Next week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week, so I for one will be making the effort to enjoy a nutritious breakfast each day, and in the spirit of the event, will be tweeting my breakfasts too. And to celebrate, I thought I'd do a round up of some of my favourite breakfast ideas, from the blog. Be warned, though, not all of them are healthy - but let's face it - you're not going to be eating choc chip muffins every day for breakfast, are you?
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1. Poor Knights of Windsor (or Posh Eggy Bread)
Sweet and creamy on the inside and crisp on the outside... this tastes a bit like an instant jam doughnut - perfect for a slow weekend breakfast treat.
2. Full English Pasties
You might not want to be rolling pastry and making these full English-inspired pasties at seven o' clock in the morning, but make a batch the night before and grab one as you go out the door to work. You can always heat it up later or just eat it cold.
3. Nutella Porridge
My youngest daughter's invention, when she asked for Nutella on her porridge. It's good, and now we all eat it for breakfast at some point when we're bored of the usual honey or sugar. Oats are very good for you too, with reputed health benefits including increasing your sex drive and helping with depression - and they'll also keep you going until lunch.
4. Chorizo Baked Eggs
Eggs and chorizo taste great together; the salty, smoky sausage and the rich egg. Take yours out of the oven a bit earlier than I did so it's still runny. Great for feeding lots of people as everyone can have their own ramekin and it takes very little effort from you.
5. Nigella's Eggs in Purgatory
Nigella says these are a great breakfast the morning after a little over-indulgence but I've found they're a great breakfast for any day. I like to drop the girls off to school and then come back and eat this, while catching up on the news, straight from the frying pan.
6. French Toast Style Crumpets with Maple Syrup
These are really quick to make, just dip crumpets in vanilla-scented egg for the French Toast treatment. The picture says it all, really, doesn't it?
7. Raspberry and Lemon Ricotta Muffins
Lemon and raspberries are another great combination and perfect in these muffins. You can mix up the wet ingredients in a jug and the dry ingredients in the bowl the night before. Keep the jug in the fridge overnight and then wake up, mix the two together and bake. Gorgeous when still fresh from the oven.
8. Chocolate and Espresso Muffins
An adaptation from a classic Nigella recipe: a rich, espresso-scented choc-chip muffin. A great kick-start to the day.
9. Apple Cinnamon Whirls
These take a while, with rising and baking, but they're good for some Sunday morning baking if you're having a lazy morning. Drizzled with cinnamon icing, they're great with a big mug of coffee.
10. Black Pudding and Cabbage Potato Cake with Fried Egg
Crumble up some black pudding and mix into leftover mashed potato and cabbage to make these gorgeous potato cakes. Top with a runny fried egg and you've got yourself a real breakfast treat. One of my favourites (I often make extra mash and veggies just so I can make these the next day).
For more information on Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which is now in its 14th year, visit www.shakeupyourwakeup.com - and if you want to take a pic of your breakfast this week, upload it to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #BreakfastWatch to be in with a chance of winning either a five star luxury break for two, or a family 'glamping' stay at Featherdown Farm - visit the website for more details.
What's your favourite breakfast?