Bun in the Oven

foodie adventure though conception and beyond

Breakfast Burrito:

I find it difficult to get excited about breakfast which is dry and comes in a box. I do have a wonderful Super fruit granola that I have on a regular basis, but sometime you just need a hot breakfast to kick start your day.

What you need;

Wholewheat tortilla wrap

3 eggs

splash of skimmed milk

1/4 red onion

5 cherry tomatoes

1/4 red or yellow pepper

1 tsp sweet paprika

Salt and pepper

Slice the onion and peeper, and quarter the tomatoes. Add to a hot dry pan, and “fry” until tomatoes and onions a start to soften.

Add the paprika, and “fry” until it seems ready, (It should be gooey and soft).

Meanwhile make your scrambled eggs, I do this with a splash of milk in with the whisked eggs. Into a warm pan, and keep it moving until it is a loose consistency. Take off heat, and season. Put tortilla in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm.

Place the tomato and onion mix on the tortilla, and then the eggs, fold into a pocket and serve!

This is such a satisfying breakfast and takes about 5 minutes to prepare!

Bliss

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Cocktails

I love a good drink. So much so that when I married my husband, we got married in Britain’s Oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame in Faversham Kent. We even had our own wedding ale for our guests to drink.

One of my favourite things apart from drinking was cooking with the stuff. I love making steak and ale pies, cider braised pig cheeks with asparagus, Porter sundae (dark chocolate and porder sorbet topped with porter frozen yogurt with chocolate chunks), and good wholesome stews such as venison and bramble stout. So giving up eating and drinking alcohol has been a bit daunting. I love my beer, I love my gin and whisky, so finding a replacement in the glass – and the kitchen – is going to be a challenge. But there are a fab range of juices and cordials out there which, along with sparking water or tonic in place of alcohol, can be amazing. Mixed together into a super non-boozy cocktail, you will feel special on those occasions when you would most miss a drink. 

Jazzy Juice; 

100ml Innocent Apple juice

100ml Fever tree Ginger Ale

20ml Belvoir Ginger Cordial

Serve with a fresh mint leaf.

Tangerine Sunrise;

1. Pour a nice glass of your favourite orange juice; Mine is Innocent Smooth orange juice.

2. Pour 20ml of Belvoir Spiced Winter Berry through the orange, and it should sink to the bottom, as it is heavier. Do not stir!

Citrus sparkler;

This is totally my favourite at the moment. It feels special. It is a perfect replacement for champagne and is so simple to make!

20ml Belvoir Lime and Lemongrass Cordial

200ml Diet tonic water

Chopped fresh mint

I will publish more recipes for scrummy cocktails in future posts, but for the time being, enjoy!

* I must point out that I bought all products with my own money, and am not affiliated with any companies mentioned.

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Tea

The myth that a cup of tea contains the same amount of caffeine as coffee is untrue. It can be explained by the fact that one kilo of dry black tea and one kilo of dry coffee contain similar amounts of caffeine, but a kilo of tea will make over three times the amount of brewed tea compared to coffee. Therefore a cup of tea contains about a third of the caffeine in an average cup of filtered coffee.

I have always loved my coffee. I have a very nice coffee machine, and it has long been my morning routine to make myself a strong, sweet, full of flavour coffee. The thought of giving it up was originally an horrific one, but the more I have read about the benefits of teas, the more I have tasted, the more interesting I have found it.

I love the rich, smoothness of coffee, the intenseness of flavour and the silky feel on my mouth. You can also find this within Stout and Dark chocolate. Unfortunately I also cannot drink stout, as it alcoholic, and that is definitely a no-no. But a little bit of Dark, organic, fair trade chocolate is allowed. But remember, it also has caffeine in it, so you must take that into account. Approximately 50g equals 50mg of caffiene.

The other option of course is decaffeinated coffee. I was surprised to discover that a standard mug contains 15mg of caffeine! It seems that it is very difficult to totally avoid caffeine, even though there are alternatives to be had.

The safe level of caffeine consumption during pregnancy is a matter of argument among experts. It ranges from no caffeine all the way up to 300mg per day. A standard cup of instant coffee is about 100mg and black tea is between 15-40mg. I have decided to limit myself to 3 cups of tea a day, which means at a maximum my caffeine intake should be no more then 120mg. I am aiming to keep below 200mg, but this should not be difficult.

Caffeine content compared with coffee

  • One mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • One mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • One mug of builders tea: 75mg
  • One can of cola: 40mg
  • One can of energy drink: 80mg
  • One 50g bar of plain (dark) chocolate: around 50mg
  • One 50g bar of milk chocolate: around 25mg
  • One mug of decaffeinated coffee; 15mg

Types of teas;

Black teas; Black teas get their characteristic flavour and colour from a natural oxidation process, which follows initial drying and rolling of the leaves after they have been picked. Black teas include Earl grey, black flavoured teas, lapsing soughing ( a intensely smoky tea) and Chai.

Blue teas; Blue teas are essentially between green tea (0% oxidized) and Black tea (100% oxidized). They fall from 10% to 70% oxidization, giving them a large range of flavors and processing methods. Oolongs are complicated and sophisticated teas, with a large spectrum of tastes, aftertastes and smells.

Green teas; Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves which are simply heated after picking to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation. They are then rolled to release their flavour. Green teas are sweet and contain many of the vitamins and antioxidant properties of the fresh green tea leaf, making them highly regarded as a healthy, fragrant and delicious drink.

White teasWhite teas are less processed and are naturally lower in caffeine. Teas include; White Peony which is one silvery new leaf bud surrounded by a cluster of tiny silvery-green leaves; a pale yellow liquor and a soft, sweet flavour with a hint of nuttiness. White teas are less processed and are naturally lower in caffeine.

Ice teas; I have found many of the fruit flavoured teas are really nice as iced teas. I sweeten with a bit of honey, and allow to cool. I then throw some ice into my smooth maker (though a blender works just as well) and pour in the strained tea. Then whizz it all up and you have a fab crushed iced tea which is best enjoyed in the garden. This can also be done with Chai tea with milk quite nicely, and a little maple syrup.

Herbal teas; Made purely of herbs and spices, not leaves from the tea plant. Please read labels, and double check the herbs, as some, such as raspberry leaf should only be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy, and others which should not be taken at all by pregnant women.

Over the next few weeks I will review some of my favourite teas and add links so you can try them too.

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