You know those Sundays. You wake up late, you mercifully have no plans for once except for a big roast and a nap in front of some slightly crap channel 4 film. These kind of days are absolutely golden, each hour ticking gently into the next, until you get the Monday morning blues. So making a bit of a celebration over breakfast is just what the doctor ordered.
You might have a Sunday morning breakfast tradition- pancakes and crispy bacon, a fry up, a McDonald’s breakfast (don’t act like you’ve never been there)- but the most important thing is to get people round, make sure there’s plenty and feast.
This morning we had egg baked in avocado, spinach and yoghurt Shakshuka (baked eggs/Turkish eggs/chakchouka etc), soft serve mango lassi, and blueberry and lemon oat and coconut flour pancakes.
Egg baked in avocado
Well this is barely a recipe. I’ve seen it done before and always want to have a go. It’s actually kind of tricky to make enough room for a whole egg to fit into the avo (you’d end up scooping out a lot of the avocado flesh), so have the avocado over a small bowl when you crack the egg into it, to catch the excess whites that inevitably don’t make the cut.
Season (chilli flakes are amazing with this) and pop in the oven or under the grill under your whites are just set. This gave me a crunchy topped yolk that was still runny and delicious inside. My (admittedly underripe) avocado had softened to perfection.
Oat and coconut flour banana and blueberry pancakes (serves 1)
Ok, so with a title like that you probably don’t actually need a recipe.
But I make these all the time (see my Instagram this week), so I thought having the recipe up wouldn’t do any harm. They’re blender pancakes, so you just chuck all the ingredients in, blend until smooth, add some frozen fruit and get frying.
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp coconut flour (up the oats if you don’t have this)
1 ripe banana
1/2 tsp baking powder
Fresh/ frozen blueberries
1. Pop all the ingredients bar the blueberries in your blender. I put the oats in first so they get turned into an oat flour at the beginning, before the banana gets blended up. Blend until smooth.
2. Add blueberries and stir gently so the blueberries are evenly distributed, and fry up. I use a non stick frying pan and cooking spray. Make sure you keep your pancakes quite small- about a heaped tbsp of batter- to make sure you can flip them easily as they’re more fragile than normal pancakes (because they are lacking in the gluten from plain flour).
Green eggs (no ham)/ spinach Shakshouka- Serves 2
I love Shakshouka- eggs perfectly poached in a fiery tomato sauce- but I’ve never given a green version a go. This was born out of neccessity though to be honest- I had spinach but no tomatoes.
Again it’s barely a recipe- I used frozen spinach just because with the fresh stuff a while bag wilts down to about a mouthful, but feel free to use whatever you like!
- Spinach- about enough to half fill your frying pan when cooked
- eggs- reckon on about 2 per person
- yoghurt- a few creamy spoonfuls to mix with the spinach once cooked
- pinch of nutmeg
- hot sauce of choice (optional)
- Wilt spinach in a frying pan with a couple of spoonfuls of water. once completely wilted, or thawed in the case of frozen spinach- season with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
2. Make gaps in your wilted spinach pan and crack the eggs into these gaps. After a minute or so pop a lid on your pan- or a large plate if you’re like me and sadly lacking in lids. Allow the steam to cook the whites until they are just set- or however you like them really.
3. Spoon yoghurt and hot sauce over the top and carry to the table in the frying pan (it looks nice and means there are fewer dishes to wash up).
Soft Serve Mango Lassi
I didn’t even get a close up photo of this, because my boyfriend had the blender and a spoon in a tight grip- and an expression of joy on his face.
I don’t want to get to prescriptive with this recipe, basically toss some frozen mango chunks, plain yoghurt, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until smooth, creamy and the consistency of soft ice cream. You’ll need to keep stopping the blending to push down the mix at the sides, or add a splash of milk to loosen up the mixture- this depends on your blender. But just go with the flow- (some dessicated coconut and honey would also be amaaazing in this, as would a pinch of cardamom), and most importantly, keep out of arms reach of all boyfriends.
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