1940s nightie from Revival Vintage
Handknitted Tea Cosy from Cate’s Craft Corner
Crockery – Vintage
Model – Rachel Palmer
Photographer – Bethany Palmer
Rachel’s website is www.vintagefolly.com and instagram handle is @vintagefolly
Happy New Year! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? If you haven’t, may I suggest one – eat breakfast. I know it sounds simple but eating breakfast is one aspect of the good ol’ days that many of us have left behind and definitely one that should be back in fashion.
I started eating breakfast again about two years ago when I was trying to lose weight. I’d read that the best way to reduce and maintain your waistline was to make sure that you never let yourself get ravenously hungry. If you plan to eat regularly, you’re less likely to binge or snack on crisps and biscuits.
We’ve all been there. It’s half an hour before lunch and you’re so hungry you could eat a horse – no wonder if you haven’t eaten since 6pm the day before! Being very hungry before noon contributes to us making poor food choices at lunch time and a lack of concentration in the morning. Children who eat a proper breakfast tend to reach their goals at school and pre-school children with full tummies have extra energy to play and grow.
We all know that we should eat breakfast, but if you’re anything like me, you’d rather have an extra fifteen minutes in bed than start cooking up a storm. Why not lay a pretty table the night before and make a meal of it? A proper cup of tea and a chat with your loved ones first thing could be the perfect antidote to a busy family life.
If that doesn’t sell you on the idea of eating breakfast, hopefully these three super simple breakfast ideas will.
How to Boil An Egg
Yes you read that correctly! It may sound oversimple but let’s be honest, how often does your egg turn out just right? We’ve taken the below timings from Saint Delia Smith herself so yours is sure to be perfect. Toast soldiers are perfect for dipping and a fun food for little ones.
- Bring a pan of water to the boil.
- Carefully lower your eggs into the water (which should cover them completely) and cook for exactly 1 minute.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for the following times.
Runny – 5 minutes
Soft boiled – 6 minutes
Hard-ish boiled – 7minutes
How to Make Proper Porridge
This method was explained to me whilst on a trip in the Highlands, so it’s as authentic as they come and great for children. Just use whatever milk they’re currently having. If you love the creamy, comforting texture of oats but don’t have time for pot stirring first thing, combine ½ cup of oats with ½ cup of milk and leave in the fridge overnight, for a deliciously quick breakfast.
For one person.
½ cup porridge oats
1 ½ cups cold water
A pinch of salt (if you’re making it for grown ups)
- Place your oats in a hot pan and cook them for a few minutes, stirring continuously, until they start to smell sweet.
- Pour over the water and stir well.
Reduce the heat slightly and continue to stir until you slowly bring the mixture to the boil.
Turn the heat down and simmer on a very low heat for five minutes.
Serve with a little cream, honey or jam to taste.
How to make Breakfast Bars
There’s always one family member who either cannot get up in time or has to leave far too early, to sit down for breakfast. We have to make concessions for them and so here is my take on a family flap jack recipe, which I’ve crammed full of good stuff to give those people a boost as they rush out of the door.
If you’re planning on giving these to children under one, be sure to omit the honey.
40g flaked almonds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 160/gas mark 3
- In a pan melt the margarine, peanut butter, honey and maple syrup (in what quantities?)
- Chop the dates into very small pieces
- Add the dates, sultanas, poppy seeds and flaked almonds to the pan and combine.
- Add the oats and stir until fully coated
Press into the greased oven tray and bake for 30 minutes.
Allow to cool fully before slicing into bars.
The breakfast bars will keep for 3 days in an airtight container. This recipe makes a whole tray full so you may want to freeze some of the batch.