Recipe idea: Beautiful berry and yogurt breakfast

So my niece Kirstin is in town for a while, visiting from Australia. She loves food and cooking like me, and she’s also a great photographer. The perfect combination for my kitchen, and time to create some food that looks and tastes lovely, too.

Breakfast seems like the perfect place to start, especially as I love berries and they are so abundant this time of year. This is a totally yummy breakfast treat.

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Bring on the berries for breakfast

Serves 2

500g yogurt of your choice (I love Yeo Valley Organic Lemon Curd )

1 handful blueberries

1 handful raspberries

1 handful blackberries

2 tbsps chopped hazelnuts

2 good drizzles of runny honey

Pour the yogurt into a large bowl. Place the berries on top, sprinkle with hazelnuts and drizzle with honey. Tuck in and enjoy.

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A stunning close-up.

The beautifully vibrant green bowl is part of the Premier Housewares Eden Bamboo Tableware range. Perfect for barbecues and picnics (imagine summer salads) or in this case to serve a tasty (and healthy) alfresco breakfast for two. The range comes in three colour choices, is lightweight, strong and easy to clean – and it looks great, too. You can find out more and buy some of these lovely products by clicking on  http://www.homemakersonline.co.uk/search/eden

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Breakfast has never looked prettier

My latest Covent Garden discovery: 21

I spend a lot of time in Covent Garden. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a “new” bar called 21 in the heart of the Piazza, only to be told that it has been there for 30 years! Oops. Goes to show, you can’t know everything. Must work on that.

Anyway, the good news is that 21 is now firmly on my radar. Set over three floors it’s a great spot for a drink – especially upstairs where there’s a fantastic bar with two balconies – heated and covered with umbrellas, so great for all weather. The perfect place to survey the goings on in the Piazza from on high. Love being a tourist in my own town.

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The upstairs balcony is a great spot to be

Then there’s the vaulted cellar restaurant, warm and cosy for chillier days. The menu is Italian and includes a range of smaller dishes, sharing boards of meat and cheese, salads, pastas and pizzas to choose from. At the moment they are doing four tapas-size dishes for £13.95. Great value.

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Get comfortable in the cosy restaurant

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A selection of bruschetta to munch on

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Baby squid and saffron aioli is one of the four dishes for £13.95

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Or how about fried ravioli with chicken liver and truffles?

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Spicy sausage with chickpeas and tomatoes

21 is at 21 The Piazza, Covent Garden, overlooking St Pauls church.