A (ce)real love of breakfast

Yesterday was a good day. I’d already been gifted a gorgeous bottle of ‘Leila’ wine from Egypt, and then when I got home, I had a mystery parcel lying in wait. 

I ripped in to it to find a freebie box of Jordans Country Crisp , and a questionnaire from Jordans asking for feedback about their cereal and how much I might like it. Fact is, I like it an awful lot, and in my family have been dubbed the ‘cereal killer’. We’re always being told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for me it’s nothing less than crucial. I think my days would be a lot sleepier if I didn’t start them with a good fifteen minute muesli workout session. 

Has it always been this way? Well, to a large extent, yes. Over the years I’ve dabbled in Weetabix, Rice Krispies, had the odd Bran Flake experience . There was even that slutty dalliance with Crunchy Nut Cornflakes in my early twenties but it was un-fulfilling and thus short-lived. An ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ kind of thing.

These days, my daily routine is so down-pat that there’s sincere risk of wigging-out if I get up in the morning to discover that we’re out of milk. A worst-case scenario can involve adding some muesli into a tub of natural yoghurt and stirring it around to absorb moisture, but that’s not the same. In the vein of a good mixologist, I’m always on the look out for new flavour combinations. Most days some fruit and or yoghurt are added to the cereal ‘du jour’.

Whilst by no means definitive, here’s my list of current favourites

1) Jordans Fruit & Nut muesli. Loads of hazelnuts and almonds, fat raisins, coconut , papaya and only slightly marred by the over-huge chunks of pineapple. Otherwise, A+

2) Quaker Oat Crisp (the artist formerly known as Oat Krunchies) . Light oaty squares stay crunchy in milk. Good mixed in with muesli.

3) Grape Nuts . Old school. Simple as it gets. Add a sprinkle on to any bowl for a brilliant crunch. 

4) Anything from the Dorset Cereals stable. Particular favourite is the Really nutty one, with cashews and almonds and dried apricots. Quality, luxe stuff.

5) Oaty cheerios -a bit of a compromise between the junky stuff and being ok for you. Not the most virtuous, but I love them.


Empire apples
Yeo Valley low fat natural yoghurt


Super-cold organic milk
Bowl (or tupperware tub if you’re out of bowls)


  1. Hi
    Glad your box of Country cris arrived safe and sound though I don't fancy its chances of surviving very long!
    Let us know what you think, thanks for joining up to the Country Crisp Appreciation Society
    Rachel from Jordans

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.