February 07, 2016

Tutti Frutti Smoothie Bowl with Buckwheat Granola
eat breakfast like a King which, as one of London's "breakfast and brunch lovers" is a mantra I like to stick by, I figured a post to tantalise the morning tastebuds was in order. 

There's something quite melancholy and relaxed about taking breakfast at a leisurely pace, especially on a Saturday or Sunday. The French are rather good at this, with chairs and tables spilling onto the pavements outside little boulangeries or cafés on the coin de la rue. I wake up extra early on weekdays to make time for a languid start to my hectic day; it's my little quiet in the storm of a busy London lifestyle. 

Brunch is one of Britain fortés and one of my favourite pastimes. My weekends are laden with a little respite from the working week at brunch locations across London (or so I like to think..). That's not to say you can't set the alarm an hour early and meet a friend pre-work to prep you sufficiently for ploughing through a morning's worth of midweek emails (this has become a Pancake Day tradition for me) or that "brunching" with weekend papers and a coffee is underrated. No, no, no. Us Brits are known for our extravagant and varied brunch menus, from the traditional fry-up to gluten-free, vegan and health-conscious porridge and smoothie bowls. Wherever you look in London, there's a hip hang-out for all tastes to enjoy. 

My get-up-and-go for the start of this week is a "tutti frutti" smoothie bowl, crammed full of forest fruits and topped with buckwheat granola as per Madeleine Shaw's book Get The Glow (a superb addition to my growing foodie bookshelf by the way). I added nuts to make this super crunchy. Filled with glowing goodness, as it should be, I'll be starting this week strong.