Better Breakfasts

Book yourself a Zesty Weekend in the Lake District.

Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival

The World’s original Marmalade Awards

March 17 & 18th 2018

In 2005, Jane Hasell-McCosh set up the worlds original  Marmalade Festival and Awards. Held annually near Penrith in the Lake District the event draws crowds well before the usual holiday season.  This March Jane has kindly offered me three demonstration sessions where I will be cooking recipes from  At Home in Cumbria.  Do come and join the fun.  Continue reading

Cake for Breakfast: Clementine Breakfast loaf


Clementine’s – the smallest of the tangerine family. tender, juicy and seedless.

Eating cake for breakfast may seem like a wicked indulgence but just stop and think about it before you reach for packet cereals.  Fresh fruit cakes are often lower in sugar, they use real fats like butter of olive oil, eggs for protein and you can pack them full vitamins with fruits or pureed vegetables like carrot or beetroot.  Last year food trend spotters thought that cake for breakfast would be the ‘in thing’ by 2017. A number of studies  also suggested that so long as you don’t indulge in rich gateaux that breakfast cakes are better for you and set you up for the day ahead better than propriety cereals.  After all the Spanish have been doing it for generations  – think Magdalenas and Spanish coffee cake.

This clementine cake ticks all of the boxes;  it easy to make, it stores and freezes well and its delicious and refreshing. Clementine’s  are at their best for one more month until the end of February. Continue reading

Chilli Avocado and Blood Orange Bruschetta


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Chilli avocado and blood orange bruschetta with lemon thyme and toasted cumin seeds on sourdough


This pretty, light and tasty recipe was inspired by the healthy avocado breakfast that we ate at Le Pain Quotidien  at St Pancras Station before boarding our train for Brussels over the Easter Weekend. It was delicious and perfectly hit the spot, inspiring my thoughts to healthy options for Spring Eating. The blood oranges and lemon thyme lighten the richness of the avocado adding flavours that I associate with sunshine and energy.

Enjoy! Continue reading