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Autumnal overnight oats

My boyfriend, let's call him Jacek (because that's his name) gets breakfast at work and therefore totally ignores my offers to eat the morning meal together. He then sends me pictures of waffles, pancakes and/or avocado baked with eggs and chorizo, thinking that it makes me green with envy. Well, I'm only slightly jealous. I prepare oats in the evening and soak them overnight in the fridge. They're ready to eat in the morning, so I feel as if I had a breakfast catering myslef.

Recipe: Autumnal Overnight Oats

Serves: 1 (not sad at all!)
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp oat bran
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp date syrup
  • a handful grapes, to serve
  • coconut flakes, to serve
Method
  • Mix all the ingredients, apart from grapes and coconut flakes.
  • Transfer to a jar and refrigerate overnight.
  • Voila! Serve with grapes and coconut flakes.

Blackberry smoothie bowl

It's pretty obvious why I love breakfast-from-a-blender. Smoothie bowls are quick, easy, healthy and delicious. And look great on Instagram.

Blackberries, like all the berries, are superfoods. They're low in calories, high in antioxidants and fiber and a great source of vitamins: C, B, A, E and K. And let's not ignore the fact that they make your smoothie look fabulous!

Recipe: Blackberry smoothie bowl

Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 150 g blackberries + a few for serving
  • one avocado
  • 150 ml almond milk
  • 2 łyżki ground flaxseed
  • one tsp agave syrup
  • a pinch of cinnamon
Method
  • Blend all the ingredients together.
  • Serve in bowls, topped with fresh blackberries.

Potato waffles with smoked salmon

I love potatoes and I love waffles - and I have no idea why I've never made potato waffles before. It's a delicious way of using leftover potatoes. To be honest, I didn't really have any leftover potatoes, but it was still worth making them.

Potato waffles are perfect for brunch. You can serve them with smoked salmon, yoghurt and chives. Surely, it's not the lightest bite you can imagine, but you have to eat something on those cold, rainy mornings, when you crave something hearty to cheer you up.

Recipe: Potato waffles with smoked salmon

Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • one cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tso ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • one cup potato puree
  • one cup buttermilk
  • 85 ml melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
Method
  • Sieve flour into a bowl, add baking powder, soda, nutmeg and salt. Combine.
  • Combine oil, whisked eggs, buttermilk and potato puree in another bowl.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and set the dough aside for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, preheat a waffle maker.
  • Cook each waffle for 3-4 minutes (or accordingly to the waffle maker manual).
  • Serve with smoked salmon ang yoghurt. Top with chopped chives and coarse black pepper.

Cereal Killer Cafe

Over 120 types of cereal that you can combine with 30 varieties of milk and 20 different toppings. Even if you're not a fan of the whole cereal for breakfast thing, you have to admit that cereal cafe is an interesting idea.

London's Cereal Killer Cafe offers a wide variety of American and British cereal, as well as morning delicacies from France, Spain, Australia and Argentina. Apart from cow's milk (whole, semi or skimmed) there's a handful of plant milks options (soya, oat, rice, coconut, almond and hazelnut), all of which you can combine with different syrups, including bubble gum, peanut butter and mint.

Most people get pretty confused with endless cereal possibilities (or at least I did), so the Cereal Cocktails section can be a lifesaver. I know nothing about cereal, so I went for "Double Rainbow" and was very pleased (it was colourful and sweet, what else can a girl need?). Good thing the Cereal Killer Cafe is a regular cafe too, as I really needed a strong espresso after all that sugar.

Cereal Killer Cafe, 193 Brick Lane, E1 6SB London

Duck and waffle

Hot, cripsy waffles, duck leg marinated in maple syrup and fried egg with a perfectly runny yolk - can you imagine a better way to celebrate the upcoming weekend? Being a fanatic lover of all things brunch, I acknowledge many dishes that combine breakfast and lunch, but this particular one is by far my favourite.

The combination of sweet waffles and meat comes with, as you can easily guess, a "made in the USA" label. Chicken and waffles have been paired up by American diners for a while now. I mean American "while", which is closer to 100 and not 1000 years ago. Sadly, the exact origins of this delicious dish remain unknown. It could have been created anytime between the end of the 18th century, when Thomas Jefferson purchased the first waffle iron from France and the 1930s, when chicken and waffles became available in several places around New York's Harlem. There are two traditional versions of the dish - one with fried chicken, served with butter and syrop, the other one with stewed pulled chicken topped with gravy.

My recipe wasn't inspired by the heritage of the Founding Fathers, but by London's Duck and Waffle, with a finger-licking menu by Daniel Doherty. The flagship dish, duck and waffle, is not even the only reason to visit this place. The restaurant is situated on 40th floor, which reportedly guarantees unforgettable views of the London skyline. Reportedly, because upon my visit, all there was to see was a really thick fog. But fog doesn't really matter when you can sample spicy ox cheek doughnuts and crispy duck leg confit with perfectly fried duck egg and a comforting waffle. The place is open 24/7, so next time you have the midnigh munchies, you don't have to rely on what the nearest gas station has to offer.

If London is not on your way at the moment, make this deliciousess at home. There's no better way to start the weekend.

Recipe: Duck and Waffle

Serves: 2

Recipe: Duck legs

Ingredients
  • 2 duck legs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coarse mustard
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • a pinch of coarse salt
Method
  • Combine all the ingredients of the marinade.
  • Carefully coat duck legs with marinade and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours (preferably even 24 hours, so if you have more time, let them marinate longer).
  • Remove the meat from the fridge at least half an hour before roasting. Preheat the oven to 170C. Place duck legs in an ovenproof dish and top with remaining marinade.
  • Roast for 2-2,5 hours, until the meat falls from the bone.

Recipe: WAFFLES

Ingredients
  • one cup flour
  • one tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs (yolks and whites separate)
  • 85 ml vegetable oil
  • 225 ml milk
Method
  • Sieve flour into a bowl, add baking powder, sugar and salt. Combine.
  • Add whisked yolks, oil and milk. Combine until smooth using a mixer or a whisker.
  • Beat the egg whites and delicately combine with the batter.
  • Preheat a waffle maker and cook each waffle for 3-4 minutes (or accordingly to the waffle maker manual).
  • Serve waffles with duck legs, fried egg and some maple syrup mixed with coarse mustard.
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