Frequent readers of this blog are aware by now that I’ve had trouble actually being able to sit down to breakfast most mornings given the weekday rush. However – and mercifully so, at that – I was actually able to sit down at table this morning and enjoyed a couple of new treats I recently picked up on my grocery / convenience store / office-neighborhood Java craving jaunts.
So, what did I have for breakfast? A homemade egg-salad toastie (my mother’s classic recipe), a slice of BreadTalk‘s Soft Cheeze loaf, a fresh cappuccino, and a tub of Pan de Manila‘s cream cheese with anchovy on the side. 😉
The coffee was, believe it or not, actually made from an instant mix. Specifically, this one:
The price tag says it all: I found these Home-Style Cafe Mori instant cappuccino sticks over at 7-11. You have a choice between the mocha and the French vanilla. Both are quite delicious: smooth, full-bodied, and creamy – quite unexpected from something made with an instant mix. It’s not as sweet as other commercial coffee mixes, so the flavor is more bitter than sweet with an appealing bit of smokiness. Plus, you can actually catch a whiff of real chocolate or vanilla in the aroma and the taste.
If, like me, you grew up reading Enid Blyton’s St. Clare’s stories, you may have encountered the anchovy paste episode in the sixth book Fifth Formers at St. Clare’s: snobby Angela Favourleigh asks a wily second-former to make her some anchovy toast. The request, meant to humiliate the younger girl, backfires on the snob who ends up with a mouthful of – horrors! – shoe polish!
Of course, I digress, as the anchovy cream cheese from Pan de Manila is delicious. Smooth to the tongue with tiny bits of real salted anchovy scattered evenly through the tub of cheese. Even if you’re the sort who turns a nose up at funky aromas, I recommend that you try this. Not only is it good on toast, but it’s also wonderful on plain soda crackers, hot pan de sal, and adds loads of flavor to sandwiches. I also recommend using a heaped tablespoon of this instead of the herb-and-garlic cream cheese for either my four-cheese macaroni casserole or my veg ‘n’ three.
…don’t forget to catch X-Men: First Class while it’s still in theatres! (Don’t buy pirated DVDs; they aren’t worth it!) Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn breathes new life into Marvel’s merry mutants and stellar performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender make this a must-see.
(Oh, and watch out for a seriously funny cameo!)