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...

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Best cafes: The Fields Beneath, Kentish Town, London

The Fields Beneath is a little gem that the Muesli's have recently discovered for pre and post swim treats. They do delicious coffee, although sadly no decaf, but they make up for it with a homemade chai latte and a mean hot chocolate.

They also do tasty granola yoghurt pots, porridge, croissants and a load of imaginatively filled sandwiches as well as some Mum-made brownies.

Open weekdays from 7am, Saturdays from 7.30am and Sundays from 9am.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Best cafes: Honey & Co, London W1

This wonderful little cafe in a quiet little pocket of north Soho is a fantastic spot at any time of the day, but the Muesli's only recent made it for breakfast. It was worth the wait.

Owner-cooks-married-couple Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich took 12 years to open the cafe and have since produced a wonderful cookbook and won rave reviews. Their dishes reflect generations of family favourites and street food from Jerusalem.

We loved the original menu items with Israeli inspired dishes offering a genuinely fresh menu of breads, egg based dishes, yoghurty things, loaves and a Merguese sausage roll.

Everything we ordered was wonderful - fresh, home-cooked, tasty and satisfying. The feta and potato boreka with tahini and egg satisfied our savoury craving, and the milk bun was filling comfort food, although the highlight was the sensational fig, walnut and orange loaf. It tasted of every component in a sweet but not sickly, moist, wholesome and moreish package. Next time, we'll order two.

Open from 8am weekdays, 9.30am Saturdays

Friday, 10 April 2015

Pear, cream and cinnamon crepe

My Old Dutch was the place to be on Shrove Tuesday... so much so we had to queue for 30 minutes! But this beauty was worth it. A thin and crispy crepe and a generous dollop of squirty cream.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter bunny breakfasts...

Happy Belated Easter muesli lovers!

We had crepes on Easter Sunday... Mini ML got honey pancakes, yoghurt and banana. Mum and Dad ML opted for the naughtier Easter option of chocolate stuffed pancakes with squirty cream top... well, it is (was) Easter...

We have been using the Jamie Oliver pancake recipe of late because it is sugar-free, super fluffy and light. Also works well with fruit, such as blueberries, cooked with the pancake, or topped with bacon and maple syrup, toasted almonds, yoghurt and date syrup or pear, dark chocolate and cream.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Best cafes: The Greek Larder, King's Cross, London

The Muesli's are off to Greece this summer, so what better preparation than checking out some authentic breakfast dishes in this delightful new restaurant that is part of the vast King's Cross redevelopment site. 

The menu was fascinating and I only wish we had taken some chums to try more of the dishes, especially the sweet pastries. Alas we only had room for the Ladopita wrap, above, and the baked eggs, both tasty, fresh and delicious. The Greek coffee was knock-your-socks-off nutty and delicious and the mountain tea latte delicately fragrant.

We're definitely going back for more holiday pre-search, and next time we'll take extra tummy space.

The Greek Larder is open weekdays from 8am, Saturday from 10am and Sunday from 11am.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Sugar-free orange and olive oil cake

I snipped this Tom Hunt olive oil and orange cake recipe out of The Observer a couple of weeks ago because it is sugar-free and therefore a sort of guilt-free snack for the MLs, plus we have Mini ML on a sugar-free life right now so it means she can partake as well.

We had it with clotted cream... well, there has to be some sin to a pud... but it struck me that it might also make a good breakfast dish with a creamy coffee and some cool plain yoghurt.