Breakfasts for those special occasions

Sometimes cereal and toast just don't cut it. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, on those special occasions like Mother’s Day, a birthday or an anniversary, a breakfast with a difference can provide the perfect start. That doesn’t have to mean a fry-up.

Breakfast of champions

For classy breakfasts look back to the days of the British empire. Kedgeree is a classic Anglo-Indian dish that is tasty and hearty. Smoked fish and boiled eggs are already familiar to some British breakfast tables. Add a little rice and mild curry flavouring and enjoy the kind of breakfast they sampled in the hill-stations back in the 19th century.

Another aristocratic indulgence, devilled kidneys are an exotic treat for those who enjoy offal and who like to think they belong in an Edwardian gentlemen’s club. Soak the kidneys in some milk for 30 minutes before cooking in a little Worcester sauce, grain mustard and cayenne. When they are browned, add a dash of sherry. The kidneys are best served on warm toast with plenty of butter.

The perfect hangover breakfast, huevos rancheros are a combination of Mexican spice and filling comfort food. Corn tortillas are the base for fried aggs and a salsa of tomato, chilli, softened onion and coriander. Adjust the chilli levels according to how much spice you like in the morning.

For those who like a healthy start to the day, fresh fruit salad served with pancakes offers an invigorating option. Fresh sliced pineapple, peach, strawberries and blueberries are the garnish for plain or buckwheat pancakes, drizzled with a little maple syrup or plain yoghurt.

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