For me, the ultimate lazy day indulgence is a second breakfast. I love Sunday’s spent at home with my partner Phill and little girl Rose, where we chill out together, cook and eat good food. By far, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I could happily have breakfast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For this particularly lazy Sunday at home, I made myself a yummy mason jar breakfast, consisting of layered Just Live A Little almond granola, Clandeboye strawberry yogurt, chopped banana and a drizzle of Canadian maple syrup. It was delicious and Rose even helped herself to some.

I toasted PhilI a Rankin ancient grain muffin and smothered it in real butter…and guess who toddled over for a bite? You guessed it, Rose! You’d think we starved her but she had already polished off two Weetabix at this stage! To keep her occupied I give her an orange whilst we finished our breakfast and sipped on some McCanns Harvest apple juice.

After our first breakfast I spent time editing my latest vlog for my Youtube channel and Phill made me a flat white coffee with Johnsons ground coffee. Another thing I love about Sunday’s is getting to enjoy a ‘proper’ coffee made using our coffee machine. During the week we just don’t have the time for coffee making…unless it’s instant.

I was planning to cook us a fry-up for brunch but I was so full from my mason jar breakfast that we didn’t sit down to eat until after lunch. I made an Ulster Fry with a few twists. Before I began frying everything, I turned the oven on to cook the stuffed cheese and leek mushrooms. I then set about making a homemade tomato relish which I thought would be a nice alternative to tomato ketchup (which we usually have with our fry). I always think you need some sauce with a fry, otherwise it can be very dry to eat.

Once my relish was simmering, I began to fry all the meat, which included bacon medallions (great if you don’t like bacon fat as it’s very lean), Hulls pork sausages and veg roll. I then fried a soda bread, pancake and potato farl, followed by two Cavanagh eggs.

Once everything was almost ready to plate I got Phill to prepare a cafetiere with more Johnsons coffee. Needless to say, Phill and I scoffed our fry and I’m happy to report my homemade tomato relish was a hit. I love the pop of colour the relish gave an otherwise quite beige plate of food!

Willow Lane’s homemade tomato relish

Serves two

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 ‘past their best’ plum tomatoes, quartered
  • Quarter red pepper, finely chopped
  • Quarter red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

  • Heat a little olive oil in a small pot.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, peppers and onions
  • Simmer the ingredients for a few minutes

Add the other ingredients and simmer on a low heat for approximately 20mins