I'm one of those super irritating morning people. You know the ones. I'm one of those who think six am is half way through the day rather than half way through the night. You feel people like me must be consuming some sort of illicit substance- how is it possible to be so chirpy and cheery at such a time?
(Of course, it does mean that by mid afternoon I'm need of an pick-me-up-slice-of-cake and by nine pm I'm desperate for a shut eye ).
But it does mean that I'm convinced breakfast is the best meal of the day. Sets you up, gets you going. Clearly, cereal adverts as a child were far too influential (yes, Frosties 'Brings Out The Tiger In You!' and Weetabix 'Someone has had their Weetabix' I'm talking about you).
I've been making Bircher muesli for myself these last few weeks. Perfect make-ahead, super nutritious, Duracell-bunny-keeping-going properties. Although a quick google reveals many versions of the recipe, my version is based on Skye Gyngell's recipe, originally published in the Independent.
The essential ingredients, the oats, apple juice, grated apple and yogurt are a lovely blank canvas to add fruit, nuts, seeds or compote of your choosing. Really, whatever you may be able to raid from your fruit bowl and store cupboard.
(Makes four portions)
250g rolled oats
175ml apple juice
2 grated Granny Smith Apples
5 tbsps Greek Yogurt
3 tbsps honey
2 tbsps sunflowers seeds
5 tbsps sultanas
4 tbsps whole almonds
1. Combine the oats, apple juice and grated apps in a bowl. Stir together, cover and place in the fridge overnight
2. Divide into a serving bowl and add the yogurt and honey. Sprinkle over the seeds, dried fruit and nuts plus a starwberry to make it look all pretty
3. Eat! Simple!
- Yotam adds agarve nectar to his, Jamie uses bran and the lovely Little Loaf bakes bircher muesli bread!
- The base will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days
- How do you make yours?