Speedy breakfasts

These deliciously easy recipes are worth five minutes of anybody’s time. Wouldn’t you agree?


Do as the Scandinavians do and top rye bread with smoked trout (or salmon), half an avocado mashed with a little olive oil and seasoning and a sprinkling of chopped red chilli and chives.

Or why not try…

• Toasted brioche spread with cream cheese and topped with smashed berries and honey

• Quickly frying bacon and sliced mushrooms, pile into a wrap with a few slices of brie. The heat of the bacon should melt the cheese to gooey perfection.


Create top-speed Spanish-style scrambled eggs: thinly slice half an onion and red pepper and sauté with a few slices of chorizo in a glug of olive oil for 3-4 mins. Meanwhile whisk two eggs, pour in and stir over the heat for a further 1 min until scrambled. Season and serve.

Or why not try…

• Stirring up an omelette with roughly chopped smoked salmon and chives

• Poached eggs with wilted spinach and fried cherry tomatoes on toast


Granola is already the king of cereals, but top with cinnamon-dusted yoghurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of ready-made coulis to make it really amazing.

Or why not try…

• Mixing it up with different milks. Try coconut, hazelnut, almond or even Ecomil’s almond milk with cacao and agave.

• Having a few creative toppings up your sleeve such as toasted almonds, coconut and banana; pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon; or dried cherries and shavings of dark chocolate.


For a photo-worthy breakfast, liven up your usual bowl of oats with almond milk and top it with chopped dried apricots, pistachios and almonds, plus a generous drizzle of honey.

Or why not try…

• Swirling in a spoonful of jam or nut butter

• Spicing it up with ground cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg

• If you’re feeling adventurous, take inspiration from chef Tom Kerridge by stirring in hotsmoked salmon, lemon and dill. (Or not…)

Porridge to go

The beauty of chia porridge (along with its omega-3 benefits) is that you can make it ahead of time. Soak chia seeds in coconut milk with a squeeze of agave syrup in a Kilner jar in the fridge overnight. Top with fruit or jam in the morning and take it to work with you. This works well with oats, buckwheat and quinoa flakes too.

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12 drinks of Christmas – Tommy’s Margarita

Happy Christmas! The last of our 12 Christmas cocktails is a proper celebratory drink. Agave is king in this simplified Margarita.


  • 50ml tequila blanco
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 15ml agave syrup

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12 drinks of Christmas – The Twinkle

Our tenth Christmas cocktail is The Twinkle – a floral 1920s-inspired sparkler that shines bright.


  • 15ml vodka
  • 10ml elderflower cordial
  • champagne
  • Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients rose petals

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12 drinks of Christmas – The Jalisco

The ninth cocktail in our series, the Jalisco, is a fresh burst of apple and cucumber with a tequila bite.


  • 50ml tequila blanco
  • 20ml lime juice
  •  20ml cloudy apple juice
  • 20ml 1:1 sugar syrup
  • Cucumber slice

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12 drinks of Christmas – The Gin Martini

A definite contender for the ‘king of cocktails’ title, we’re half way through our series and onto the classic Gin Martini.


  • 60ml gin
  • 10ml vermouth

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12 drinks of Christmas – The Old Fashioned

On the second day of Christmas my true love poured for me… an American classic – bourbon and bitters with a citrus twist. Here’s how you make an Old Fashioned.

Image of the Old Fashioned


  • 60ml bourbon
  • 7.5ml 1:1 sugar syrup (equal parts water and sugar)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

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12 drinks of Christmas – The Airmail

Is that the cheerful clinking of glasses we hear? As friends come together to celebrate, raise a toast to the party season with our dozen deliciously simple cocktails – all with a festive twist.

First in our series is The Airmail, a sparkling classic from the heyday of aviation. Continue reading

An ‘easy does it’ celebration – side dishes

You’ve chosen the main dish – now you need some stunning side dishes to make the Christmas meal really special (the recipes should look and taste amazing but not keep you tied to the stove all morning – unless you’re trying really hard to avoid a particular relative of course!)

In our fourth blog, we’ve got three tasty recipes for your perusal.

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Roasted Squash and Red Onion

A versatile and moreish side that will go with most main dishes

  • Serves 6
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook:45 mins

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An ‘easy does it’ celebration: roast beef

There are no rules about what you can and can’t have for Christmas dinner, as long as it’s hearty and absolutely delicious. So in our second blog, we’re taking on beef.

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Why be different? Choosing beef shouldn’t feel like a departure from tradition – after all, there’s nothing more British than roast beef. Other benefits are that it cooks more quickly than turkey, takes up less space in your oven, is easier to carve, and you’re not left with a messy carcass at the end – if you even have any leftovers. Plus, the rose-pink, tender meat will still go with all your usual sides. Continue reading