I’m one of those people who turn greenish-grey around the gills at the thought of eating breakfast 20-minutes after I wake. I prefer no conversation and a large white mug filled 3/4 full of so-strong-it’ll-curl-your-hair coffee, 2 sweetener tablets, and the mug topped up to the brim with skimmed milk that’s been warmed in the microwave. That’s it. Nothing more until about 9AM. Well, unless I’m offered a full-English breakfast, which I can eat anytime, anywhere: breakfast, lunch or dinner. But I can’t be eating a full-English everyday and expect to look down my nose toward my toes and hope to see my feet protruding beyond a bulbous belly. So I rarely eat breakfast at the same time as when I prepare it for my husband. But when I do eat breakfast, full-English withstanding, this is my favourite thing to eat. It’s light, fresh and nutritious, and it can be tweaked and varied in countless ways to keep it from being boring. Nothing worse than a boring breakfast.
Yogurt with Oranges, Dried Cranberries, Nuts and Honey
Ingredients: (Serves One)
A Cupful of Natural Unflavoured Yogurt
One Large Orange
A Handful of Dried Cranberries
A Generous Sprinkling of Sliced Almonds
A Handful of Soya Nuts
A Handful of Salted Peanuts
1 teaspoon Brown or Golden Linseed
A Scant Drizzle of Honey or Agave Syrup.
Plop a cupful of yogurt on one side of the bowl, the oranges on the other side, sprinkle with the linseed, soya nuts, almond slices and salted peanuts, scatter the dried cranberries, and then drizzle a miserly-Scrooge-like portion of honey across the top. Keep it on the tart side rather than the sweet side. And then dig in!
It’s like eating a bowlful of sunshine on a summer morning.
And it’s just occurred to me that some shavings of dark chocolate might be nice, too…