Category Archives: breakfast

Fierce Kitten Breakfast

Entrée:

Smoothie with soy milk, half a banana, some spinach, 1/4 of an avocado and celery.
In a fancy Kriek Lindemans glass (not optional, it has to be a beer glass).

Main: 

Microwave Muffin!

In a mug combine 4 T of oatbran, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of baking powder. Add 2 T of plain yoghurt and 2 T of coconut milk. Stir to combine.
Add an egg(white) and whisk until smooth.
Add ins: chopped almonds and chocolate chips.

Microwave on medium high for 2 to 3 minutes.

I topped mine with some more coconut milk but in order to make an extra fierce breakfast you can also top it with a coconut-peanut butter glaze: microwave one T of peanut butter until melted and whisk in 1 T of coconut milk, smother this on top of the muffin and sprinkle with some grated coconut, simple as that.

This breakfast will make you as fierce as a Mona-kitten chasing a scrunchie!

Love, M.

Cookie Potential

This morning was a baking kind of morning.
I was feeling adventurous so I just tossed together some odds and ends to create a breakfast bake.

It was good, but it was a bit too dry to my taste. I wasn’t really blown away by the cake parts, I did truly enjoy the “cookie” outside parts of the bake however!
It tasted like cinnamon shortbread, which makes me think this recipe would be amazing to create cookies!

‘Buckwheat Almond Bake’

  • 30 gr (1/4 a cup) of almond flour
  • 30 gr (1/4 a cup) of buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 t of baking powder
  • an egg
  • 1  to 2 T of oil (I used olive oil)
  • half a banana, mashed, or apple sauce
  • a couple of splashes of soy milk
  • cinnamon and salt
  • add ins of choice: I used dried berries and sunflower seeds, chocolate would be amazing
*note: I didn’t add the banana when I made this, but have listed it in the ingredient list to make it a bit more moist.

Combine the dry ingredients and make sure everything is blended well, add the wet ingredients and stir it well.

Christmas napkins and the smell of cinnamon bakes, njam!

Preheat oven to 200°C (390 F), take a couple of ramekins and grease them (make sure there’s enough grease in there, things will get sticky!), bake them for 12 to 15 minutes.

Love, M.

Playing Dress Up

In the weekends I love to dress up breakfast a bit.

Friday I had a Walnut Microwave Muffin with peanut butter on top, but it was too dark (and too yummy) to take photographs of it. Next time I am going to make this, I’ll make sure to document it and post the recipe  cause it’s such an easy and delicious way to start your day.

This morning I dressed up my oats!
There always seem to be so much more interesting toppings lying around the house when I’m at home (in Leuven I manage with the bare minimum, but at home there are a lot of choice and a lot of chocolate).

Somehow the microwave at home is better equipped for fluffy oats as well (it always baffles me how much microwaves can differ in cooking time etc.)

On the menu today: fluffy oats, lazy girl style, with half a banana mashed in when adding the milk, which makes it even more fluffier (and gives a nice sweet touch to it, hooray for natural sweetness).
Topped with homemade granola and a marshmallow covered in chocolate.

We have Sinterklaas candy in every cupboard at the moment, so I’m trying to stay away from the kitchen as far as I can, which obviously doesn’t work out cause I’m the one that loves to cook around here.
I’ve been very good about it though, apart from the marshmallow thingie in my oats, I only had a chocolate Sinterklaas filled with praliné last night and I did my very best to savour it and eat it as mindfully as I could.

Love, M.

Energised

Focusing on yoga and meditation this week really has done miracles for my energy levels, my mood and my attitude.

This morning, I woke up feeling really energised and  focused even though I only had 5 hours of sleep.
My body doesn’t do sleeping in, not even when it’s been partying till 3 and danced all night long and had a couple of drinks: 7 am it is, thank you very much  bio rhythm.

I tried to force myself to sleep some more, but after dozing another hour or so I just had to wake up and get things going.

Fluffy and overflowing oats, and you can take that last part quite literally 😉
Good thing I was just in time to prevent it from spilling all over the microwave 

The best breakfast I’ve had in ages: fluffy oats with blueberries, cinnamon and honey, topped with some granola and some soy milk. Such a great way to start your day.

After breakfast I decided to go for a coffee, to compensate for the missed hours of sleep. Once in the coffee shop I went with the Ginger Tea instead of coffee.

If been wanting to try this for ages, but I’m always having a hard time in coffee places, so much delicious options!

There was actually real ginger in there, no strange flavours supplements or stuff. I loved the contrast of the ginger and the honey, definitely will get this again.

Now for an unrelated question: I’ve noticed that I’ve almost passed my upload limit on wordpress (woooops) now I was wondering: If I delete files in my media library will they still be visible in the posts that are already published, or will they disappear there as well?? Any suggestions??

Love, M.

Another round of Morning Baking

I can’t help it, when I’m at home during the weekends I just have to bake stuff (preferably breakfast stuff).

I probably wouldn’t be such a baking fanatical if I had an oven to my disposition every day, but now I can only use it in the weekend, I have to make good use of my baking time.

‘Breakfast Cookie’
3 varieties

  • 30 gr (1/3 a cup) of oats
  • soy milk
  • cinnamon
  • one egg (or just the white, or a flax egg)
  • 1 t of baking powder
  • 1/2 t unsweetened cocoa powder
  • some granola
  • some chocolate chips
  • dried berries
  • sunflower seeds
  • shredded almonds or coconut shreds
  • 1 t peanut butter

For the base: heat the oats in just enough milk to cover them  for 2 minutes in the microwave. Add the egg, whisk, whisk, add some more milk if preferred and heat for another minutes. Add cinnamon and baking powder.

I opted to cook the oats before baking the cookies so they would stay gooey and chewy on the inside, if you don’t care for chewy cookies you can skip this step and just mix the oats, milk, egg, baking powder and cinnamon together and whisk it.

Divide the oats dough in tree parts.
Preheat oven to 220°C ( 430F).

Chocolate Cookies:
Mix 1/2 t of cocoa powder through 1/3 of the oats base.
Make 2 dollops with a spoon and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Sprinkle some granola and chocolate chips on top.

Berrie Cookies:
Mix the berries, sunflower seeds and shredded almonds/coconut with another 1/3 of the oats base.
Again, make 2 dollops on the wax paper.

Peanut Butter Cookies:
Heat 1 t of peanut butter and mix it with 1/3 of the oats base.
Make two dollops of this mixture and line them on the wax paper.
Bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes (12 minutes if you like them a bit firmer) on 220° C (430 F).

These would be great as a snack as well, but yeah, you guys know I have a soft spot for cookies for breakfast 😉

Love, M.

Some Britishness to celebrate a New Day

When the words Britishness, breakfast, clotted cream and a picture of jelly are featured in a post, what do you immediately think about?

Let’s make this a bit easier for you: You’re supposed to say scones now 😉

The most vivid mental image I have from our visit to London last summer was the first time I ever tasted a scone (with clotted cream and jelly, of course), it made me sad to think I only tried it on our last day cause there would be no way I’d ever find that greatness again when back on Belgium territory.

Or at least that was what I thought until I stumbled across this easy peasy scone recipe on  Eat, Live, Run.

’15 Minute Oatmeal Scones’
Recipe as seen on Eat, Live, Run

  • 40 gr (1/2 a cup) of oats
  • 80 gr (2/3 a cup) of flour
  • 1/2 t of salt
  • 1 t of baking powder
  • 2 T of butter
  • soy milk: the recipe says 1/2 a cup, I just splashed some in
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, cut the butter in tiny pieces ( I read somewhere this works best when the butter is really cold) crumb it under the mixture with your fingers and add the milk. Bake for 12 minutes on 250°c (475F).

 My mum liked them too, so it’s safe to say it’s not just something ‘weird’ only I seem to enjoy in this household (such as peanut butter, chickpeas, oatcakes, overnight oats… and the list goes on!).

On a side note: does anyone think it’s strange to put peanut butter on scones? Is that considered blasphemy?
We didn’t have any cream on hand (clotted or other wise), and just jelly seemed a bit plain, so I had a peanut butter and jelly scone.

Make these, and enjoy a bit of Britishness in the early morning or with a cup of tea as a snack!
Love, M. 

Fluff up Your Oats

Fluffy is the new black… or something along those lines 😉

There’s something extremely comforting about digging into a bowl of overflowing, marshmallowy oats in the morning.

 

Not just because there’s more to eat while prepared with the same amount of oats (I have to admit, sometimes I’m a quantity person), but also because of the texture: it’s like eating a cloud!

First attempt at fluffy oats were the eggy banana oats as seen in Sundays post. They were fluffy all right, but heavy at the same time (this doesn’t make sense until you’ve actually tried them).
And then there was all the stove top cooking and the whisking: It’s a nice breakfast to hold you over for a long time and when you have a lot of time to prepare it, but the lazy person in me wanted to see if there was a way to create pillow oats without all the fuss and the whisking.

Fortunately there is!

‘Lazy Girl Fluffy Oats’

Take half  a cup of quick oats, pour water on top of them until they are covered and microwave for about 1.5 to 2 minutes.

You’ll end up with something like this:

It looks like a sponge with cinnamon sprinkled on top, but no worries, it’ll turn out just fine.

Now add a few splashes of (soy) milk and stir everything  well, you’ll see that the ‘sponge’ will dissolve and get more pillow like, keep adding milk and stirring until you reached the desired consistency (I also added half a mashed banana at this point). Microwave for another minute or 2, et voila!

Feel free to add  more milk after this if you think the oats still aren’t fluffy enough.

Fluffy and voluminous, the way I like my oats best!

As for the fun part: I added melted peanut butter and some granola to get a banana peanut butter bowl.

Love, M.