I like to start my day with a bang. For some this might mean chucking kettle weights for an hour at the gym, but for me – no surprise here – it means sitting down to a tasty breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a froufrou breakfast – mimosas with a side of Nutella-stuffed crepes, say (although I certainly wouldn’t turn it down) – but I do like putting some thought into what I eat and making it enjoyable, even if it’s something simple. This means giving the proverbial hand to liquid meal replacements, instant oatmeal, packaged breakfast bars and other convenience products designed to make life easier (OK, I’ll make an exception for the odd toaster waffle). I gotta do breakfast right or I’ll be out of whack for the rest of the day.
Normally I stick to my old standards in the morning, like oatmeal with flax meal and dried fruit mixed in, and topped with almond milk. But from time to I like to break from routine and experiment a little. That’s how my breakfast lentil bowl was born. Taking a cue from Nuts Over Oats and Emmy Cooks I’ve recently started jazzing up my morning oatmeal using savoury ingredients like tomatoes, fresh herbs and cheese. I’ve also been switching things up in the toast department. Like oatmeal, toast is something of an edible canvas. While there’s something to be said for the delicious simplicity of toast with jam, sometimes it’s nice to get fancy and try out more unusual flavour combinations.
I regularly eat toast with avocado and honey, but when I recently threw some blue cheese into the mix the whole thing was taken to the next level. And when I tried it with manuka honey – a darker of honey with the added advantage of having antibacterial properties – suddenly what I had on my hands wasn’t toast but something far more mystical! The buttery texture of the avocado combined with the pungent saltiness of the blue cheese and the richness of the manuka honey really make for a mouth full of awesome. I highly recommend you try it.
Question: Are you a breakfast person or can you go without? For the breakfast eaters, do you typically go for something sweet or savoury?
Recipe: Avocado, Blue Cheese and Manuka Honey on Whole Grain Toast
Makes 2 servings
- 2 slices whole grain bread, I like Silver Hills (or your choice of gluten free bread)
- A bit of butter or margarine
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 drizzles of Manuka honey (or your choice of honey)
Toast your bread. Lightly butter each piece of toast then top with sliced avocado and crumbled blue cheese. Finish with a drizzle of honey. Eat!