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Change For Life Challenge- Saturday

Breakfast- Potato and Poached Egg Hash

I chose this recipe because it sounded like a naughty weekend breakfast but it is surprisingly only 194 calories per portion and the portion is a fair size for breakfast.



I love fried potato and bacon, who doesn’t? And the addition of the tomatoes and spring onions made it taste fresh and less stodgy.

The cooking times for this were spot on but that is assuming you have already cooked and chilled the potatoes or have some left over from the day before. If you need to cook the potatoes at the same time, add another 20 minutes to the recipe. Fried potatoes work better with cold potatoes but it isn’t essential.

I love poached egg and you can’t beat a nice runny one in my opinion but that of course is up to you.

Perfect weekend breakfast!

Perfect weekend breakfast!

Recipe- serves 4

194 calories per portion, 10 minutes prep time, 20 minutes cooking time


3 tsp vegetable oil

3 lean rashers of back bacon, chopped

400g cold cooked potatoes, cut into chunks

4 spring onions, finely chopped

4 tomatoes, chopped

4 eggs

Freshly ground pepper

What to do:

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the bacon, cooking it for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook over a medium heat for 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned.

2. add the spring onions and tomatoes and cook over a low heat for another 4-5 minutes, while poaching the eggs.

3. Poach the eggs in simmering water for 3-4 minutes, until the whites are set and the yolks still runny. (Like them firmer? Poach them for longer).

4. Share the potato hash between 4 warm plates and place a poached egg on top. Add a pinch of black pepper and serve.

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Change 4 Life Challenge- Tuesday

Breakfast- Forest Fruit Smoothie

This super easy smoothie is already a staple breakfast for me and is just as quick as toast and butter but a much healthier start to the day.  The preparation time states 6 minutes but I did it much quicker than that.

Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothie Ingredients

I used frozen forest fruits because that’s what the recipe said but it works well with any fruit, frozen or fresh. I often use frozen raspberries or fresh mango or sometimes just banana on its own.

Frozen fruits are great in smoothies because they are already cold and add a different texture. I like the addition of the yogurt but it is optional so entirely up to you. It’s sometimes nice to add a bit of fruit juice too if you don’t fancy it too milky.

I do my best to eat my 5 a day and this is a really good way of getting there and all before 9am! I had this with muesli but I could have just as easily enjoyed double the quantity with anything else.

I had mine with muesli but it would be fine on it's own

I had mine with muesli but it would be fine on its own

Recipe- serves 4

157 calories per portion, 6 minutes prep time, 1 minute cooking time.


1 large banana

150g frozen forest fruits

150g low-fat natural yogurt (optional)

750ml semi-skimmed or 1% fat milk

What to do:

1. Slice the banana into a blender and add the frozen fruit (no need to thaw it first).

2. Add the low-fat yogurt and milk.

3. Blend together for 15-20 seconds, then pour into 4 glasses. Enjoy straightaway, with your cereal or wholemeal toast.

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10 Maryport- Penylan’s hidden gem!

On Sunday 23rd October at 10am, I felt like I was the only person in Wales as I drove through Penylan on my way to meet Kate, the owner of the lovely 10 Maryport Cafe and to have a spot of breakfast. With everyone watching the world cup final the roads were deserted but I got a lovely warm welcome when I arrived and had the place to myself!

As I walked in, I was struck by how homely it felt. I had been to 10 Maryport before when it first opened about a year ago and it has changed quite a bit since then. It has developed a real warm, cosy feel with its comfy sofas at the front of the shop, shelves on the wall which are home to a quirky teapot lamp and books, magazine rack and notice board.

The decor is clean and fresh in white but with these new touches and more pictures added to the walls, it create a perfect balance between fresh and cosy. I have issue with going into cafes and restaurants alone, I find it quite uncomfortable but this is the sort of place I could happily sit with a coffee and a book.

As the match finished, customers began to trickle in and Kate was attentive to them all, stopping to chat and effortlessly bantering with the children. One thing that really appealed to me is that 10 Maryport is very child friendly. Children are clearly welcome and as well as space for puchchairs, changing facilities and high chairs, there is even a special childs menu. This isn’t just your average small portions either. Children can have jam, cheese or ham sandwiches cut into the shape of a teddy bear! What a lovely idea.

For us adults, we can choose from a range of breakfast options, brunch or Paninis. All options are simple favourites which again adds to the homely atmosphere. Sandwiches range from £3.25-£3.95 and are served with a salad garnish and paninis range from £3.75-£4.25 with a good range of meat and vegetarian options.

I opted for some Welsh Rarebit from the breakfast menu which was served with homemade caramelised onion chutney. The bread was chunky, it had lashings of cheese and the chutney was sweet and sticky. All as it should be and very nice.

10 Maryport also do afternoon tea at a good price. For £9 per person, you can tuck into a selection of sandwiches, a slice of homemade cake or scone with jam and clotted cream, served with your choice of hot drink. Cream teas are another option at just £5.

After a year of trading, 10 Maryport is beginning to find its niche and although there is a good selection of tea on offer, Coffee is proving to be the favourite, as is the breakfast menu. In such close proximity to Roath Park I think once people know 10 Maryport is there, it could become very popular indeed. When you’re next walking round Roath Lake, I suggest you visit 10 Maryport Cafe and see what you think. I will certainly be back.

My Last Mouthful was: Welsh Rarebit with onion chutney


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