Championship Breakfast

Its Wimbledon again, and the pressure is on for Andy Murray to repeat last year’s miracle win, in that he surprised us all, and may yet do it again. You may have someone else as your personal favourite (Djokovic anyone?), but one thing’s for sure – there’s so much sport to look at, it’s a wonder anyone finds time to exercise.

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Tupelo and Green’s wonderfully presented akara balls and accompaniments

I stumbled across a gorgeous photograph by Tupelo and Green on Twitter, which termed the traditional bean fritter, the ‘akara’ as a breakfast for champions. It is a relatively easy recipe, similar to the Middle Eastern felafel made from chickpeas, but producing a much lighter lighter crunchy bean ball.

Different versions abound, but many include a peppery onion and chilli fried sauce, which can be slathered into a chunk of French baguette before stuffing the fresh-fried, air-light balls of akara in.

Do try this yourself at home. Here is one variation on the recipe available online. And another that ignores the need to remove the skin from the pre-soaked black eyed beans.

And don’t forget your napkin. Incidentally, there are some rather good napkins available on guess-where? Inspired by traditional African textile designs, we have printed our contemporary re-interpretations on a linen/cotton fabric mix that is lovely to touch.

Come on tennis champions. Get yourselves a portion of champion breakfast. And tuck in.

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