Breakfast

Breakfast

By
Matt Wilkinson, Sharlee Gibb
Contains
8 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743792896
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MR: ‘It’ll set you up for the rest of the day, Matthew Thomas Wilkinson’, was what I remember my Mum saying about breakfast as a kid. She didn’t need to worry about me not eating it, though, I used to love it – always starting the day the same way with a glass of orange juice and a bowl of cereal (none of those cool ones you saw advertised on the TV, mind, just good old cornflakes or ‘Weetabix’, as they were known back in Yorkshire). That’s now come full circle in my new family life and the boys are just the same, though they won’t even stretch as far as cornflakes! Jay (hooligan number two) can eat up to six Weet-Bix at a go and even said to Sharlee one morning in the kitchen, ‘Mumma, when I was a baby in your tummy and you were feeding me, did you give me Weet-Bix for breakfast?’

Personally, I love a good bacon and eg roll with brown sauce and have this often at Pope Joan when I get into work. It reminds me of Saturdays as a kid when Mum would give us one each with a bowl of Heinz tomato soup to dip it into as a treat. Being able to connect the past with the present through food memories like this is something that I love, and I’m conscious that Sharlee and I are creating similar experiences for our two boys for them to look back at with big smiles, or disgust, or love … or all three.

Here we’ve included the recipes that make up our everyday breakfast staples, whether that be freshly squeezed juices or smoothies, simple pancakes or a warming bowl (or two) of porridge. There’s nothing fancy here – owning a café where breakfast accounts for 40 per cent of the menu means we are o en trying lots of exciting new options when out and about – but rather a selection of what we come back to time and time again. It’s what we cook at home.

Recipes in this Chapter

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