Tuesday, 28 July 2015

'Healthy' breakfast muffins

ML's sister in law sent over this piccie of her latest baking triumph from the Hemsley and Hemsley cookbook. For those with their heads in the proverbial culinary sand, this juggernaut of healthy cooking bliss is a mega phenomenon of the year and offers yummy, colourful, healthy recipes inspired by the two eponymous sisters who positively glow with health.

This recipe is sugar-free, and gets its sweetness from maple syrup, with plenty of lemony zestiness and a poppy seed crunch. A guilt-free yom.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Breakfast included: Bissell House, Pasedena, LA

Another delicious breakfast pic from across-the-pond. ML's MiL kindly sent over this envy-inducing shot of yoghurt parfait, fresh croissant, porridge with walnuts and cranberries and crustless mushroom, cheese and onion quiche. How wonderful that one doesn't have to choose between them!

It was served at Bissell House B&B, a delightfully English chintz-in-a-way-that-only-Americans-can-do, lodging and a rather refreshing departure from LA's trendy hotels and edgy motels.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Muesli Lover's bread disasters

Yes, the do look great, but no, they tasted awful. Well, the muesli bread (lower picture) was passable, and on the heavy side, but the Irish soda bread was just darned cement, and needed to come with a health warning when we threw it at the poor ducks of Hampstead Heath. So, what am I doing wrong?

The muesli bread recipe is from the excellent Dorset Cereals breakfast book, which I in no way hold accountable for the outcome. The soda bread was a BBC online job, and equally I think I have to blame chef error.

I will try bread-making again, but am going to check out some Youtube videos first...

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Smoothie recipe matrix

Spotted this a whileback and rather liked the idea... we do get a bit stuck on our smoothie recipe favourites in the ML household so it's great to have some fresh inspiration.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Best cafes: Milk Bar, Soho, London

We're spoilt for choice for Antipodean coffee spots in London, and ML is still trying to slog her way around them. Finally made it to Milk Bar the other day, sister to Flat White. I can confirm it is every bit as cute, artisan and tasty as its sibling.

Milk Bar is open from 8am weekdays and 9.30am weekends.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Fluffy, fluffy pancakes

This recipe is the current ML favourite for pancakes... a weekend brunch favourite since Mini ML decided they are on her faves list... We have tried them without the sugar and they are equally good - they are just so darned puffy, and interestingly, they are baked rather than pan-fried. They taste great with yoghurt and apple puree.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Deliciously Ella's tropical smoothie

The Muesli's have a new favourite smoothie, featured a while back in Grazia magazine and created by the blog/cookbook/health phenomenon Ella.

The tropical smoothie is just so darned good and a nice change from our milkier versions, but still filling thanks to the nuts, oats and coconut. Also check out the deliciouslyella website for some other clever healthy breakfast ideas. Her bircher muesli is next on my radar...