If you want to make me happy for an hour, feed me breakfast.
If you want to make me delightful, sweet-natured and thoroughly lovely for the entire day, feed me a great breakfast.
It really is that simple. Which is one of the reasons why every single picture of me on my recent Mediterranean adventure shows me grinning from ear to ear. Not only did the crew thoughtfully provide “pre-breakfast” (aka early morning tea) to ease us into yoga, the breakfast that awaited us at the end of our yoga session was sublime.
A far cry from the British fry-up or the miserable continental offering, this was a proper feast. There were always eggs – often omelettes, sometimes hard boiled eggs. Two types of cheese. Olives. Tomatoes and cucumber (and yes, that works, surprisingly well). Fruit. Bread. Rose petal jam (a little dab of heaven). And the dangerously addictive tahini mixed with grape molasses, which I could eat by the tablespoon (and did, most mornings).
Filling, flavoursome, colourful – it was bound to put a spring in my step.
But what about since I came home? How have I managed without such a lavish start to the day? Well, the truth is I’ve been trying to recreate a little taste of Mediterranean living in my breakfast. So I don’t have the glorious Greek sun, and the council leisure pool is no substitute for the sparkling sea, but at least most of the ingredients are easily found at home. My two little chickens are diligently providing me with eggs (perhaps not quite enough for an omelette, but certainly enough for a regular boiled egg), and nearly everything else can be bought in the supermarket.
My main challenge has been to recreate the sweetened tahini. Pomegranate molasses sadly didn’t do the job – too sharp. Honey was a good approximation, but a touch too sweet. So I finally tracked down the Real McCoy – grape molasses, all the way from … Amazon.
Mixed into tahini, it really is just as good as I remembered it – hurrah!
So here is my attempt at a Mediterranean breakfast. And yes, it has made me smile. A lot.
What’s breakfast makes you smile? Tweet me and let me know.