Rise & Shine

20/10/2012 15:40

Rise and Shine and Start the day well.

Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. 'Breakfast' literally means ‘breaking the fast’ after a good night’s sleep. No matter how busy you are, a good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day ahead.

A traditional English breakfast is called the 'Full English' and consists of eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread, baked beans and mushrooms, and maybe even a slice of black pudding. Once the farm worker’s hearty way to set themselves up for a hard day’s labouring in the fields.
Breakfast staples such as cereal and toast remain the most popular choices in the mornings. Whole-wheat or wholegrain breakfast cereals such as wheat biscuits, muesli or bran cereals with low-fat milk are a good choice. Porridge oats are great for lowering cholesterol, steadying blood sugar levels, increasing fibre intake and satisfying the appetite. Homemade porridge is delicious, tis my favourite. Just cook it according to the packet insructions, then serve topped with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, chopped pecans or a selection of fresh or dried fruits.

If you prefer toast in the morning, try to choose wholemeal bread instead of white.
Spread with marmalade, marmite or peanut butter. Or top with some baked beans, poached egg, grilled mushrooms or tomatoes.

Instead of regular brown bread, why not try some other tasty alternatives including rye bread, granary bread, waffles, crumpets or muffins. English Muffins are very different from their American cousins. They're bread rather than cake and are cooked on a griddle. Partnered with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce, they're famous as Eggs Benedict.

A Fresh fruit salad will provide a slow release of energy to get you through until lunchtime and also give you a healthy top up of vitamins and minerals. Peel and slice a few of your favourite fruits, and top with a dollop of natural yoghurt.

Eggs are possibly the most versatile as well as being the most nutritious breakfast protein. They can be poached, scrambled, fried, boiled or made into an omelette.

Kippers are a traditional English breakfast dish, often served with a poached egg. They may be grilled, baked, fried or jugged - This is the traditional way of serving kippers and it ensures the whole house does not reek of fish!

 Kedgeree originated amongst the British colonials in India and was introduced to the UK as a breakfast dish in Victorian times. Kedgeree is derived from an Indian dish called khichri. A  dish consisting of smoked haddock, rice, parsley, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, butter or cream. It's fragrant, colourful and tasty.

Plenty of tasty ideas to get you fueled up for the day. So make the time and enjoy Breakfast!