Duck eggs have been my favourite breakfast item for a while now. Personally, I don't think there's much difference in taste between chicken and duck eggs, although the latter are supposed to be more intense. I like them for two reasons. Firstly, they're larger, whiter and simply prettier. Secondly, a larger egg means a larger yolk. And I really love yolk!
Recipe: Duck egg and chorizo in tomato sauce
2 duck eggs
one tbsp. of butter
one small onion, sliced
2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
one red bell pepper, sliced
50g of Spanish chorizo, sliced
one tsp of sugar
a handful of fresh cilantro
Melt butter in a skillet, add onions and saute them.
Add chorizo and red bell pepper, cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes and sugar, simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.
In the meantime, fry the eggs in a separate pan.
Place eggs on top of the tomato sauce and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.
It's so simple that it shouldn't even be called a recipe. Let's say that I have an idea for a delicious and presentable winter salad that will help us keep the right level of Vitamin C. Works great as a light dessert or a topping for a sweet breakfast, like porridge or pancakes.
Recipe: Winter tangerine salad
2 tbsp. of pomegranate seeds
a handful of fresh mint leaves
juice of 1/2 tangerine
Peel and slice the tangerines, arrange them on a plate.
Top with pomegranate and chopped mint, drizzle with tangerine juice.
The Breakfast Club is by far one of the most popular brunch spots in London. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (ok, early afternoon) you will see hungry Londoneers, craving coffee, Mimosas, poached eggs and maple pancakes and queuing in front of each of six locations of the restaurant. The wait is at least half an hour, but, personally, I don't mind waiting for food (unless it's in a heavy rain, which is not that uncommon in London). You could always try and outsmart the system and come for a midweek breakfast or lunch. But that would be spoiling the fun, wouldn't it?
Pancakes and berries, with maple syrup and vanilla cream
Huevos al Benny: poached eggs, chorizo, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies, spicy hollandaise on toasted English Muffin
I'm a big fun of the whole cycle chic and I often picture about myself, speeding through the streets on a lovely bike, wind in my loose hair, feeling perfectly confident wearing a long skirt and high heels. In reality, I don't cycle that much, especially in London, as the left-hand traffic is rather confusing and I being hit by a double decker is not exactly my idea of a perfect death.
Luckily for me, Look Mum No Hands! is perfect for both bike lovers and people who are simply after a cup of good coffee. It's an all-in-one coffee shop, bar and bike repair shop. Coffee is indeed very good, the place is spacious, friendly and relaxed. I have no opinion whatsoever on the bike repair part.
Great place for breakfast - you can go for traditional full English breakfast or choose between eggs, porridge, muesli or delicious thyme-roasted mushrooms on sourdough toasts. They also have great lunch options and have a bar with beer and wine.