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Buckwheat porridge with caramelized orange and figs

 Another Sunday, and here is another idea for Sunday Breakfast! This time it is a well-balanced, healthy and very tasty buckwheat porridge, that makes a fantastic breakfast treat. I guess many of you need something special to pull yourself out of the bed in the cold autumn mornings, and this warm and cozy porridge does help you!Buckwheat Porridge

 I used for it buckwheat flakes mixed with some oats. Do you know, that buckwheat grain provides a very high level of protein, second highest only to oats! It makes this porridge high in energy, so it might help you to do more housework during the day or just stay in a good mood! 😉 For those of you who not especially concerned with buckwheat nutritional benefits, it is also tastes delicious and has a delightful nutty flavour. Plus, I topped the porridge with caramelized orange slices and figs, now you can imagine how divine and irresistible it was! Some chopped almonds or hazelnuts add an extra nice and crunchy note to your morning breakfast bowl! Buckwheat porridge with caramelized orange and figs

Buckwheat porridge with caramelized orange and figs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: very easy
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You may drizzle the porridge with honey.
Ingredients
Porridge
100g buckwheat flakes
50-60g oatmeal
100ml water
300ml milk (I used full fat)
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp white or brown sugar (to taste)
vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
Topping
3-4 tbsp white sugar
2 large figs or 3 medium, cut into fourths
1 large orange, peeled and cut into 1cm slices
2-3 tbsp lemon juice
8-10 whole toasted almonds, roughly chopped
Method
  1. Put the water and milk in a saucepan over a medium heat, when it just begins to boil, add buckwheat flakes, oatmeal and all other ingredients for the porridge. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low, simmer for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the porridge is too thick add more milk or water. Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and leave for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put a pan with sugar on a medium-high heat. Don’t stir it, allow to become lightly golden. Add figs and orange slices, caramelize for 2-3 minutes on each side. Turn the heat off. Take out figs and orange slices. Add lemon juice to the pan and stir with all sugar and juices in the pan.
  3. Spoon the porridge into bowls and top with figs and orange slices. Pour over the sweet juice from the pan. Sprinkle with almonds.
Enjoy warm and cozy breakfast!

 Buckwheat porridge with figs and orange slices

Sunday Breakfast

 I think, breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day. I never miss breakfast; even if I woke up at 12 or 1pm – I prefer to eat something from breakfast category whether it’s mushroom kasha or sweet pancakes.
 I know that lots of people skip breakfast or have only coffee and sort of to-go bar; some say they are not hungry enough, or another reasons are lack of time or motivation. But eating breakfast can help you to wake up, to boost your energy and metabolism. Moreover, experts say that people who eat breakfast tend to have a lower risk of many health issues. Breakfast should be around 30% daily calories intake. So, skipping the breakfast leading to seek out higher calorie food later in the day.
 Thus, I decided to start a series of ‘Sunday Breakfast’. Why breakfast? – that you’ve read above. Why Sunday? – because it’s usually weekend, no need to hurry – you’ve got plenty of time to prepare any breakfast you/your family like. I’m going to post breakfast recipes that I’m cooking and enjoying. And I’d be more than happy if you share with me your breakfast ideas and recipes; if you decided to take part in this series – send me links to your posts or articles in the internet with your favourite morning meal. You can also write recipes and send me by email, so I could choose a suitable for me and taste them.
 Let’s begin a healthy way to start the day, especially if you haven’t had a breakfast for a long time!
Sunday Breakfast: Zucchini oladushki
I’m quite sure that almost everyone loves zucchini fritters. We call them oladii/oladushki in Russia, that means small pancakes (have a look another recipe by clicking here). These zucchini oladushki are more healthier, because I used fine oats instead of plain flour and fried them almost without oil. As you can see from the photos: they are served with fried quail eggs, which can be substitute with regular ones; herbs add a nice and aromatic touch – to wake up your senses!Zucchini oladushki with fried quail eggs

Sunday Breakfast: Zucchini Oladushki

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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*I didn’t use salt, because I used parmesan which is salty itself, but you can add some salt if needed.
**If zucchini oladushki don’t stick to your frying pan- omit the oil.
Ingredients
1 large zucchini, grated
few spoons of fine oats (or wholemeal flour)
*3-4 tbsp grated parmesan
3 quail eggs or 1 regular egg for the zucchini mixture
2 tsp lemon juice, optional
2-3 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
freshly ground black pepper to taste
**1-2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil for frying
quail eggs for serving, as much as you like
some grated parmesan for garnish, optional
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients, except oil. Heat the oil (if using) in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Using a tablespoon pour a spoonful of the mixture into pan, making oladushki/fritters, fry for a 2 minutes on each side.
  • Keep zucchini oladushki in a warm place: put them in warm 50C oven or cover with foil. Meanwhile, fry quail eggs (you may use the same pan).
  • Top oladushki with fried quail eggs, sprinkle with parmesan if desired.
Enjoy your breakfast!

Zucchini oladushki/yellow flower

Forgiveness Sunday

 Today is the last day of Butterweek, which is called Forgiveness Sunday, when people ask each other for forgiveness.

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Farewell to Butterweek is a traditional folk gathering, along with theatrical performances, sleighs’ sliding, games and amusements.

 A culmination of the festival is burning of an Idol made from straw and dressed as a woman, which is called Winter scarecrow and symbolized farewell to the winter and greeting the spring. 

масленица2  A straw-woman was burned in a field, beyond villages. Old stuff, clothes were burned also in fires, besides straw and firewoods. Nowadays it takes place in city/town squares, where all citizens are able to come.

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Have a lovely weekend, guys! 😀

 

*painted pics I took from the net