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Alison Baker

A Healthy Breakfast

Posted by Alison Baker Monday, 25th January 2016

Here we are the middle of January, still being bombarded with diets, exercise DVD’s, dry January and how much carbs, sugar, fat, and caffeine we should be all be consuming! The list is endless! 


I think we all know what we should and should not be eating – it basically comes down to eating less and moving more. But this does not mean that you cannot eat some of your favourite food, just eat it less often and cook it as healthily as possible!


January 24th sees the start of British Breakfast Week, a chance for us all to support British produce and British farming.  We all know the importance of a good breakfast, it seems straight forward, if you have some ‘fuel’ inside you at the start of the day then your day will go better than one on an empty tummy and countless cups of coffee! The NHS tells us that eating breakfast has long term health benefits too; it can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.


Perhaps it is just as well that the working and school week does not allow the time for a cooked breakfast every day.  But, how about a proper cooked breakfast at the weekend?  This is even better when you have friends or relatives staying for the weekend.  The great thing about an English breakfast is that you can eat it at any time of the day, it is quick to cook and delicious too. Remember you need really good British ingredients so check the packaging carefully when buying sausages and bacon in a supermarket.  Make sure you are buying sausages that have a high meat content. Butchers and farm shops will be able to offer you local bacon and sausages. British Farmhouse Breakfast week is all about celebrating British produce. Don’t forget the eggs and bread for toast too.


So, now you have this wonderful British produce ready to cook on your wonderful British Rangemaster!  Turn an oven on to warm the serving plates, pre heat the grill for the sausages (grilling allows any fat that escapes during cooking to drip into the grill pan); they will take about 20-25 minutes to grill.  Cook the bacon on the ridged part of the griddle, again this keeps the fat away from bacon during cooking.  Keep the sausages and bacon warm in the oven while you cook the eggs and the toast.  You can cook the eggs on the flat part of the griddle using very little oil or you could poach them using no fat at all in a frying pan containing simmering water or use an egg poacher if you have one.  To poach in a frying pan; break the egg into a cup and pour it into the gently boiling water, it will only take a few minutes to poach.  Lift the egg out of the water with a perforated spoon.


 Have someone taking care of the toast under the grill, get your family and friends around the table and enjoy a really lovely meal together that hasn’t taken hours to produce. Now, don’t forget you can also have tomatoes, mushrooms (don’t fry them!) and baked beans with your bacon, sausages and egg.  While you are eating you can plan an activity that will burn off some calories, walking is very good! 


Many British farming families rely on this most important meal, so keep up the good work!  


The rest of the week try and stick with the wholegrain cereals, toast or porridge.  Although a poached egg on toast is very good too!


Farmhouse Breakfast Week runs between January 24th and 31st.  There are plenty of tips and information to be found on the internet at

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