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Get ready for Breakfast!

All week it’s time to Shake Up Your Wake Up with Farmhouse Breakfast Week which is an annual celebration championing the importance of breakfast and aims to get the nation to Shake Up Their Wake Up!  47% of people regularly skip breakfast during the week so their aim is to encourage people to enjoy a healthy breakfast more regularly, think about the wonderful breakfast produce available in this country, and get out of the boring breakfast rut! For inspiration, look at www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/breakfastrecipes

I was lucky enough to be sent Denhay Farms’ Ultimate Breakfast Box to try out on the family, which included their award-winning bacon, spoiltpig sausages, Clarence Court’s Burford Brown eggs, Tracklements tomato sauce and smoked chipotle salsa. Nice.

I am a big believer in breakfast, but like most busy mums, don’t always have time during the week to make a real effort with breakfast. I usually have plain yogurt with some sort of granola (Rude Health is a favourite) and the children have cereal or porridge, fruit and sometimes bagels or rice cakes with peanut butter. However at the weekend we usually have scrambled eggs, porridge, fruit salad, American-style pancakes and sometimes a cooked breakfast, which is a real treat.

We had never tried Denhay bacon, and I have to say, it was absolutely delicious. I was very pleased to see that both it and the sausages have the Freedom Food label – something which is important to me. The sausages had a lovely flavour, and I was really quite taken with the ketchup (although, you guessed it, the kids prefer ‘the normal one’) but the eggs stole the show – I have never seen such gorgeous vibrant yolks before (if you’re into Pantones, think Spectra Yellow). Which inspired me to make scrambled eggs – one of the few dishes that really can be made one-handed – assuming you can crack an egg one-handed!

Scrambled eggs are great for older babies (make sure they are cooked through), toddlers, big kids, and even bigger kids. Eggs pack a great protein punch, plus the yolks are high in lecithin, which helps memory and concentration – so they’re an important brain food. They really are the perfect breakfast food, and what’s more, you could add some spinach for an iron kick. A great healthy start to the day for the family!

Scrambled eggs with spinach

Serves 2

Keeping the heat fairly LOW is the key to good scrambled eggs; it may take a wee bit longer, but you will be rewarded with delicious, creamy eggs that taste sooo good.

Ingredients

3 free-range eggs

Dash of full-fat milk

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Small knob of butter

Handful of washed, chopped spinach

  1. Gently beat the eggs together in a small bowl or a mug with a fork and add a dash of full-fat milk if you have some, don’t worry if you don’t. Don’t overbeat, just make sure the eggs are combined. Season lightly
  2. Melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan or frying pan, and once it’s gently bubbling, add your egg mixture, keeping the heat low
  3. Stir the eggs using a wooden spoon, or even better, a wooden fork, if you have one
  4. Once the eggs have started to scramble after a few minutes, add the chopped spinach and continue stirring for another minute
  5. Grate some nutmeg into the pan and give it a final stir
  6. Serve!

Enjoy your breakfast this week. (And why not tweet a picture, using the hashtag #breakfastwatch!)

TOHC

x

Disclaimer: I was sent the Ultimate Breakfast Box as a gift. All the views here are my own.

 

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Now the nights are drawing in, warm hearty fare is on my mind as I plan and shop for family suppers. Pasta with bolognese sauce is a firm favourite in our house, but it can be pretty time-consuming to make (and time is one thing I am always bit short of…) So, one way to speed things up is to use sausage meat for your meat sauce – you still get a really tasty savoury sauce, but it takes much less time to cook. I usually use pork sausages with some fennel in for a bit of extra flavour (and having read about ‘kind meat’ in Hattie Ellis’ brilliant book What to Eat? earlier this year, I do my best to select free-range pork sausages).

The most time-consuming bit is preparing the vegetables, but remember you can chop them in advance and simply keep them a bowl in the fridge with a bit of cling on top until you’re ready to cook later. You can do the veggies by hand, or just whizz them in the food processor or mini chopper to save time. Or even quicker, use a bag of ‘soffritto’ from Waitrose (who said you couldn’t cheat? I do!)

Note, you will need a decent sharp knife to slit the sausage skins.

Now there’s a wizard idea.

Super Sausage Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

Serves 46

Dash of olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, diced

1 stick of celery, diced

1 red pepper, diced

400g sausage meat (approx. 6 sausages)

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

A squeeze of tomato puree

1 tin chopped tomatoes (I’m a Napolina girl)

Salt & freshly ground pepper

What to do

  1. Sweat the vegetables in the olive oil over a medium heat until soft, stirring from time to time.
  2. Meanwhile, slit the sausage skins and remove the sausage meat.
  3. Add the sausage meat to the vegetables, and use your wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat in the pan, until lightly browned.
  4. Add the red wine vinegar, and reduce. Once reduced, add the tomato puree and the chopped tomatoes and cook for approx. 20 mins until the sauce is reduced, thick and tasty. Season as required.
  5. Serve with pasta – we like farfalle or twists as the children tend to struggle with spaghetti.

Buon appetito!

Liz (aka TOHC) x



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