Whenever we have visitors I like them to have a really relaxed start to the day.I hate shotgun starts. I am the last person on earth who would don a pinny and cook breakfast. I actually am not grumpy in the mornings. I just spend the first thirty minutes,at least,fighting my way through a foggy, cotton wool state.
So, I put a pretty cloth on the work top and then layer it up with yummy things.
Some in jars,some in tins.
Some shop bought but mostly home made. Home made marmalade in a cut glass pot. Home made Granola in a big jar. Tins of various cereals. And then in the morning I just have to add the fresh things. Home made yogurts, fresh fruit and a great big jug of freshly squeezed orange juice. Well when you can buy 3 kilos of oranges on the market for 1 Euro it would be mean not too.
So, there we have it. My answer to breakfast.
Perhaps you would like to try the Granola I make. It's yummy and quite healthy. The trouble is it's also very moreish and tempting at other times of the day too.
300g of porridge oats.
100g of sunflower seeds.
100g of pumpkin seeds
2-3 tablespoons of sesame seeds.
100g of mixed nuts roughly chopped.
100g dried fruit. I like to use cranberries. The little red berries look really pretty in the jar.
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
3 tablespoons of honey
8 tablespoons of maple syrup.
This is really quick to make,and you work like this.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl keeping the cranberries aside until later.
Mix the vegetable oil,honey and syrup together.
Mix the dried ingredients into the syrup mixture and stir well ensuring all the ingredients get a coating. Try and resist nibbling bits at this point!!!
Lay the mixture on 2 baking trays. I line these with grease proof paper.
Cook in an oven at 150 degree for 15 mins.
Take it out and mix it up with a palette knife and add the berries.
Pop it back in the oven for another 5 - 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on it at this stage. You want it to be gently golden but not burnt.
Leave to cool on the tray then break up the mixture and pop in a pretty airtight jar.
Breakfast. Petit Dejeuner. Desayuno. Gorgeous in any language.