Life is uncertain. Eat Dessert first.


WORLD CUP SPECIAL! Breakfast in Bed

5.30am is an early start tomorrow to watch the Ireland v Wales Quarter Final – who’s hungry at that hour of the morning? I’d recommend a slice of toast and a cup of coffee to tide you over. Once the game is over start making this decadent (i.e. not healthy) French Toast breakfast, and you should have it finished in time to watch the England v France game from your bed.

These quantities serve two people, so the decision is yours – surprise your partner with breakfast in bed, or eat it really quietly while they’re still asleep and have a double portion!

Put a 500g mix of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries (I used a packet of frozen fruits) in a small saucepan with a tblsp of sugar and a tblsp of water, and heat gently. You want the fruit to be warmed without turning into mush.

Stir 2 eggs, 1 and a half tablespoons of cream, a good grating of nutmeg and a pinch of salt briskly with a fork until well blended. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl in which you can easily dip a slice of bed.

Cut four pretty thick slices of white bread. This is easiest to do if you buy a full loaf (not a sliced pan), and cut it yourself. Cut the crusts off. You can even cut the bread the night before and leave it to dry out a bit overnight.

Melt 1 and a half tblsp of butter in a frying pan big enough to hold two slices of bread. Dip both side of two slices of bread in the egg mixture, just long enough to soak up the egg, but not too long that the bread falls apart.

Fry the bread over a medium heat until very lightly browned, turning once.

Keep the cooked slices warm in the oven while you make a second batch. Whip a bowl of cream while you’re doing this.

Place 2 slices of French Toast on a plate, and sieve icing sugar over the top. Strain half the fruit from the juices in the pan, and place the warmed fruit to one side of the French Toast. Put a good dollop of whipped cream on the other side, and serve with some freshly squeezed orange juice and a strong pot of coffee.