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Valentines Breakfast

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us again and for those who are inclined for a little romance that day we’ve got the perfect recipes to treat your loved one to a wonderful morning.

Whole Wheat Heart Pancakes

Slightly more indulgent than your average pancakes but aren’t they worth it.

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 200g white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 240 ml milk
  • 120 ml  full fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings-strawberries, butter, and maple syrup


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.
  2. In a another bowl, combine the wet ingredients; milk, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.
  3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until combined using a wooden spoon, the texture should be like single cream.
  4. Heat a frying pan to medium low heat. Coat with cooking spray or butter if you prefer. Spray the inside of a heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray. Place the cookie cutter on the pan and fill with about 60ml of the pancake batter.
  5. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove cookie cutter and flip carefully with a spatula. Cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  6. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone, you can keep pancakes warm by placing in a warm oven while you make the rest.
  7. Serve pancakes warm with strawberries, butter, and maple syrup, if desired.

If you don’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter, you can pipe the pancake batter into heart shapes using a squirty bottle.

Double Cheese Bacon Grilled Sandwich

Not all of us are in to classic romantic fare of oysters, strawberries and champagne, some of us just want a bacon sandwich that says I love you. Treat yourself and your partner to the ultimate bacon sarnie with the addition of two types of cheese and red onion.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 4 slices of bacon, buy the best you can
  • 1/2 a medium red onion, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese block, shave off 2 slices
  • Mozzarella cheese, cut off 2 thick slices
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread


The best way to make a grilled sandwich is to use a griddle pan to add smokiness to the food but if you don’t have one a frying pan will be fine.

  1. Heat pan for 5 minutes and then place bacon on the surface. Cook for a few minutes then turn over using tongs to cook the other side. You can also put pan under the grill to make the bacon extra crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon once cooked, then grill the sliced onion for 4 to 6 minutes till they are tender, browning and starting to char.
  3. To make sandwiches butter your bread and layer Cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, onion and mozzarella cheese between the slices. Place on the pan and cook for another 5 minutes and then place under the grill to warm the top. Your finished when the cheese has melted throughout.
  4. Serve sliced in two with your loved ones favourite sauces.

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