If you ever find yourself in a breakfast rut, this is the book to reach for. Hugo Woolley is something of a master when it comes to the first meal of the day. This latest book from Hugo also includes recipes for that ingenious interlude between breakfast and lunch, that is brunch.
Hugo runs the Woodlands Park Hotel in Padstow with his wife Pippa, and breakfast is high on the agenda there. Besides being a delightful place to stay (complete with its own honesty bar), Hugo’s breakfasts are some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of eating. Having been involved in catering for many years, Mr Woolley has a fair bit of experience with food. He ran the journalists’ haunt, El Vino on Fleet Street, trained up Hugh Hefner’s bunny girls, opened up his own sandwich shop in the city, and started up a successful sausage company, supplying Harrods, Fortnum & Masons and Selfridges. At Woodlands Park Hotel, his attention is focused in a particular meal-time direction: breakfast.
The Book of Breakfast & Brunch contains well-known favourites such as eggy bread, granola and American pancakes. But it also features some odd brekkie options like Coffee Compote Crumble, Bacon & Marmalade Sarnies and Death by Hot Chocolate! What a way to start a morning. There are over 100 recipes in this book for breakfast and brunch, so eating the same thing day-in-day-out, doesn’t have to be the reality. If you’ve been a toast & jam person for the last year, why not try Cinnamon Hotcakes, Ramekins of Ham or Coldstream Eggs?
Besides filling your weekly breakfast options with a big serving of variety, Hugo’s latest book reinforces the notion that breakfast really counts. “It not only invigorates your intelligence; it lowers stress and (believe it or not) keeps the weight down - even reduces it!” says Hugo. If there was ever a reason to hold breakfast in such high esteem, those three points are surely reason enough to get the frying pan out.
B&B – The Book of Breakfast & Brunch, by Hugo Woolley is priced at £9.95 (+ £1.50 p&p), and is available to purchase online from http://www.bandbbook.co.uk/.
Special offer: Readers can order a copy of the book at £9.95, and FREE postage & packaging, if they send their name, address and telephone number by email to hugo[at]breakfastbook.co.uk, mentioning ‘iLoveMyGrub’. If you would like the book dedicated to someone special, just include the person’s name in your email.
Hugo’s top five breakfast tips
- “Use the best produce – you can’t compromise. You’ve got to have the best sausages, the best bacon and the freshest of eggs.”
2.“With fried bread, if you fry it in really hot clean oil, you literally fry the surface. It turns it brown and gives you the taste, but you haven’t soaked it in oil so it won’t saturate your veins. If it’s greasy, it’s just going to make an unpleasant breakfast.”
3.“Don’t overcook anything, otherwise you’ll end up with dry eggs and bacon that taste like cardboard.”
4.“Eat fish for breakfast as well as meat – it’s very good for you.”
5.“Last but not least, the most important thing is to eat breakfast. You can forget about lunch, you can forget about supper – you can forget every meal but breakfast!”
Hugo’s Brunch & Breakfast books
Woodlands Country House Hotel
For more information on Woodlands Country House Hotel, visit:
Woodlands Country House Hotel: Treator, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8RU.
Written by: Helenka Bednar