My biggest struggle when it comes to breakfast is between my laziness and my love of food. Most mornings I can think of a million reasons to stay in bed, but the allure of food somehow tempts me towards getting up and into the kitchen. The dilemma, therefore, is always thus: have that precious extra sleep, but only have time for a hastily buttered slice of toast eaten on the way to the bus stop; or sacrifice it and start the day with a great breakfast.
Lazy as I am, breakfast usually wins.
Next week is Breakfast Week, which not only celebrates the morning meal in all its glory, but champions the importance of eating breakfast, particularly for children and young adults. More information can be found here.
And I have rounded up seven of my favourite breakfast recipes to see you through the week (if you can be bothered to get up.)
I’ve been obsessed with Turkish eggs since I first tried them at Kopapa in Covent Garden. Eggs, garlicky butter and chilli maybe doesn’t sound too appetising, but it is one of the best combinations ever. Just don’t wear good clothes whilst eating it, as you will inevitably get it all over you. Recipe is here.
Sweet Potato Pancakes
These pancakes are a great way to use up any leftover sweet potato mash you have (although I often make extra mash just so I can make them.) They are my favourite pancakes of all time and a great excuse to go out and buy the really expensive maple syrup. Easy to veganise with dairy-free milk and yoghurt and egg replacer if you’re doing Veganuary. Recipe is here.
Homemade Vegan Baked Beans
I know I only posted the recipe for these last week, but beans are such a staple breakfast item, I couldn’t not include them. Either make enough for two, or make a big batch and put some in the freezer. Honestly, you’ll never buy a tin of Heinz again. Recipe here.
Stewed Prunes with Orange and Cinnamon
I appreciate this will make me sound far old beyond my years, but I can’t get enough of prunes. Especially with some yoghurt and granola. Of course, they are perfectly fine on their own, but stewing them with a little orange and cinnamon makes them extra special. Recipe here.
Kale, Spinach and Spring Onion Potato Cakes
A kind of bubble and squeak, if you will. A perfect accompaniment for poached eggs and hot sauce at the weekend. Of course, you can use more or less any vegetables you have leftover, but I really like the hearty greens. You can make them vegan by using egg replacer or some dairy-free milk in place of the eggs. Recipe here.
Sweet Potato, Chorizo and Caramelised Onion Hash with Baked Eggs
This takes a bit of time to make, but it is possibly my favourite breakfast ever. Some of the preparations can be done the night before, and it makes a brilliant weekend brunch with flatbreads and hot sauce. Make sure the chorizo is really, really crispy for the best results. Recipe here.
Fried Nutella and Strawberry French Toast Sandwich
OK, so this is probably more dessert than breakfast, and completely ridiculous. I ate one in the morning once, then promptly had to have a lie down, so maybe best for a day when you have little to do. Would be equally good with banana. Or any fruit for that matter. Recipe here.