Hello and welcome to Sunday morning, where the food is delicious and the tunes will have you dancing around the kitchen like you’re in a romantic comedy.
On this week’s menu, we have a feta and chorizo frittata from the wonderfully talented Cider With Rosie (plus a couple of ideas with what you can do with any leftover chorizo, if leftover chorizo exists in your house). It’s super easy and quick to make, plus it’s nutritious and filling and full of protein and whatever. You can find the recipe here.
And while you’re frying up a storm, throw on the soundtrack from Chef (which if you haven’t watched yet, you should probably get on ASAP). Loaded with hot Latin tunes, we’ve got £100 on you shaking your tatas round the kitchen in no time.
We’re going full Americana today. We’re basically transforming our life into an episode of Riverdale (but with less murders, obvs), so throw on your varsity jacket and let’s get cracking.
Step one: cook up some of these buttermilk blueberry waffles by the talented Joy the Baker. She’s such a pro at brunch, she’s written the book on it. Literally. Her new book Over Easy is dedicated entirely to brunch (it’s the most important meal of the day, we’ve heard).
Step two: you could serve them with bacon… but how about some Haim? The band with the best hair in the biz has a new release, Want You Back – check it out for some serious smalltown folksy vibes.
Step three: re-watch the entire series of Riverdale for clues, while we wait for the new season to air. Perfect Sunday.
posted May 3, 2017 by Lucy Wood
They (whoever ‘they’ are) say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it can be the one that’s easiest to skip. Dry toast, soggy cereal or a slightly soft apple aren’t exactly the most appealing options… but did you know that as well as looking great on Instagram, a good brekkie is VITAL for boosting your brain power?
With exam season just around the corner, it’s time to start making your morning meal count by mixing up your recipes to a) be way more delicious and exciting, and b) include a few genius ingredients that could help keep you full and focused all day long.
Stuff like nuts, seeds, berries and veggies might not sound as appetising as a giant bowl of Coco Pops, but just wait ’til you see these five awesome recipes that are about to TOTALLY change your breakfast game.
1. All things avocado
Tacos for breakfast? Yep, dreams really do come true. And aside from the fluffy, soft tortilla, crispy bacon, fried eggs and melted cheese, a mega helping of avocado on top is where the brain boosting powers come into play.
Every organ in your body – and especially your brain – is reliant on blood flow, and the monounsaturated fats in avocados are brill for enhancing and increasing that. They’ll fire up your brain cells at super speeds, and their potassium will also help to lower your blood pressure when you’re stressed.
Smoothies can be a pretty unsatisfying breakfast that’ll only leave you hungry as hell a couple of hours later. No one needs hunger distractions when they’re trying to revise, so instead opt for a smoothie’s epic upgrade sibling, the smoothie bowl.
Perfect for summer, smoothie bowls are creamy, cold, thick and filling, but it’s the berries you chuck on top which really provide the good stuff. Blueberries are uhmazing for your brain – studies have shown they can boost concentration and memory for up to five hours, as their antioxidants stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain to keep you switched on.
Is this real life? Breakfast pizza is actually a thing that exists, and providing you don’t go and whack a load of pepperoni on top, it can actually be a pretty healthy option for your body and your brain.
Broccoli is the best possible topping you can opt for (and it goes seriously well with some runny egg yolks). It’s packed with vitamin K, which can help improve your cognitive abilities, as well as a chemical called sulforaphane which research shows could actually help the brain repair itself.
Told you that breakfast could be great. Anything involving chocolate is great. Just make sure that it’s dark chocolate you’re opting for when it comes to topping your brekkie. It contains a (very) small amount of caffeine which can heighten your mental alertness, along with magnesium to help de-stress – and if you’re a serious chocoholic, will even release endorphins to make you feel good.
These chocolate protein pancakes are a pretty genius invention as they’ll also provide you with long lasting, slow release energy to keep working hard, and you can top them with berries for extra brain boosting nutrients. Coco PROPS.
5. Overnight oats, obvs
Compared to piles of chocolate pancakes and breakfast tacos, overnight oats might sound like the boring option – but actually, they’re what you make ‘em. First off, they’re a handy choice as (just like the name suggests) you make them the night before, which gives you an extra precious 15 minutes in bed.
They’re also the perfect recipe for cramming in as much brain-boosting food as you possibly can. Oats themselves provide a slow and steady boost in blood sugar for sustained brain power, but the extra treats you can mix with ’em are where it really makes a difference.
Berries are an obvious choice, but how about bananas, raisins, fruit or nuts and seeds, which are full of vitamin E, antioxidants and amino acids to jump-start your focus. Flax seeds and chia seeds are also brill – all the magnesium, vitamins, fatty acids and fibre you could ever need.
Happy Easter, gang! May the sun shine, the lambs frolic and chocolate rain down upon you all.
But first: breakfast. And while sure, the really traditional Easter Sunday breakfast is half a Cadbury’s egg with maybe a Malteser bunny to wash it down, we thought maybe this year we’d be classy and wait a couple of hours before kicking off the choc binge. And let’s remember that while chocolate tends to hog the spotlight, there are other carbs to get excited about too. We’re talking buns, hun.
So what could be a better way to kick off proceedings than with a few rounds of hot cross bun French toast? Basically nothing. Those spicy, squidgy buns’ days are numbered now, so enjoy them while you can… preferably dipped in eggy custard and fried, then topped with bacon and apple compote, as in this recipe from A Duck’s Oven. Sit down and savour, with a bunny-themed soundtrack courtesy of Florence + The Machine’s Rabbit Heart LP.
And NOW you can eat chocolate. Happy egg-hunting, chicks.
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