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Weekday breakfast ideas

During the working week, starting the day off with a healthy, filling breakfast is a must for me! Of course, it also needs to be something that doesn’t take too long! Here, I’ve shared my favourite breakfasts for weekday mornings…

Oatmeal/Porridge – topped with fresh blueberries, cinnamon and Manuka honey. Particularly nice on a cold, winter’s morning!

Tropical Smoothie – made with banana, frozen mango cubes, plain or Greek yogurt, protein powder (I use vanilla whey), almond milk, chia seeds, whole rolled oats. You can add honey for extra sweetness, if desired!

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Pancakes – if you have a little more time than usual. You can even make the batter the night before and cook them in the morning to save time!

Ingredients; 2 cups (246g) GF flour (I used half plain GF flour and half coconut flour) 2 tsp GF baking powder 1/2 tsp GF baking/bicarb soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup (248g) Dairy-Free yogurt (I used ‘Alpro soya plain with coconut’) 1 and 1/4 cups Dairy-Free coconut milk 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or canola oil or vegetable oil

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together until combined. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk yogurt, milk, eggs, and vanilla together. Whisk in oil. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine. 

Heat a griddle or skillet over a medium heat. I find if you have a good-quality non-stick skillet, you don’t really need to grease it. I usually cook about 3 pancakes at a time and use about 1/4 cup batter for each one.

Serve pancakes immediately with toppings of choice. I like either honey or maple syrup and then some fresh fruit!

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My Decadent Boston Brownies

It took me a long time to perfect this recipe! Even though brownies are one of those baked goods that most people can easily bake, I’ve also come across some bad ones (too dry…too cakey…too dense etc.).

Follow my recipe for easy, extra-chocolatey decadent brownies! Brownies are super versatile. You can play around with what chocolate chips you want to use…semi-sweet, extra dark, white…whatever! Or maybe you want to swirl in some peanut butter? Or M&M’s?! My recipe uses walnuts but you could substitute the walnuts with others nuts, e.g. macadamia nuts.

I find a lot of brownie recipes use a refined caster sugar. I prefer to use a dark soft brown sugar…this gives them a more ‘fudgy’ taste and make them super moist!

For a dinner party, I like to serve them with fresh crème Chantilly and raspberries!

Ingredients; 115g dark chocolate (I like to use a good-quality chocolate that’s 75% or above)
225g unsalted butter
4 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups soft dark brown sugar
1 cup plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips (I like to do half milk and half dark)
Icing sugar (optional)

Grease and line a rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 165°c.
Using a large heat-proof bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and add the sugar. Allow to cool slightly.

Using either a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, whisk the eggs and vanilla together until light and pale in colour. Gradually add to the cooled chocolate mix. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 20 – 25 minutes.

When the brownies are cool, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.

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The perfect way to spend a Sunday morning…

My answer? Food! There’s nothing better than going out for a bite to eat on a relaxing Sunday. Today, marks two weeks living in Calgary, Alberta and I’ve wasted no time trying out some of the favourite eateries here.

Nellie’s Cosmic Café – a neighbourhood favourite. So last Sunday I visited Nellie’s. A colourful, vintage diner. After being seated at a window booth, I was straight away greeted with a hot cup of coffee and a newspaper. Especially welcoming on a cold, winters day! I ordered the fresh blueberry pancakes. 

Nellie’s Cosmic Café

When my brunch arrived, I couldn’t help but think, ‘such typical American/Canadian portions!’ as I stared at the huge stack of fluffy pancakes. I generously poured maple syrup all over them and tucked in. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, they were delicious. Surprisingly, I almost finished them! I enjoyed looking at the colourful vintage posters around the diner too.

The vintage posters in Nellie’s
My fresh blueberry pancakes at Nellie’s

This Sunday I went to Galaxie Diner for brunch. It was quite different to Nellie’s. It had that ‘grubby’ diner look that you see in some movies and was very loud. But I liked it, it was so unpretentious. It’s apparently a real neighbourhood favourite and has been here for years. It had a great, retro vibe…with bright red leather booths and a vintage-looking long counter for the ‘solo diners’. I ordered the ‘Huevos Rancheros’. Amazing! 

Huevos Rancheros at Galaxie Diner

Nellie’s had a bit more of a quiet, peaceful feel – I sat there for a good few hours reading. Galaxie on the other hand, felt hectic and loud. Not the kind of place to read a book but delicious food and friendly service. Both great diners that I’ll be revisiting but for different reasons! 

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