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Portable Breakfasts
Wed 16-Jun-10
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Shereen
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I start work at 8am these days, partly because it means I miss the traffic jams/overcrowded trains that you get during the real rush hour later in the morning. This means leaving the house at 7:15 at the latest, which is a bit of a downside (until 16:00-16:30 rolls round and it's hometime).

Leaving early doesn't give me a lot of time at home in the morning, and I'm really not good at eating breakfast first thing when I get up (obviously I'm meant to be a lady of leisure!). So I bring breakfast food into the office with me.

This is  usually a scone[1], muffin or pancake with butter and jam. Sometimes it's Pam's banana cake with butter. All very tasty options, but it can get a little boring. I don't do cereal at my desk because frankly it's bad enough dribbling milk down my front without getting it all over the keyboard too. Doh

So, has anyone got any suggestions to liven up my portable breakfast? Ta!

 

 

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Wed 16-Jun-10
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I'm not the best person to advise on breakfast but, could you not make up a 'wrap' the evening before?  It takes me ages to work up an appetite in the morning so usually end up with a slice of toast and Marmite at about 11.00am...

I'll try that again!

Wed 16-Jun-10
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I would recommend making up a fruit salad in a plastic container and taking a pot of yoghurt.  Alternatively just munch your way through your five a day..bananas, apples etc. and so good for you....until you pass the coffee machine with the chocolate / crisp dispenser by the side when you realise that you're sick of fruit. 

I too used to leave early, 5.30 and my drawback was having to stop for petrol....they've got such a good selection that sometimes the fruit went home with me... Yell

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Wed 16-Jun-10
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Shereen, protein is what you need to get you through those hours but the most obvious, boiled eggs, are a little smelly in the office (!), so they're out! (But they would be excellent if you could eat in the car). There's also cheese or cold meats.

Ryvita-type biscuits spread with cream cheese and jam - yum! My kids adored that when they were at school.

Make a veggie hummus (thinking red pepper here), and some crunchy veg - carrot, celery, peppers for that crunch and freshness; or melba toasts. (the veg could be prepared the night before and refrigerated.)

Yogurts, of course, but could be tricky on the keyboard!

Nigella made some broad bean bruschettas, but this is getting to be a picnic here. That's okay if you can manage it!

I'll have some more thoughts, Shereen, and get back if I'm inspired!

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Wed 16-Jun-10
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*takes all the good suggestions, jumbles them around and comes up with cheese and ham wraps*

And I think I can cut them into small enough slices to make them easy office eating. Add in the muesli bar things Brightspark sent me the recipe for and there's variety already!

ToffeeApple - I have to work up to breakfast too. At the weekend I have loads of mugs of tea, before having breakfast around 11 or 12. G thinks this is completely alien as he is one of those "wake up-eat breakfast" types.

ep - I have to watch the fruit intake as it can upset my tummy, but I like the idea of a wee pot of fruit salad. It would be a better variety than the pots of just grapes, or an apple I've been bringing in.

 

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Fri 25-Jun-10
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I try and keep my bread intake down as much as possible so I too find food on the run a bit difficult.  I always have a bowl of salad on the go in the fridge and it tends to be finely diced.  What I do is I take an iceberg lettuce leaf and place a slice of really nice deli ham into the leaf 'cup'. 

The deli in The Courtyard in Carrickfergus has some scrummy ham! 

Then I spoon in some chopped cooked chicken and follow with some of the diced salad (lettuce, onion, cucumber, peppers) and perhaps some chives or corriander from the garden.  Then I simply fold it like I would a wrap.

It's tasty and healthy, great if you have a wheat intollerance too.  Pop it in a plastic box and take it into work.  If you're a vegetarian you could have Quorn or a meat substitute you like.  I don't find that a salad dressing is good though as it makes the 'cup' go soggy!

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Fri 25-Jun-10
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Thanks Allison. I've had lettuce wraps in the Chinese before and they're so very tasty. And a good lunchbox idea for work. Not sure they'd work for breakfast, although there is always the ham and cheese option. Hmm... *ponders*

Tue 19-Oct-10
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if you have a microwave in the office like we do at my place i find an omelette travels extremely well, made the night before and when cool fill with a bit of cheese and bacon and wrap in foil, keeps brilliantly - just reheat at work.

these freeze well too i usually make 3 or 4 at a time and freeze them than all you have to do is whip one out when you go to bed and hey presto! portable brekkie

 

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Tue 19-Oct-10
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread, Steven, and for your really useful addition.

I never considered omelettes for freezing. They would be a great and fast (to thaw) and easy to fill, even with bacon or sausage in a hurry. chef

Also good to use up our summer time egg glut ok

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Tue 19-Oct-10
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Shereen said:

 Hmm... *ponders*


 I think we should invest in an 'Hmm... *ponders* emoticon - I can see it being used extensively.  Hmm - now who do I need to speak very nicely to? (Hmm... *ponders*)

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Tue 19-Oct-10
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steven said:

if you have a microwave in the office like we do at my place i find an omelette travels extremely well, made the night before and when cool fill with a bit of cheese and bacon and wrap in foil, keeps brilliantly - just reheat at work.


 Oooh - omelette + cheese + bacon + foil + microwave ... I bet your days starts with a bit of a bang!devildevilbig_laughbig_laugh

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Tue 19-Oct-10
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When I commuted by train, I would leave the house too early for breakfast - I never feel like eating early in the morning, so I would have breakfast when I got to work.

There was a toaster in the office kitchen so I would make a sandwich before I left home and put it in one of the 'toastabags' so I could cook it when I got to work. I would put cheese, ham, cooked bacon, black pudding, anything like that.

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Wed 20-Oct-10
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wave Hello Steven, welcome to the forum and thank you for jumping in, don't stop now will you, Danny loves it when we get a new chap joining us.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Oct-10
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A little ponder emoticon -  .................

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brightspark said:

A little ponder emoticon -  .................

brightsparklystuff


 

which only appears in a "quote" mode  aargh

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