Super Purple Breakfast Smoothie (v)

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I’ve long enjoyed making smoothies, but I recently upgraded my blender to a nutribullet type one. Oh my, all that extra power makes for an extra smooth smoothie! This combo used up some bits of fruit in the bottom of the fridge, and turned it my favourite colour. PURPLE!!

For one smoothie you need

  • 1 ripe banana
  • Handful red grapes
  • Handful blueberries
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup non dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  1. Put everything in the blender goblet, invert and blend, blend, blend!
  2. Enjoy and feel super smug.
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Mushroom Double Swiss (aka cheese and mushroom omelette…)

Breakfast is such an important meal. And when I am at home it invariably involves eggs of some sort. I adore eggs, and the soft, oozy gooiness that an omelette gives makes me very happy indeed. This is called mushroom double swiss cos, like the burger of that name, it uses gruyere and mushrooms as a filling.

For one person you need:
75g mushrooms, sliced
1 knob butter
salt and pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp gruyere cheese, finely grated.

Begin by melting the butter in a small-ish frying pan. Once hot and the butter is bubbling, add the sliced mushrooms and season well with salt and pepper. Cook over a moderate heat till the juices have come out of them and they start to turn golden brown on their edges. When this happens, add the eggs to the pan and distribute evenly by shaking the pan. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and keep shaking the pan to move the eggs about and ensure they cook evenly. When the eggs are mostly set, flip one third of the omelette into the centre then turn the eggs out of the pan on to a plate, completing the fold as you do so. Scoff immediately with strong black coffee and copious orange juice. Delish.

Tofu Scramble with Mushrooms and Spring Onions (v)

I have long been scared to make this, and I have no idea why. It’s a piece of p*ss. Quick. Tasty. Easy. Good for you. And to my delight sooooooooo much nicer than scrambled eggs too. Tofu scramble, where have you been all my life??!

For two people you need:
1 small pack firm silken tofu, drained
3-4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
1/2 punnet mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 tsp oil
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
a few drops tabasco to serve (optional)

Begin by sauteeing the onion and mushrooms in the oil for about 5 mins till softened and the juices have run from the mushrooms. Season. Crumble over the tofu and add the turmeric. Cook through, stirring gently so that the tofu doesn’t break up too much. Serve with toast (and marmite ;-)) and a few drops of tabasco.

The Perfect Veggie Fry Up?

People will always disagree over what constitutes the best veggie fry up, but for me if it contains mushrooms, eggs, beans and some sort of veggie sausage and/or bacon I am a happy lass. Especially if someone else cooks it for me…

For 2 people you need:
1 can beans
2 eggs
4 rashers quorn bacon
2/3 punnet mushrooms, sliced
2 veggie sausages
2 soda farls, sliced
oil for frying

Heat the beans. Fry the mushrooms. Cook the sausages. Fry the bacon. Cut the soda farls and heat. Fry the eggs (over easy this time). Scoff with copious coffee or tea if you really must.

Cheese and Ham Croissants

This is sort of a croque monsieur in a croissant and is an excellent speedy brunch or snack. It’s also a good way to use up stale croissants and the last of the christmas cheese pile…

For one croissant you need:
1 croissant (the round ones work better than the long ones)
1 slice quorn ham
1 slice smoked cheese
1/2 slice gruyere cheese
1 thin spreading of french mustard

Cut the croissant in half. Smear the mustard over one half. Top with the ham and cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 mins in a hot oven. Scoff.

Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Brunch Eggs

This was a perfect way to start the seasonal festivities i.e. 3 of your 5 a day 😉

For 4 people you need:
1/2 punnet mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
50g butter
1 pack baby spinach
8 eggs
1 punnet baby plum tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Begin by melting the butter in a large non stick pan. Add the onions and mushrooms and sweat for about 5 mins. Add the spinach and cover with a lid to wilt. Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a separate pan and add the halved tomatoes. Season both pans with salt and pepper. Add the eggs to the spinach pan and scramble. Serve with the tomatoes on the side and lots of toast. Yum.

The Perfect Veggie Fry Up

Saturday is fry up day in our household. We have a lazy lie in (well we stay in bed and bribe Lex to stay upstairs for as long as possible…) and the come down to a large pot of coffee and a fry up for brunch.

For 3 people you need:
2 medium tomatoes, sliced in half
4-5 small mushrooms, destalked
2 knobs butter
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sunflower oil
3 hash browns
5 potato croquettes
3 rashers veggie bacon
3 veggie sausages
1 can beans
2 slices toast with butter and good quality marmalade
copious fresh orange juice
3 eggs

Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and season. Drizzle over the oil and bake for 15 mins in a hot oven.

Place the mushrooms in a pan, with some butter, seasoning and the sunflower oil. Cook covered for 10 mins before removing the lid and allowing to brown slightly.

Cook the croquettes and hash browns as per instructions on the packet (i.e. bung them into a hot oven for about 20 mins). Do the same with the sausages.

Heat the beans in a pan.

Fry the eggs. Toast the bread. Cook the bacon in the oven for 2 mins each side.

Serve, scoff and then run away and hide from the washing up…!

Hugh’s Pancakes

Apparently these scored an 8/10 on the Lex Pancake Scale ™. Don’t tell Hugh 😉

For about 12 pancakes you need:
250g plain flour
pinch salt
2 eggs
600ml milk

Mix everything together and leave to rest, preferably overnight but for at least 30 mins. Cook as per usual and scoff with lemon and sugar. Yum.

Seeded Honey and Oat Bars

This is a River Cottage recipe which we all saw being made earlier today. Lex was inspired by the recipe so we all made them and scoffed them. I would never have thought to add lemon and orange zest to the mix but it adds a lovely, zingy fresh taste. Yum. The original recipe is on the river cottage website.

For about 12 bars you need:
125g butter
150g light muscovado sugar
125g peanut butter
75g honey, plus a little more to finish
Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
200g porridge oats (not jumbo)
75g sultanas
75g chopped dried apricots
50g each of pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds

Melt together everything bar the oats, fruit and seeds. Mix the wet into the oats and fruit and 2/3 of the seeds. Pour into a lined 20cm square tin and press down. Scatter over the remaining seeds and drizzle with a little more honey. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 mins. Leave to cool before cutting in to bars and scoffing. Deeeeeelicious!