Shake Up Your Wake Up this Breakfast Week with my recipe for Girolles on Toast with Streaky Bacon.
The week (24th – 30th January) is National Breakfast Week in the UK and tomorrow signals the start of the annual Shake Up Your Wake Up Campaign. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet we are all guilty of skipping our first meal of the day when things are a little busy or when nothing in the fridge takes our fancy.
I am terrible at following my own advice, and I often miss breakfast then find myself snaffling a bit of fruit before lunch because I’m hungry. Every year I say I am going to eat breakfast more often but this year I am going to make more of an effort than ever. I’ve even changed my routine so that I am up earlier giving myself more time to squeeze in a breakfast before work (because lets be honest – eating at your desk is a little bit depressing).
So why am I making the extra effort and why should you?
Breakfast benefits you and your family and can help make you healthier and happier.
Breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than breakfast skippers.
Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients needed for an active lifestyle.
There are a wide variety of breakfast foods to choose from that can be enjoyed at home, at work or on-the-go.
This year the campaign also wants to encourage people to think about where their breakfast foods come from and to support the cereal farmers who produce it. You can find out more on the Shake Up Your Wake Up website and by following the campaign on social media – just keep an eye out for the #ShakeUpYourWakeUp hashtag!
If you’re in need of some inspiration then simply head to my Breakfast Recipes page. In the meantime, I’ll share with you one of my favourite breakfasts – Girolles on Toast with Streaky Bacon.
I am a huge fan of mushrooms in every shape and size but recently tried girolles for the first time. I love their smell, shape, colour and of course taste so, before Christmas, came up with a delicious breakfast recipe we could enjoy on Christmas morning. The result was a simple dish that can be made in between 5 and 10 minutes (depending on how awake you are feeling). The girolles have an an earthy, peppery flavour which works well with the salty bacon. Take a slice from your favourite loaf of bread (preferably wholemeal but the choice is yours), then top with the sautéed mushrooms and bacon. It really is that easy!
Girolles on Toast with Streaky Bacon Recipe
- 50g butter
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 4 rashers of streaky bacon
- 1 small white onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 200g girolles
- 1.5 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 slices of wholemeal toast
- Heat the olive oil in a shallow pan.
- Cut the streaky bacon into thin strips and fry for a couple of minutes on a low heat.
- Add the onion (finely diced) and garlic (sliced) and continue cooking for another minute or until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add the butter and the girolles and cook on a medium heat, stirring the mushrooms gently as they cook.
- In the meantime, toast the bread on both sides.
- Once the mushrooms are tender and the onions and mushrooms cooked, spoon the mushroom mixture over the toast including the melted butter.
- Serve while hot!
If you’re not sure where to find girolles then chanterelles will do just as well (golden chanterelles are just another term for girolles!) If you can’t find chanterelles then simply pick your favourite mushroom that is available. I love chestnut mushrooms so they’d be my replacement mushroom of choice.
Whichever mushroom you choose then the method is the same – simply sautée the mushrooms with thin strips of streaky bacon, white onion, garlic and rosemary. Thyme may be the more usual herb of choice to go with mushrooms but I love rosemary with the girolles.
This might not be the kind of breakfast you have every day (perhaps a tad too much butter for it to fall in the “healthy recipe” camp) but hopefully I’ve shown you that breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. If you find yourself reaching for the same branded cereal week in week out then you are going to get bored and eventually stop eating it! Add a bit of variety to your breakfast routine and you’ll find yourself more inclined to eat the most important meal of the day.
So there you have it. My recipe for Girolles on Toast with Streaky Bacon. How will you Shake Up Your Wake Up in 2016?
I’m sharing this Breakfast recipe as part of #BrilliantBreakfasts over at Made with Pink. Click the button below to view the linky.