2013 is ostensibly the year of the breakfast and about time too. Is it just me or is everything (about breakfast) shit? From dried flakes of corn sprayed with vitamins for a premium price in an irritatingly bright box to wannabe continental pastries that flop with industrial man-handling to ‘gourmet’ museli (oats with extras in a brown box) to the likes of a grande iced half caf triple mocha latte macchiato with a shot of Christmas gingerbread syrup to go, the British breakfast is in dire need of holding its head high above the seething cesspit of marketing ploys that has become the first meal of the day.
Shayne House has been hot on the brew of one of the world’s most ancient beverages since he co-founded the Tea Appreciation Society in 2007 with designer Stephen Nelson. The raisons d’être of the cause are noble and brave indeed: they draw on the 1909 manifesto of the Futurists, flip it on its head and in doing so, destroy it. continue reading
Breakfast foods have experienced more fame in the press of late than a Kate Middleton hemline: who’d have thought that breaking your fast could provoke such a media frenzy? What with Farmhouse Breakfast Week at the end of January, doomsayers prophesying the demise of marmalade, porridge sales rocketing and Trewithen Dairy’s GreenBottle launching in supermarkets across Cornwall, I almost pity the flaccid croissant- guzzlers that are our continental counterparts. continue reading