own granola. I threw in all the nuts and seeds I could find and as an extra touch at the end, added dark chocolate chunks…yummy!

Perfect with milk, yoghurt, on top of your oatmeal….

or simply as a snack…

Chunky Dark Chocolate Honey Granola

makes a lot!

You will need:

  • 300g oats
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 flax seeds
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts)
  • 3 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a pot, heat up the water, honey, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir and wait for the sugar to fully dissolve.
  3. In the meantime mix together all of the dry ingredients (except for the chocolate, coconut flakes and flax seeds) in a large bowl.
  4. Stir the sugar-honey mixture in with the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 40-50min. Check on the granola occasionally while baking and stir to ensure even browning and crispiness.
  6. After the granola is done (or golden) let it cool completely.
  7. Transfer to an air-tight container and add in the chocolate, coconut flakes and flax seeds.

 

Happy December

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This morning getting out of bed was easy because I knew that something special was waiting to be opened:

…My advent calendar my mum sent me! I know I’m almost 22 but I think I’ll never be too old to have an advent calendar. Even my sister, who by the way is almost 25, still asks my mum for an advent calendar every year…so this should give you an idea of how much we love our Christmas traditions in our family.

In honor of the beginning of my favorite month, I decided to whip up a special breakfast, nothing too fancy but still very good: I made Piña Colada Oatmeal (non-alcoholic, of course!).

Piña Colada Oatmeal

For 1 serving you will need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 banana (optional), sliced
  • 2 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • dried pineapple, mango and coconut flakes
  1. In a pot on medium heat, add the water, milk, oats, vanilla extract, sugar and stir well.
  2. After 2-3 minutes add the cinnamon. Stir.
  3. Once the oatmeal begins to thicken add 1 tbsp. of shredded coconut. Sit again.
  4. Once the oatmeal has the right consistency pour it into a bowl and add another tbsp. of shredded coconut.
  5. Top the oatmeal off with dried pineapple, mango and coconut flakes.

If you really feel the need to spike up your oatmeal and start your day off with 1/2 a shot of rum, I’d add it somewhere between step 3 and 4 before the consistency gets too thick, however I cannot guarantee how good it will taste.

 

Can’t wait to have this fella for dessert later!

Hope you all enjoy your first December day!

From Blue to Dark

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What you’ve got to love about the month of November is the fact that you’re suddenly appreciative of every hour of sunshine you get. This morning for instance when I woke up I could see the blue sky peaking through a thick layer of fog. By the time breakfast was ready however, it was dark and the fog was even heavier than before….but at least it was sunny yesterday, right?

A problem that comes with these dark days is that its making good food photography rather impossible. Usually when I take pictures of my food I try to do so while the sun is still out and take advantage of the natural light. The good thing: now I can take pictures every hour of the day because daylight seems to be a rare luxury these day.

The morning started off with a bowl of my superfood oatmeal which I topped off with some blueberries and blackberries that I had leftover from yesterdays breakfast. Other toppings included coconut flakes, granola and walnuts and almond flakes.

 

The real star of the day however was the Stir-Fry I had as a late lunch. Stir-Fries are one of the easiest things to whip up and there is an endless amount of ingredients you can add to it.

I added almost everything I could find in my fridge. Broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, cabbage, soba noodles, tofu and…prawns! YUMMY! Topped it off with some cashew nuts and a little bit of nut butter (the toppings are optional but believe me, nut butter makes everything better!)

 

To add some flavor to the prawns I marinaded them in some garlic-salt water. All you need to do is put the prawns into a bowl, add water (just enough to cover the prawns), add salt and crush in a couple of garlic cloves. Let it sit for a couple of hours and fry them just before serving.

Gotta go. This bowl of Greek Yoghurt is calling my name!