Last week, the charity Send A Cow sent me a copy of their new cookery eBook, which contains recipes for breakfasts actually eaten by important historical figures; the likes of Einstein, Mandela, Churchill and Gandhi.
|Winston Churchill's Poached egg, cold meats, toast and grapefruit|
Now obviously, I love eating, and I love cooking and I very rarely skip breakfast, so this book was really interesting to me. Not least because it has been launched in a bid to help raise awareness of the importance of breakfast in helping children achieve their full potential - in particular, in the poorest parts of Africa.
follows research highlighting how up to one in every three (34%) people in Uganda and almost a third (29%) in Rwanda are gravely undernourished- an estimated 15 million people.
Without full stomachs youngsters struggle focus on their school lessons and are prevented from realising their individual potential. Send a Cow’s Break… Fast appeal aims to raise £500,000 to give children in Africa a better start, and every £1 donated will be doubled by the UK government.
|Albert Einstein's Fried eggs and honey|
But, as I am sure will come as a surprise to exactly nobody, the first recipe on the list for me to try was Jane Austen's 'Pound Cake, Tea, Toast and Cocoa'. I have heard of pound cake often, primarily through american blogs, but have never made one. I rectified that today. All in the name of a good cause, you understand.
|Jane Austen's Pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa|
For once, I followed this recipe to the letter. It's not often that I do that - I do like to fiddle with a recipe! But in this instance I thought I should be as authentic as possible. Although, not authentic enough not to use my trusty, hot pink Kitchen Aid!
|My homage to Jane Austen's breakfast|
My version looked a little different to Jane's. The bread didn't quite fit in the toaster, so there were some burnt corners, and I used chocolate spread on the toast, in replacement of the cocoa (which I don't fancy very often, and certainly not at breakfast time!) But I did get the loose leaf tea out, and a proper cup and saucer - it only felt right that I make an effort! The cake was very yummy, but dense in the middle - not like the one in Send a Cow's book. I need to have another go, I think my oven's thermometer may be playing up, as it was browning on top much sooner that expected, so I suspect the oven temp was too high.
So, cake, toast with orange curd and chocolate spread, loose leaf tea, cup and saucer …. oh, the hardships I go to, just to write a blog post!
If you'd like to try Jane Austen's breakfast, or any of the other 18 recipes, you can download the eBook for free. There is a suggested donation of £2.50 to the Break….Fast appeal, which, when doubled by the UK government, will be enough to support an African child for a month. The government is matching all donations until 30th June 2014, so don't hang around, get your eBook and make a donation today. Then do yourself a favour and make Jane Austen's cake. Or Thomas Edison's apple dumplings ……
|Thomas Edison's Apple dumplings|