Category Archives: Breakfast

Backpacker chic pancakes

Fruity pancakes are the breakfast du jour when travelling. We had a ton of pineapple pancakes in Cambodia (covered in syrup, they’re like having pineapple upside down cake for breakfast, which is a Good Thing). My backpacking friends’ most recent update was full of tales of banana pancakes. So, inspired by them, and with the extra hour to play with, I set about making pancakes for Sunday brunch. Continue reading


Pineapple Buns and Fish Balls: Things I ate in Hong Kong

Twenty years ago, on my first visit to Hong Kong, my dad would go out every morning and buy each of us a soft, sweet bun for breakfast. Known as pineapple buns (bo lo baau in Cantonese) they contain no pineapple but are named for the way the sugary topping cracks on top. Two decades later, they, and the bakeries that sell them alongside egg tarts, pork floss pastries and wife cakes, are as ubiquitous as ever. That is why I love going back. Although the city looks as if it changes, its heart stays the same. I can wallow shamelessly in childhood nostalgia, and, at the same time, thrill at trying new things. Continue reading

Mexican Eggs


Technically, these are called Huevos Rancheros and technically they’re a breakfast dish. But, philistines that we are, we call them Mexican Eggs and eat them for tea. I make no claims whatsoever to this version’s authenticity but they’re tasty and filling and most of the ingredients will be in the cupboard already.

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Sunday Bunday

To finish off breakfast on Sunday and to fill our lunchboxes through the rest of this week I made a batch of cinnamon buns from Jane Hornby’s What to Cook and How to Cook It. The book is fantastically idiot proof (it contains instructions for a toasted ham and cheese sandwich) but full of recipes that have become part of our regular repertoire-a sure sign a cookbook is worth the shelf real estate.

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I heart McDonalds. There’s no two ways about it and no shame in it. I’ve had teriyaki burgers and cherry blossom milkshakes in Tokyo, queued for collectible Happy Meal Snoopies, disdain those who don’t eat their gherkins and think the branch at the bottom of Waterloo is the perfect pre-theatre venue before a trip to the Old Vic. But my absolute favourite thing is a McDonalds breakfast, specifically a Sausage and Egg McMuffin. I schedule trips for first thing in the morning just so I’m out early enough to get one (oh to live in Hong Kong where they sell them 24 hours a day-can you imagine!) Continue reading