Breakfast of Champions with Good Food Ireland
Breakfast. The clue is in the name. Your first meal of the day is meant to ‘break the fast’ of your overnight sleeping. The old adage of ‘Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper’ gives an indication of how significant a meal this is, compared to the evening dinner, which is often considered to be the most important meal of the day. Eating a feast at breakfast turns that theory on its head, telling you your morning bite should actually be your best and biggest meal of the day.
Nutritional experts believe this saying comes from the practical fact that breakfast is meant to fuel your energy for the day ahead, meaning all the food you consume will be burned for energy. The calories from a big dinner aren’t generally all used up, because dinner is served in the evening when the pace is slower and bedtime is following. Energy from food which the body can’t immediately use will be stored as fat, probably landing around your hips, or some other place where you just don’t want it to be!
Some dieticians even recommend that you adopt the practice of eating your largest meal in the morning, followed by a smaller meal at lunch and a light bite for dinner, in order to help you lose weight. It makes sense to us!
BREAKFAST LIKE A KING…
For most people, digging into a a veritable feast for breakfast during the working week just isn’t practical. The Luas, Dart, bus or train will not wait for you! But the weekend is upon us, so now’s your chance to put this old saying to the test.
We’ve got some great dishes to serve up for your right royal breakfast eating this weekend! Try this three course feast which will keep you going all day long!
THE KING’S PLATE
Next to the main course. Eggs with Spinach and Burren Hot Smoked Salmon from Burren Smokehouse contains a heap of easy to digest protein. Both eggs and fish are rich in valuable vitamins but won’t weigh heavy on your digestive system when you’re out and about. Accompany this with a wholesome loaf of Simply Nutritious Brown Bread from Ballymaloe Cookery School. Packed full of wholegrains and seeds for a boost of slow release carbs.
Or else you can take to the griddle and make yourself a beautiful plate of Boxty with this recipe from Donnybrook Fair. These old fashioned potato cakes are a speciality of the northwest corner of Ireland and work really well with the egg and smoked salmon combo main course.
Every King and Queen would expect a sweet treat to end a superb banquet. We’ve got just the very thing. Pancakes are a great breakfast and brunch favourite. Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School basic Pancake Batter forms the platform for your own topping.
Be that good old lemon and sugar, natural yogurt and fresh fruit or fruit compote, or bananas and chocolate sauce. You can get as extravagant as you want here!