Mr NQN and I were recently sailing on a cruise. It was a nine night cruise sailing across the Mediterranean and we had a fantastic time. And it was on day five that I suddenly realised that none of my clothes fit me any more. It is well known that people gain weight on cruises, the reason being the amount of food on offer. There is just so much of it but I have trained myself somewhat to resist things and only try a few bites of something. However something snuck up on me and that was room service.
You see it's completely free on a cruise and I am an unashamed room service nut. Usually in the morning I have a cup of tea and I'm good until around noon. I know people say that you should never skip breakfast but I do and I feel better for it. I don't know why and I know so many people who would collapse with hunger without it. On a cruise you can't make tea in your room, you need to order it from room service and we figured that once we ordered tea we may as well order fruit. Except well I don't eat a lot of fruit (except in cakes, #thisiswhyyourefat :P) but Mr NQN loves it so we ordered some. And then I'd order an omelette.
On that fifth day I stopped ordering breakfast and after a couple of days my clothes started to fit again. But I do love breakfast and brunch food. Just around noon. I recently came across Marissa's recipe for feta and lemon bruschetta. I always love her recipes and I knew that I wanted to save this recipe for weekend brunch.
I've read recently that the trend of brunching is dead in New York but take a look around Sydney and you'll see that it is well and truly alive. But if you don't feel like extending a leg outdoors, then may I offer you this 5 minute breakfast fix? I used reduced fat feta but I'd recommend a creamy Danish feta for this recipe. It is a great spread for crackers when entertaining and it keeps for a few days in the fridge. That is of course, if it lasts that long ;)
So tell me Dear Reader, what do you eat for breakfast? Is it something hot like eggs or toast or something cold like cereal and fruit?
Feta & Lemon Bruschetta
Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 200g/7ozs Danish or a creamy feta (you can also use low fat although the texture will not be as smooth and you may have to add more oil)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 60ml/2ozs. extra virgin olive oil, divided in half
- 4 slices your favourite bread
- Red pepper flakes
Step 1 - Place the garlic clove in a food processor and chop finely. Add the feta, lemon juice and olive oil and process. You can leave this a bit chunky for texture or blitz it until smooth.
Step 2 - Drizzle some oil on the slices of bread and grill. Top with the feta mix and then grate a little lemon zest on top and add the red pepper flakes.