Monday, February 20, 2012

day 50

Oops I did it again breakfast. Is it just me that struggles to juggle baking and small people? Today I almost ruined a perfectly good batch of coconut and banana bread by forgetting to take it out of the oven after turning the oven off. Somewhat deflating would be understating the effect of that particular oversight on the finished product. Unfortunately I can no longer use the blanket term "baby brain" to explain the absentmindedness, nor the usual sleep deprivation as I only got woken once last night, and that was by the dog. Thankfully although rather moist and now incredibly dense it tastes delicious. Which goes to show that this recipe is as bullet proof as Ramona described. Even after my usual alternate ingredients and health benefit additions. And I like that.

MENU: coconut and banana bread, coffee.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

day 49

Green eggs no ham breakfast. Who'd have thought that the one morning this week I actually have time to whip something special up for breakfast I am flat as one of my blueberry pancakes and cannot be assed. Had grand plans for something new from this book (which is excellent by the way). But deflated by news in the morning papers and complete disarray of contemporary Australian politics opted for green eggs. At least it's healthy, unlike the current political landscape.
MENU: poached eggs on spinach and Zeally Bay wholewheat sourdough with avocado, tomato chutney, and chives.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

day 48

Catch up breakfast. Pre children I loved nothing better than a long leisurely breakfast with the weekend papers and a couple of cups of coffee. Me and just about every other parent in Melbourne I suspect. Of course these days if I'm lucky if I get to see the paper in short bursts in either the office  or toilet at home. Um hang on that last part might be a little bit of an over share, especially on a food blog but what the hell it's true. Today was a little different in as much as I did get half and hour with the newspapers while one child was napping and the other was busy with his first Kung Fu Panda experience. Shame they were last weeks.
MENU: Blueberry pancakes with butter and honey, coffee, last weeks weekend papers

Thursday, February 16, 2012

day 46

Foraged Fair breakfast. Had the good fortune to happen on an wildly unkempt peach tree in the neighborhood as we cruised the back alleys looking for overhang. Usually people around here cover their peaches in net to keep both urban grafters and birds at bay but this one was free!!! I loaded up the bottom of the pram while also being respectful and leaving a good ten or so for the owners and other would be foragers. Unbelievably good, as were the nectarines i'd picked up under similar circumstances a few days earlier. Also tried out rice syrup as a pourable alternative to honey. Perfect viscosity, but a little like pouring liquid malt on your breakfast, SHUDDER. Definitely a cooking only proposition.

MENU: mountain muesli with fresh raspberries, bio dynamic yoghurt, brown rice syrup, poached foraged peaches and nectarines.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

day 45

MENU: organic bananas, honey, and tahini on Dench grain sourdough, coffee

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

day 44

Valentines breakfast for one. So it's back to work today and already I've started with the muffin and coffee take out combo. This time it's from my old high street haunt Palomino on my way back from an 8am doctors appointment for the littlest Larobina. Thankfully he's AOK. As was this breakfast.
MENU: soy latte, ginger and date muffin

Monday, February 13, 2012

Radio killed the video star breakfast. Today's breakfast was eaten in the car on the way to do my monthly craftiverse with my HML partner in crime Ramona on RRR's Grapevine. Did an all nighter with tag team toddler wake ups. Of course, because today I had to be organised and up early. My crafting compadre described this breakfast as sad. Can't say I disagree with her.
MENU: Dench grain sourdough, avocado, coffee;

Sunday, February 12, 2012

day 43

Another by request breakfast. Max in mad for these big assed heavy pancakes. I load them up with chia seeds, LSA, buckwheat, banana and blueberries so he get's a helluva health kick while thinking that he's eating something so delicious it must be kind of naughty. Not that I believe in Naughty food - unless of course it starts back chatting me during preparation.
MENU: buckwheat and blueberry pancakes with butter and maple syrup, coffee

Saturday, February 11, 2012

day 42

I got nothing breakfast. Drained of all but the energy it took to cook this for breakfast. Desperately hoping that it puts back some of whatever my life is sucking out at the moment.
MENU: Parmesan scrambled eggs on rocket and natural tucker sesame sourdough with chives and tomato chutney.

Friday, February 10, 2012

day 41

Easy being green breakfast. I realised this morning that the likely reason i'm so hung up on breakfast is because it's the only thing I regularly do to please myself. I'm not sure if this is a good or tragic revelation.
MENU: natural tucker sesame sourdough with avocado, Danish feta, parsley and lemon juice. Oh and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

day 40

French connection breakfast. So bored with the tiredness of teething, as bored as you are all with reading about it, but at least I know it passes quickly, so we'll all be able to move back to things more interesting like what I watched on the teev while eating soon enough.Yesterday at Finn's check-up the mother-craft nurse said today that ideally there should be no first children only second, because everything is so much easier second time around. I completely concur, but I digress. Back to breakfast - I really wanted something hot and savoury this morning because it was cold (so cold we actually put the heater on to warm up the house, crazy)  but there was only one egg and rubbish packet bread left over from my other half's BLT weekend specials. So what was I to do but turn to french toast. Thankfully we still had a solitary banana doing time in the fruit basket, so I was able to go with the walnut, banana and maple version of french toast which is my new favourite. Without getting all masterchef and talking about the nuts really adding another layer of texture, the nuts really do add another layer of texture to what otherwise can be a bit of a one note dish. especially when you get them coated in a little crunchy burnt brown sugar. Totally satisfying, and almost covered the fact that bread wasn't real.
MENU: cinnamon french toast with fried banana, walnuts and maple syrup, coffee

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

day 39

Same old same old breakfast. Absolutely Nothing to report.
MENU: poached nectarines, mountain museli, biodynamic yoghurt, rice malt.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

day 38

YUM, big protein hit needed to pull through after another long night awake with sick bub. Thank god he's number two because at least I realise that he'll be better soon and all this bleary eyed and blank brain will end. In the meantime better power up the batteries with another oversize coffee. Yes barrista* that will be a triple shot.
MENU: dench light rye sourdough with avocado, poached free range eggs, and chives.
* and when I say Barrista, of course I mean me.

Monday, February 6, 2012

day 37

Trifecta breakfast. Melbourne is currently doing it's best to flummox even the most seasoned of seasonal dressers by turning on a different season each day. As a result everyone in the house is now either sniffling, coughing, sneezing or complaining. Summer colds, such fun. Today's breakfast is making nods to this by including anti-oxidant, cough suppressant, vitamin boosting and indeed stay awake ingredients in an attempt to cover all the bases and keep me upright while the rest of the crew stays cranky and bed bound. Less than convinced it will work but what the hell, anything's worth trying at this point.
MENU: bagels, avocado, coffee, fruit salad of oranges, grapefruit and blueberries.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

day 36

Breakfast for two. House husband has man flu and 'could not be disturbed' so Maxwell and I left him and the baby and scooted (literally) down to Foxy Brown for a bit of breakfast for me and morning tea for Max. They do a great granola here that I keep trying to replicate at home, without success. Maybe it's time to just bite the bullet and ask if they'll either give me the recipe or make it up in bags for me to buy in bulk. Super windy and super hot today and Max chose the table right next to the open kitchen so noisy and bacony as well.
MY MENU: granola with berries, pears, yoghurt, coffee.
MAX'S MENU: banana and chocolate muffin, chino and three thomas books.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

day 35

Badly Behaved Breakfast. So the result of a lack of sleep turns out to be a lack of respect for the other people I co-habit with. Ouch and apologies to all. Mummy promises to do better tomorrow. The only thing (apart from a mid morning nap) I could think of to right the situation was to go back to basics and the bagel. And you know what, it has perked me up no end. Lucky I bought a six pack.
MENU: Glicks poppy-seed bagel, avocado, Murray pink salt, cherries, coffee.

Friday, February 3, 2012

day 34

Eggs eleven. Thank god a little more sleep, although nowhere near enough. I know all mothers of children under five talk about is sleep or the lack of it but seriously people it's ALL we care about - even if no-one else does. Anyway, yet another three year old request for breakfast "mummy I want to try a lovely egg please" how could I refuse? You can tell I'm sleep deprived because I didn't even twig that this translates to "oh look eggs in the fridge I want one, oh look Thomas is on TV I've forgotten all about eggs and will refuse them as soon as they're on my plate". No matter, at least he used good manners while asking for them.
MENU: cheesy scrambled eggs on Dench grain sourdough with rocket, avocado and tomato chutney.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

day 33

Once, twice, three times at breakfast. Things started badly, sick baby, no sleep, big meeting in morning. I could barely open my eyes and stuff something in my mouth before leaving home. Very dissatisfied with my appalling attempt at breaking my fast so decided to try again at breakfast to see if I could manage to fill the enormous void left after the night sitting up in bed comforting snotty son.
MENU: banana, rooibos tea

So over to my favorite creperie for the mushroom crepe and coffee. Good but no cigar, still felt like death and barely coherent. What to do? Why not give it another crack - third times a charm as they say.
MENU: spinach, field mushroom and tallegio crepe, coffee.

So on to breakfast number three at meeting number two at mixed business in Clifton Hill on the way home - and at last we have a winner.  Two more coffees and a coddled egg and I'm finally starting to string a sentence together. Praying to the gods of sleep tonight or people are going to start thinking I'm "Winning".
MENU: coddled egg with silverbeet, Dench sourdough grain bread and something else sprinkled on top which I've forgotten, coffee.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

day 32

I'm so bored by this breakfast. chew chew chew.
MENU: yellow poached peaches, mountain muesli, honey yoghurt, soy milk.