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Breakfast in bed, the perfect Valentine’s day

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, we asked one of our new favourite food bloggers, Kate Baker, to give us some ideas for a romantic start to the morning

   

Breakfast in bed

 

Valentine’s day. Breathtakingly exciting for 10 year olds, mortifying for teenagers and pretty much non-existent for anyone with kids. But hold on! If anybody deserves to be told that you love them, it’s the person with whom you have shared night feeds, 5am episodes of Ben & Holly and that sinking feeling when you realise you don’t understand your child’s homework.

 

And this is why I think breakfast in bed is exactly what we should all be bringing back this Valentine’s day (and frankly, any other Sunday morning that finds you both at home). I confess that as somebody who struggles with early mornings, sneaking back to bed with a plate of toast and a coffee is absolutely one of my favourite things – so to make it a bit special for your loved one this February, here are my top tips for a romantic breakfast in bed.

 

Focus on your surroundings – if you’re planning a romantic surprise the next morning, spend a couple of minutes clearing the stage the night before. I’m not suggesting you re-decorate, however nothing kills the mood like a week’s worth of unfolded laundry winking at you from the corner of the room.

 

Get your good stuff out – don’t save beautiful bed linens or gorgeous crockery for best – use them, love them and appreciate the pleasure that little luxuries bring to our lives. I love crisp white linen, supersoft throws, huge scatter cushions to lean into and I have a thing for beautiful coffee cups.

 

Keep it simple – this is a treat, now is not the time for a painstakingly complicated cooking session. I’ve put my favourites here…

  • Toast and marmalade with coffee – it seems really obvious, but the key thing here is to use great ingredients – proper butter, sourdough bread, good (preferably local) marmalade and decent coffee. It’s always popular in our house and the kids can help too if you want them to.

 

  • An oldie but a goody. Salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado sprinkled with nigella seeds for a bit of added interest and served on rye toast.

 

  • Stir some rhubarb compote (homemade or shop bought – whatever works for you) through a small bowl of Greek yoghurt. Sprinkle over some crushed pistachios and drizzle with runny honey. Serve with a warm croissant to rip up and dunk and the fruit tea of your choice. Easy, delicious and looks amazing.

 

  • Porridge, with anything you like – the world is your oyster!  When I have time to make it properly, I like mine with bananas, honey and figs. I like it even more when someone else has made it for me.

 

  • If you’re really pushed for time, you can easily find ready to cook croissants or pain au chocolate in the frozen section of your local supermarket. Sling a couple in the oven while you feed the dog and hey presto – breakfast in bed!

Attention to detail – STOP! Before you take that tray upstairs have a look at it. A small posy of flowers, the newspaper and a handwritten note make a huge difference – heck, it IS Valentines after all!

And finally….

Make a habit of it. Catch up together, let the kids in for a snuggle and turn a blind eye to the toast crumbs – it’s the little rituals that turn our homes into havens.

 

Words and pictures by Kate Baker  – Food and lifestyle blogger

EastDevonEats.com

 

 

 

 

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Because you’re worth it – why you should invest in quality Egyptian cotton bedding for a good night’s sleep.

It’s no secret that we all love our beds, but the physical and mental benefits of regular good sleep is becoming increasingly apparent. A 2017 book by neuroscientist Matthew Walker revealed that sleep is much more important for our health and happiness than previously thought and that getting less sleep than we need (a massive 8 hours!) increases our chances of getting diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, and can actually shorten our life-spans.

Achieving that perfect 8 hour slumber is easier said than done though. Most of us are aware that we need comfortable, supportive mattresses and optimal sleeping conditions – a regular bedtime routine, low-lighting, good ventilation, and an absence of screens in the bedroom. But the bedding we sleep in should also be a priority. The material we choose to wrap ourselves in and that is in contact with our skins for 1/3 of our lives is a key ingredient in the recipe for comfortable and revitalising sleep.

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Egyptian Cotton – simply the best.

Pure Egyptian cotton has long had the reputation of being the softest and most luxurious material for bedding – and rightly so. The secret to its quality lies in the special characteristics of the Egyptian cotton species. The climate and particular environmental conditions where it is grown in the Nile Delta creates a longer, thinner, and stronger staple (fibre) which when woven produces a uniquely fine and durable fabric with a supremely soft texture. It is light and breathable, and the strength of the fibres mean that the fabric lasts for years, can be machine washed and tumble dried, in fact, becoming softer and even more luxurious over time with repeated washing.

 

Thread Count. The only way is up – or is it?

The thread count of the fabric is a measure of the threads in a square inch and it is the thinner, finer staples of Egyptian cotton that enable it to be woven tightly into a super fine, high thread-count material. Beware of very high thread count (over 800) cheaper cotton varieties as these have had extra threads woven in which artificially raises the thread count, but doesn’t enhance the quality, durability or texture of the fabric.

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Invest for good rest.

There are a lot of high-thread count 100% cotton sheets available on the market, but as we have seen, many of these are not all that they appear to be. The best quality, longest-lasting and most comfortable sheets are made from single-ply genuine Egyptian cotton, grown and hand-picked in Egypt, with a thread-count no higher than 600. The finest bedding is woven in Europe (specifically Italy) which has a long tradition of craftsmanship in weaving and where specialist looms, dyeing and finishing techniques are used. This bedding comes with a higher price-tag than other cotton variety and blended material sheets woven elsewhere, but if you invest wisely and follow the care instructions, you can look forward to many years of use and comfort. When you are shopping for bedding therefore, look out for labels with 100% cotton or pure Egyptian cotton on them, check where the sheets have been woven, feel the material, hold it up to the light (it shouldn’t be thin or see-through) – and if the price seems too good to be true – it most probably is!

 

 

Don’t just take our word for it though, try for yourself. Order free swatches of our pure Egyptian cotton bedding fabric and you’ll see what we mean – email: sales@dormitoryuk.com

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