Breakfast

The omelette

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I think people get intimidated by omelettes. No? Maybe it was just me. For YEARS (this was back when I used to pretend that porridge was healthy and/or filled me up till lunch) I was convinced I couldn’t make an omelette. I remembered my mother saying something about moving the outside bits in towards the centre as they cooked but this just screwed me up more. They always ended up scrambled.

So you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re meant to hassle omelettes into life, but in my experience? Not so much. I don’t do it the French way (whisking on high heat – too labour intensive for me, it’s the morning and I haven’t made coffee yet), I do it like this:

Serves 2 adults and 1 toddler who’s already had breakfast but always wants whatever I’m having.

Method
1. Whisk 6 eggs in a bowl.
2. Melt some ghee or butter in a DECENT non-stick frying pan on a medium heat.
3. Pour in the eggs and go off and do something else. Fix your make-up, you’ve got tide marks on your cheek.
4. When it’s about 80% cooked, you can start fiddling. Try and run the uncooked egg off to the side or under the cooked bits.
5. Don’t wait till it’s totally solid, it’ll go rubbery.
6. Add salt (Maldon salt flakes changed my life and my cooking btw) and pepper.
7. Add some ham and spinach or whatever’s hanging out in the fridge.
8. Fold the omelette in two, then divide between two plates.
9. Consume.
10. You’re welcome.

Banana chia pancakes

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I’ve been flirting with the overpriced packet of chia seeds in the supermarket for months, but I’d always stopped myself from buying them because of the extortionate price tag. And it is, undoubtedly, expensive stuff, probably because it’s so trendy at the moment. Chia seeds are high in fibre, high in omega 3s, high in protein, as well as being low carb, so I guess they’ve earned their title of superfood. In any case, I kept reading about them and finally got so curious that I had to try them out for myself, so I stumped the €8 for a pack and then got home to face the conundrum of what the hell to do with them.

I started by throwing spoonfuls of them into dinners at random. They’re fairly tasteless so easy enough to disguise. But then I had a bit of an epiphany and decided to add them into my toddler’s paleo pancakes and it worked a treat. She gobbles them up like a starving orphan and I get to feel intensely smug about myself for 20 minutes before she resumes her task of pushing my buttons and wrecking my house.

So here’s the recipe. You can play with the quantities yourself until you get a consistency you like. I don’t always add the ground almonds and it still works well, but it gives them a more pancakey texture if you use it.

Makes 3-4 pancakes
Ingredients
1/2 ripe banana
1 egg
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsps ground almonds

Method
1. Mash the banana, then beat in the egg and chia seeds.
2. Melt some ghee (or butter) in a frying pan on a medium heat.
3. Ladle in some mixture and cook on both sides.

Coconut Pancakes

coconut pancakes

Now I’m generally an omelette-for-breakfast kind of girl, but sometimes I get a hankering for something a bit more substantial at the weekend. Enter coconut pancakes. They’re a bit more effort than scrambling an egg but still fairly quick to whip up. For me, they’re the epitome of Sunday breakfast perfection. Plus my toddler goes absolutely apeshit for them.

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1-2 tbsp raw honey*
5 eggs
120ml (1/2 cup) coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
65 g (1/2 cup) coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 pinches salt

Method
1. Microwave the coconut oil to melt it, then whisk in the honey.
2. Whisk the eggs in one at a time.
3. Add the coconut milk and vanilla extract.
4. Add the coconut flour, then the baking powder and salt.
5. Heat some ghee (or coconut oil) in a pan on a medium heat. Ladle in some mixture – keep them small or they’re impossible to turn.
6. Flip when the bottom is brown and cook on the other side.
7. Serve with honey and blueberries.

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* The best type of honey to use is raw honey, which is vastly different to the supermarket-bought variety. Raw honey is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition whilst conventional honey is, well, sweet, but not nearly as good for you. Since I went paleo, I’ve been trying and failing to get my hands on raw honey in Ireland. I’ve searched a tonne of health food shops and several shops online, but so far nothing. But if you can get it, USE IT!