Celebrate Better Breakfast Week with New Zealand Honey and my
Fluffy Porridge Pancakes Recipe!
Breakfast has to be my favourite meal of the day; it’s the only time I get to eat what I really love, and not feel guilty about it! I mean, what other meal of the day consists of crispy bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, black pudding, fried bread and grilled mushrooms with a sausage or two? What other meal allows you to enjoy bowls of creamy porridge, or baskets of light, buttery pastries with home-made jams and marmalades? And, at what other meal can you sit down to a plate of fluffy pancakes with honey and know it’s JUST so right, and perfectly okay to do so! I have tried “an all day breakfast” and frankly it’s just not the same after 11am! Pancakes for lunch are just wrong and porridge before bed is tasty and filling, but it’s not the same as eating it at the “breakfast” table with orange juice, a freshly boiled egg to follow and acres of hot buttered toast! (Although I DO agree that hot buttered toast is GREAT as a supper or tea dish, in fact, it’s good all day!) I know eggs and bacon are great for tea and lunch, and pancakes make great desserts, but it’s BEFORE 11am that all these recipes come into their own, and pancakes are one of my favourites for “brekkie”.
I am a big Manuka honey fan; in actual fact I have been using this remarkable sweet ingredient since it first became widely available in the UK about ten or twelve years ago…….so, when New Zealand Honey Co sent me some samples of their honey range recently, I was VERY pleased and excited! Manuka honey is well-known in aiding our immune systems – it’s what I reach for when I think I have a cold coming on, or I just fell under the weather. My dad, who suffers from emphysema, takes a spoon in his early morning cup of tea (every day) to help his immune system fight off colds, which may result in him contracting a chest infection. My daughter drinks it with honey when work colleagues start to bring their annual “winter bugs” to work…..but, as well as its amazing medicinal qualities, it is also fabulous on cooking and baking.
Super Healthy Honey:
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE RESPONSE
Research has shown that honey stimulates the immune response of white blood cells, thus it may help prevent infections like sore throats and the common cold.
Honey has a potent anti-inflammatory action, which was recognised by ancient peoples in the use of honey to treat sore throats, skin infections and sunburn. Modern medical research has confirmed this anti-inflammatory activity.
IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH
A healthy digestive system is essential for general well-being. Honeys feed and boost the growth of the digestive flora (good bacteria), in our intestines. These bacteria help to absorb essential nutrients including calcium, neutralise harmful toxins and strengthen the immune system.
But back to breakfast, and the Better Breakfast Week. What’s it all about? It’s very simple, it’s a new campaign to get Britain to wake up to a healthier breakfast kicks off on Monday 24 September with a Better Breakfast Week of events, special promotions and competitions. The aim of the campaign is to explain why breakfast is important and show how quick and easy it is to create a better, healthier meal to start the day……COUNT me in! And to kick off a series of breakfast recipes I am creating to mark Better Breakfast Week, I have devised a fabulous pancake recipe, Fluffy Porridge Pancakes, made with and served with some delectable Beech Forest Honeydew Honey from New Zealand honey, which is effective as a natural aid for digestive health and well-being – so a great way to start the day then!
Unlike other honeys, whose source comes from the nectar of flowers, this honey is sourced from the sap produced by a small-scale insect that feeds off the beech trees. The sap trickles down the outside of the tree and is collected by bees during early winter and spring, when there is no or little other floral sources for the bees to forage, resulting in a very pure honey with very special properties and flavour. New Zealand Honey Beech Forest Honeydew comes from the untouched, ancient beech forests that stretch along the base of the Southern Alps, in the South Island of New Zealand. There is no other activity here other than beekeeping, resulting in a honey as pure and natural as you will ever find……fascinating stuff and VERY tasty on my pancakes!
Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper is a well-known phrase but few of us follow the advice. The word breakfast was first used in English in 1463 and literally means breaking the fast. After going 8-10 hours overnight without food, we all need to replenish our energy and restore blood sugar levels, which is why the best possible start to each day is a good healthy breakfast……and I hope that my fluffy pancake recipe, with healthy oats and healthy honey, will tempt you to whip up a batch for Better Breakfast Week as well as for the rest of the year! I have a couple more new breakfast recipes up my sleeve, but in the meantime, you can see what takes your fancy here, on the Better Breakfast Week’s site: Recipes. I quite fancy having a go at this recipe next, especially as I have a jar of Beech Forest Honeydew honey, Beech Forest Honeydew cranachan, with berries, linseed and almonds. That’s all for now, but I MUST tell you that I have exciting news, later today I will be posting a NEW GIVEAWAY, as New Zealand Honey have very kindly offered me £50 worth of their fabulous honey as a prize on my blog…….so, tune in later for that! Bye for now, have a GREAT weekend, Karen