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

Beat the Blues, Make Marmalade

seville orange marmalade, oxford marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalade

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred orange and scrub the floor.”
Author: D.H. Lawrence

The  marmalade that I set out for breakfast for house guests this  morning  had them in raptures and  was voted the best they had ever eaten!      In my household we like a gutsy, full flavoured marmalade with proper chunks. Its not a marmalade for the faint hearted … indeed, guests caught  picking out the  chunks and leaving them to  languish on the side of their plates – well – they don’t get asked again – not for breakfast at any rate !  Continue reading

Christmas Breakfast in a Pot: Flavoursome home-made yoghurt topped with lashings of fresh fruit.




I love Christmas morning breakfast, the warm glow of this special day already ignited with the traditional opening of presents from Santa. This used to happen at about 5am with wide awake youngsters who simply couldn’t contain their excitement a moment longer, and two bleary eyed parents – who secretly couldn’t contain theirs either!  These days its a bit more civilized time wise, but I confess that I miss that cosy family moment – everyone piled into the same warm bed taking it in turns to rip the paper off  Santa’s carelessly wrapped gifts (he has a lot to do so all is forgiven).

Fires lit and Christmas music on we assemble at a reasonable hour to enjoy the first festive meal of the day. Smoked Salmon  with perfectly executed scrambled eggs are a favourite as  is home made yoghurt served with a fresh and exotic fruit salad, warm cinnamon buns and plenty of fresh juice and coffee.

Below I take you through the yoghurt making process using my highly sophisticated yoghurt maker (a box and a blanket), and give you two delicious ideas for fruit salads.  If you prefer cooked fruit then apple, pear and apricot purees work just as well and you could finish these off with a sprinkling of granola. Continue reading

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