Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Breakfast by request. Max insisted on pancakes this morning, I happily obliged... after all you know my feelings on maple syrup, its a little like my love of cream, the carrier is just that, a vehicle to justify the consumption of either. This morning I took a leaf out of my clever sister's kid friendly cookbook and added soaked chia seeds and LSA to the batter. Genius, super healthy, great texture and the nutty flavour definitely added something special. I'll be doing that again. I was also well chuffed with the crema on my coffee. All round a top points breakfast.
MENU: super extra banana and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, coffee
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Better. Yesterday was a HELL DAY, sick as a dog all day looking after both kids in sweltering heat while in-house architect/renovator was under the house re-doing wiring for wall mounting television. First world problems. Thank God mum and dad pitched in to help with the wrangling of kids, the feeding of wires and knocking on floors trying to find said renovator. Today I'm trying out new crockery from my secret store. LOVE the new coffee bowl almost as much as the Mountain Muesli, which I am awarding 3.75 Neil Diamonds. I do believe we have a legitimate fall-back front-runner for the weeks we can't afford the award winning yet budget busting Brookfarm. How excellent, my accountant* will be pleased.
MENU: Aldi Goldenvale Mountain Muesli, organic blueberry yoghurt, dried cranberries, coffee.
*when I say accountant of course I mean the in-house architect/renovator, whose idea of a luxury breakfast is a bowl of Nutrigrain.
Friday, January 27, 2012
HOT HOT HOT. BURP! It's a beautiful scorching morning... summer has finally re-arrived and we're all in recovery after the mega feast yesterday. I ate three lots of dessert last night - cheesecake, trifle and chocolate pear cake so really I the last thing I should be doing is carb loading right now. Yet here I am with toast. AGAIN.
MENU: natural tucker sesame sourdough, avocado, coffee.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
bonza, you beaut. Its the highly contentious Australia Day today, which I actually like to call Invasion Day for reasons too obvious to mention. I could go on about the lack of real self reflection and overindulgence of lamb, rhetoric and racism masquerading as national price that has become this day of back slapping but many others have done it much more eloquently than I so I won't. I will however take the goodwill and public holiday and get on with our own now traditional Clarke street BBQ with grace, good humor and an open door policy. There will be lots of un-Australian things like tofu and freekeh alongside the obligatory lamb, so I just need to power up with some coffee and muesli this morning. There will also no doubt also be at least one PAVLOVA which makes everyone happy, even a cantankerous old bird like me.
MENU: Aldi's toasted mountain muesli, fresh white nectarines, bio dynamic honey yoghurt, coffee.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Today promises to be a pretty weird one, too many mismatched activities (somewhat like this breakfast) and the pressure of getting ready for a big barbie tomorrow. AND MAN ITS HOT! (unlike this breakfast).
MENU: seedless sultana grapes, cherries, old school natural tucker sesame sourdough (remember when they were the only alternative bakery in town), avocado with sumac, and coffee.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Better late than never. A rare treat, a sleeping baby, an episode of the trip and fresh farm eggs. I saved the last episode of The Trip to watch alone, in the quiet, at my leisure. I often do this, I don't particularly like sharing my favorite 'entertainment' things with others unless they are as maniacally in love with them as I am. Other televisual and filmy things I just like saving. like the last episode of Buffy, which I still haven't watched (sorry Pen I still have the DVDs) and random movies (just as Ramona the list is LOOOOONG) . I don't quite know why I do this but there you have it, another idiosyncratic behavioural twitch outed.
MENU: organic cornbread, scrambled eggs, 'outback tomato' chutney, avocado, orange juice.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Muesli as metaphor: Watched that new 'highly anticipated comedy' New Girl with Zooey Deschanel last night. I like her and her sister and Bones is definitely a guilty pleasure at ours. But seriously people this was awkwardly un-good. And maybe i'm a cranky old feminist but something was a bit off and I don't just mean the timing. Sure, all the ingredients were there, and it ostensibly was what it said it would be on the packet. But do I want to watch it again. ah no. Just like this muesli. Today is round two and while it improved somewhat with the addition of dried cranberries, IT STILL tastes like a cross between horse feed and cardboard packaging. So it will be straight into the biscuit making barrel for you my inappropriately named friend. And no more New Girl.
MENU: REAL GOOD FOOD muesli, poached white nectarines, dried cranberries, honey yoghurt, soy milk
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Sweltering morning = fruit salad breakfast. You could put toasted coconut on pretty much anything and I'd eat it. Must have been all the toasted marshmallows from Darrel Lea I ate as a child. Anyhoo, no doubt most of today will be spent dodging my garden hose wielding three year old so I'd best power up with a decent breakfast.
MENU: cherries, white nectarines, yellow peaches, flame seedless grapes, toasted shredded coconut, coffee
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Another day another museli, REAL GOOD FOOD wheat free museli. Well if you ask me that title is a little presumptuous - I'll be the judge of whether it is indeed REAL GOOD thank you very much. I meant to pick up the granola version but to my dismay when I got home I realised i'd picked up the oven roasted museli instead. Blerk. Horse food.
MENU: Real Good Food wheat free oven roasted museli, poached yellow peaches and white nectarines, real yoghurt.
RATING: one Neil Diamond - will probably go straight into the biscuit making pile with all the other fails.
Friday, January 20, 2012
I'm still not convinced muffins are anything but glorified cupcakes, despite knowing the butter vs. oil etc arguments. That said i'm totally into cake for breakfast, especially when it's filled with fresh blueberries. And yes that blue mug is a giant vat of coffee. It was a long night last night. Thank god I woke up early, checked face bag and saw that my friend Peters had posted this. Now I have cake, coffee and the little purple man wiping the floor with his freaky genius. PERFECT start to the day.
MENU: freshly baked blueberry 'muffins', coffee, prince.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Just peachy. Apologies that was appalling. Haven't had coffee yet so my wit setting hasn't been activated. White peaches are a particular favourite of mine, and in season so i've been eating truckloads. However seeing as we reverted back to winter this morning after the heatwave of the last couple of days (go Melbourne) I decided on poached rather than plain. Which turned out an excellent choice. Totally delicious. Still unsure about the soy yoghurt, I want to like it but it's just not that great. Bit like a Prius really.
MENU: last of the morpeth museli, poached white peaches, soy yoghurt, honey.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Well I reminded myself today that it is possible to make kick ass vegan* pancakes and still feel like you've eaten a vat of butter. Which is good because the last thing my mid section needs at the moment is a vat of butter.
MENU: vegan whole wheat pancakes with maple glazed bananas, blueberries and coffee.
*I was a vegan for a long time before I met my cheese loving Italian house husband nearly a decade ago. In the spirit of new years resolutions I decided to revisit my vegan cooking exploits as much as possible throughout 2012, except for the time I tried to make croissants with nuttlex. ahem.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Its now night time, and a long time since I ate what's above. It was hot today. To be honest I cant really recall breakfast much beyond there being screaming kids, the building of a crashing train track in the sand pit and me embarrassingly having to be told I was having a temper tantrum by my 3 year old. Not my fault the stupid bloody stupid shit head bits don't fucking go together properly when they're coated in sand. Oh yes, now its coming back to me that's why I was cranky, I'd made a delicious breakfast but by the time I sat down to eat it it was COLD AGAIN. Thank god the rest of the day went a little smoother.
MENU: Dench multi-grain sourdough, cheesy scrambled eggs with chives from the garden, tomato jam and avocado.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
No excuses, piggy breakfast. The fruit a small nod toward healthy eating but really its all about the maple syrup. As you can see. Excellent text conversation over breakfast re Game of Thrones has left me with this to say: plusses - excellent production values, tip top cast, gorgeous scenery, on the negatives however - clunky dialogue, lame assed lady character development and totally crapola dye jobs. Still I'm watching all of it, and loving it because truth be known I'm never happier than when I'm surrounded by gloomy castles, windy moors, clashing swords and muddy hemlines. There, now it's out.
MENU: banana pancakes with mango, strawberries and maple syrup. LOTS of maple syrup.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Fibre Plus (no not the cereal although that may get a look in later in the year) to help cleanse away the sins of yesterday. And yes Oops. Its not that I forget to post breakfast yesterday more that I was too busy with small people and flat pack furniture to find a moment to get to the computer. Still I did have breakfast. A make up breakfast if you will. Hopefully I will remember that truckloads of cream, sugar and coffee do not make for a pleasant 'family day' despite how enjoyable their consumption.
MENU: cantaloupe, cherries, sourdough with avocado and sumac.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Last day of relative freedom before the descent into chaos as i'm beset by both boys instead of just one. I'd like to say I was having a breakfast of champions or champignons even. But its museli, fruit and yoghurt again. I still haven't warmed to this Morpeth caper, despite matchings with multiple topping options. And it's too expensive. But I have devised a rating system for my search for the perfect granola. Instead of stars I'll be awarding Neil Diamonds. Why should be obvious.
MENU: poached organic white nectarines, Morpeth museli, bio-dynamic sheeps yoghurt. Nectarines genius, museli -2 1/2 Neil Diamonds.
Who stole summer? Freezing this morning, hot breakfast called for. Something a little 'gor-mette' as I'll be catching up with Coogan again and watching episode three of The Trip while eating it. I know eating and watching TV is verboten but seriously whoever said that didn't have two children under four to contend with. My life is multi-tasking.
MENU: Brunetti's Casalinga cinnamon french toast with banana, toasted pecans and maple syrup. Ridiculously good.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Yawn, its 5.30 am and I'm ravenous. Unfortunately the house full of slumbering monsters I co-habit with will no doubt awaken if I get out the pots and pans and start whipping up waffles. Which is what I really feel like eating. Instead I've got a quarter of a cantaloupe and a cup of rooibos tea. At least I've got a good book to read.
MENU: cantaloupe, tea.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Last night * Jimmy Smits and I snuck off for a joint in the backyard treehouse only to discover that Ron Perlman and Vince Neil had commandeered the clubhouse. Jimmy was even starting to make googly eyes until Marisa Tomei turned up. Marisa bloody Tomei. Ah yes, ahem, I think even Dr's Freud and Jung would chalk that one up to the Roquefort.
MENU: Faux Bircher Museli with stewed Rhubarb and biodynamic bush honey yoghurt.
* yes people I was dreaming.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Not exactly what I had planned but after i'd read three Thomas books and built a cubby house come Tidmouth sheds for the 3 yr old my breakfasting window was closing fast. Slightly higher rating for the Morpeth museli today. Got loads of dried cherries in this serve - vast improvement on the last two bowlfulls... we might be onto something here.
MENU: Morpeth Sourdough bakery museli with blueberries and biodynamic bush honey yoghurt. Large soy latte on the side. Bowl from my secret 100 Yen shop.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dreamt I was trading quips and googly eyes with Steve Coogan last night. It has left me in a strangely ponderous mood which is not altogether unpleasant. Am thinking that the combination of my school girl desire for out of my league bad boys mixed with the ten Peppa Pig books I had to read the 3 year old last night made for an excellent evenings entertainment.
MENU: avocado bagel with coffee and fresh juice (beetroot, pineapple, pear, orange, carrot, apple) satisfying - although not as much as the dream.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Much better sleep and much better breakfast! Toddlers request for a Hungry Bears breakfast today and truth be told mama's as well. Feels like a guilty pleasure, but only I can see how much butter is sandwiched between that short stack.
MENU: buckwheat banana and coconut pancakes with butter, maple syrup and strawberries.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Weird morning, very little sleep last night - seven month old teething. Nuff Said. Sigh. Very early and very little inspiration for creating something both good looking and good for me. Breakfast today is mere fuel. That and the vat of strong coffee that will accompany it. Having another crack at the Morpeth Granola - unconvinced.
MENU: Morpeth Sourdough bakery oven baked mulitgrain museli with cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and organic blueberry yoghurt. It'll do.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
A new day and a new granola. This one served up in a very special black Kris Coad porcelain dish. I am a sucker for a good bowl, I have loads of single bowls I only eat certain things from. For a long time I had a blue Japanese bowl that was my favorite and I ate everything from it. Then I found myself in a new workplace surrounded by kick ass ceramics I clearly couldn't live without. It's a weird obsession i'll grant you.
MENU: Morpeth Sourdough Bakery oven baked berry multigrain museli, with strawberries, blueberries, and biodynamic bush honey yoghurt. Quite good.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Went scrounging the urban orchards yesterday and found plums, figs and the last of the apricots. We are very lucky to live in such an old school Greek/Italian neighborhood with plenty of well established trees and loads of variety. This year i'm keeping track of who has what and when it's coming into season so I know whose door to knock on come summer!
MENU: Fresh Figs and golden plums followed by organic sourdough with Jarlsburg and tomato.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
So here we are again recording the first meal of the day, much to the amusement of my nearest and dearest. Only this time i'm actually trying to look beyond the bagel and find me some new favorites and familiar fall backs. And the perfect granola.
MENU: the last of Miss Pen Pen's Xmas Chaff, fresh blueberries and vanilla yoghurt. Big assed cup of coffee and a couple of apricots off the tree. Not a bad start to the year.