Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

The most important meal of the day.

Certainly one I enjoy, I would rather be late for an appointment than skip breakfast!

Now that we are doing bnb, breakfast has become even more important.  The guests’ breakfast that is.  Ours on the mornings we have guests staying may never happen!

I was listening to Georgina Campbell who runs the annual Irish Breakfast Awards on radio some months back, where she was asked ‘how can you go wrong with breakfast?’.  I loved her answer!  ‘Let’s start with the orange juice’!  And how right is she?  Another guest on that radio programme who I think was a chef at a hotel, pointed out that you can give guests the best dinner in the world, but if they stay overnight and have an awful breakfast… that is going to be their abiding memory.  Again how right?

Here at Oldfarm, I am generally the breakfast cook.  Not everyone wants a ‘cooked’ breakfast, but we always offer freshly squeezed juice, homemade granola and homemade yoghurt.  Then if a guest wants there is the ‘cooked’ option

I never start cooking breakfast until the guests come down stairs.  Is there anything worse in the world than breakfasts that have been kept ‘warm’ somewhere!!!  Yuck!

This is what an Oldfarm breakfast consist of …. take all, some or none!


Freshly squeezed orange juice

Homemade granola with homemade yoghurt

Fruit and Yoghurt

seasonal homegrown fruit – fresh or stewed

Poached Egg

Eggs – any which way – from our own hens

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Sausages and/or bacon (subject to availability) from our own pigs

Potato Cakes

homemade jams and marmalades, and maybe some of our own honey

Homemade Breads

Selection of homemade organic breads

Tea and/or coffee – real tea (with leaves) and real coffee (French press or Keurig)

Our guests enjoy their breakfasts…. well so they tell us!

When are you coming to stay?  We promise a damn fine breakfast!

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I shared this recipe over on our website…. but thought it was mean not to share it here too as it is totally delicious!

As you will remember we had our Bacon Competition for St. Patrick’s Weekend. I’ve already shared the winning recipe, Bacon & Cabbage Soup, with you, and was full of great plans to try the other recipes in the weeks immediately after, but life as always got in the way.

Finally, today, I got a chance to try Ruth McKenna’s recipe.  Ruth’s recipe is absolutely delicious.

Baked egg, with bacon and sprinkle of black pepper

It was particularly lovely to make them today using our own bacon, first baby spinach leaves from the garden and our own eggs.  Only thing we bought was the goat’s cheese.

We greedily ate 2 each!  You must try this.

Ingredients (for 4 eggs):

  • 4 streaky rashers
  • 4 leaves of spinach
  • 35 g goat’s cheese
  • 4 fresh eggs


Preheat oven to 180 deg. C

Eggs, spinach, goat's cheese and rashers


Grease a muffin tray.  Line each depression with a slice of bacon.  Next add your spinach leaf.  Crumble some goat’s cheese (or feta cheese) in next.  Break an egg over the whole lot.


Bake for 15 – 20 minutes depending on your oven and how you like your eggs.


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You know that question – which came first the chicken or the egg?  We reckon this egg is trying to become a chicken 🙂

Baked egg with rasher

Is it a bird? Is it an egg?

What do you think?

This was one of the recipes submitted in our St. Patrick’s Day recipe competition.  It is delicious Baked Egg and Bacon

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