Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Strawberry Mornings

September 23, 2013

strawberry mornings

I’m newly back in Sydney after 3 months in North America, and am enjoying slow mornings sitting on the back lawn with my cat.  Breakfasts are not only slow, but easy – pot set yoghurt with fresh pear or strawberries and some syrup that I made to have with soda water, but that is just too tasty to dilute and waste in a drink.

While I was away my local cafe Cornersmith opened up a new space on Illawarra Road, offering fresh local produce and cheese making classes run by Kristen Allan.  Kristen’s pot set yoghurt is for sale in the Cornersmith Picklery for $10 a jar and it was that trembly just-set tart opacity that begged me to pour homemade strawberry-basil syrup over my breakfast a few mornings ago.  I’m glad I did.

Strawberry Basil Syrup (adapted from the kitchn)

2 punnets strawberries, trimmed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
1 cup sugar

Blitz strawberries with a bamix or blender wand.  Press through sieve to remove seeds.  Measure resulting juice into a cup, topping up with water to measure one cup if necessary.  Pour juice into a small saucepan with lemon juice, basil, and sugar.

Heat mixture over medium heat until boiling.  Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Remove basil leaves and pour into a clean jar.

Can be added to soda water, poured on top of yoghurt or ice cream or eaten with cake.  Nom.

easy grains

February 18, 2010

I’m trying to be kind to myself at the moment.   I’m busy, despite my best intentions, and am slowly realising that I really need to learn to take my time over those small, everyday things… instead of rushing around all the time.  Old, bad habits die hard.

My sister Claire has made this muesli for years.  And I have started making it recently, too.  I know that some people sit and drink a cup of tea in the morning and take their time over breakfast, but it has never been something that I’ve been good at.  But I am trying!

Caramel Muesli (for want of a better name)

Mix in a big, microwaveable bowl…

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup rolled barley
½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
½ cup chopped nuts (almonds, cashew nuts and hazelnuts are all good!)
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup wheatgerm
¼ cup oatbran

In a smaller microwaveable bow, mix…

4 Tablespoons of runny honey
2 Tablespoons of oil
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
and a little bit of salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon etc etc

Zap the liquid ingredients in the microwave for 1 minute until bubbly.  Then pour over the mixed dry ingredients and stir.

Microwave the muesli for 4 minutes. Stir.

Microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring after each, until the muesli is golden (usually about 7-9 minutes in total).

As it cools it will firm up and go crunchy.  When you pour milk on it, it turns the milk to caramel.  Mmmmm.

(Did I mention all indredients are negotiable?  Try different grains and nuts… I’d be interested to hear your awesome combos!)