This is the perfect healthy start to the day. You can of course use fresh fruit, but the frozen berries give this drink a lovely texture. Feel free to play around with other fruit combinations, such as strawberry and banana or pineapple and mango.
Serves 2 • Prep 5’ • Quick & Easy
100g frozen blueberries
100g frozen raspberries
4 tbsp yoghurt
200ml apple juice
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
Earl Grey Stewed Fruit with Vanilla Poridge
I can’t think of anything more comforting than starting the day with a bowl of porridge and a cup of tea. This is a bit of a posh porridge: I’m using classic Earl Grey tea to gently infuse the fruit and I’m enhancing the oaty porridge with a lovely vanilla dimension. Believe me, it’s heaven in a bowl.
Serves 6 • Prep 20’ • Cooking 15’ • Easy
For the stewed fruit:
2 Earl Grey teabags
10 dried apricots
30g dried cranberries
10 dried prunes
For the porridge:
1.4 litres milk
4 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
1 vanilla pod
Bring 400ml water to the boil, pour into a saucepan and add the teabags.
Cover and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel the pears, cut them into quarters, core and cut into small, bite-sized chunks. Cut the apricots and prunes into halves.
Discard the teabags from the infusion, add the sugar, pears, apricots and cranberries. Simmer for 4 minutes on a medium heat, then add the prunes and simmer for another 3 minutes until the pears are tender. Take out the fruit with a slotted spoon and put into a bowl. Turn up the heat and boil the syrup for 8 minutes for the liquid to reduce.
Meanwhile, make the porridge. Put the oats into a saucepan, add the milk and sugar.
Slice open the vanilla pod, carve out the vanilla seeds and add both the pod and the seeds to the porridge. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer for another 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Remove the vanilla pod and let the porridge rest for a minute before serving.
Serve the porridge topped with the stewed fruit and pour some of the syrup over it.
TIP: If you’re in a hurry, prepare the fruit the night before and reheat it in the morning, or just sprinkle your basic porridge with brown sugar and dust with some cinnamon.
No full English breakfast would be complete without baked beans. But so many people dread these little buggers, associating them with tinned horror. Let me show you that there’s a world beyond these typical tinned beans – and convert you to become real baked bean lovers.
Serves 4-6 • Prep 10’ • Cooking 25’ • Easy
1 red chili (optional)
1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 garlic cloves
400g can of chopped
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
1 tbsp barbecue sauce (optional)
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp sugar
3 thyme sprigs
400g can of haricot beans (235g drained)
salt and pepper
Finely chop the onion, pancetta and chili. Put the oil into a large saucepan and fry the onion, pancetta and chili over a medium heat for 4 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Crush the garlic cloves, add to the onions and fry for another minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes, the Worcester sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, sugar and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the haricot beans, cover and cook on a medium heat for another 4 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Uncover the beans, and cook for another 4 minutes.
TIP: If you can’t get your head and stomach around eating these for breakfast, you can enjoy them as a proper meal. I like them as filling in a baked potato or on toast.
Full English Breakfast
You don’t want to know how many calories this dish has... Still, it’s well fun to eat a Full English from time to time. I am making Gromperekichelcher for my version, since they’re a sort of Luxembourgish hash brown. Don’t be put off by the many elements this dish involves, if you take it step by step, it’s all manageable.
Serves 4 • Prep 30’ • Cooking 30’ • A little effort
For the Gromperekichelcher:
2 potatoes (300g)
1 onion (100g)
2 tbsp flour
1⁄2 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped parsley
1 tsp herbes de provence
1 tsp dried rosemary
12 pancetta or bacon rashers
2 tbsp chopped chives (optional)
salt and pepper
4 slices of toast
Start by preparing the Gromperekichelcher: peel the potatoes and onion, grate and put into a bowl. Add the egg, flour, salt and parsley, mix well and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Grease a baking tray and arrange the sausages on it, pricking into each sausage with a fork. Cut the tomatoes in half, clean and quarter the mushrooms and put on the tray. Sprinkle some herbes de provence over the tomatoes, some rosemary over the mushrooms, and sprinkle both with salt. Set aside.
Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the cream and chives, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
When the Gromperekichelcher are ready, stir the potato mix, as it will have gathered some water at the bottom of the bowl. Pour some sunflower oil into a frying pan, so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered in oil. Heat the oil and test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a tiny bit of batter in – if it starts bubbling, you’re ready. Drop 4 tablespoons of the potato mix into the pan to form 4 Gromperekichelcher, and fry on each side for about 2 minutes. Take out of the pan and put onto a plate lined with kitchen paper, to absorb some of the grease. Continue with the remaining batter and make another 4 potato cakes. When all the Gromperekichelcher are done, put them onto a second baking tray.
Pour the oil out of the frying pan and put back on the hob. You’ll need it for frying the bacon later.
Put the baked beans into a saucepan and heat up on a medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Using the combi setting of your oven and grill, preheat the oven to 150°C and your grill to high. Put the tray with the Gromperekichelcher into the lower bottom of the oven. Put the tray with the sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms about 5cm under the grill. Leaving the oven door slightly open, grill for 8-10 minutes (depending on how big the sausages are), turning the sausages once.
Meanwhile, fry the pancetta or bacon rashers for a couple of minutes in the frying pan, which you previously used for the Gromperekichelcher. When they’re starting to brown, they’re done – take out of the pan and distribute on 4 plates. Then, pour the egg mixture into the same frying pan, stirring for a minute or so, so that you get scrambled eggs. Divide between the plates.
Toast the bread. Take the sausage tray out of the oven and divide the sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms between the plates. Do the same with the Gromperekichelcher and baked beans. Serve with buttered toast.
Recipes from the book Anne’s Kitchen, Editions Schortgen : http://anneskitchen.co.uk/the-book/