Happy New Year!! Oh my goodness. It seems like only minutes since we were all running round for those last minute pressies and making sure the cupboards were filled with delicious things to eat and drink, and now it’s all over for another year.
If all that over indulgence has left you desiring something fresh and healthy, yet still delicious, then today’s recipe is for you. These cinnamon oranges are perfect for breakfast, as a light dessert, or as a simple snack.
Last October we went to Disneyland Paris. In just a few short months I went from having no desire at all to go to Disneyland (why would I? It’s commercialised, crowded and expensive isn’t it???), to having been and absolutely, genuinely, loved it.
Earlier this year, when we asked the girls where they would like to go during the October half term, their response was a very definite ‘Disneyland’. So we looked into it, booked it and turned up a few months later not really knowing what to expect.
It was totally fantastic.
We spent three happy days on incredibly clever and well put together rides, watching shows that brought a tear of joy to your eyes (I wasn’t expecting that!), and perusing the shops on Main Street. The atmosphere was fantastic, the weather perfect, and the place was significantly less tacky than we expected.
As part of the package we had pre-booked our evening meals at the buffet style restaurants. We went for buffet style to keep the cost down a little. If I’m honest, this was the bit I was most concerned about. But I needn’t have worried. The food at three of the four restaurants we chose was great. There was plenty to choose from with meat, fish and vegetarian options. It wasn’t all burgers and ribs. They were there if you wanted them but you could also fill your plate with interesting salads and well-cooked meats and sides. The salmon with saffron sauce and the beautifully cooked green beans stand out in my memory.
The food at the fourth restaurant we booked wasn’t just great, it was fantastic. Considering this was mass catering they did incredibly well. The restaurant was called the Agrabah Café – the name doesn’t do it justice. The restaurant itself was based on Aladdin and an Arabian bazaar and it was very well designed. It almost felt like you were eating at a street café in the Middle East.
The food on offer was really good with a selection of starters comprising of salads, stuffed vine leaves, olives, couscous and more.
The mains were also very good. I went for chicken cooked with preserved lemons, lamb tagine and the many and varied salads.
Not being a pudding person I only took a fleeting glance at the desserts, with the intention of going back for a few stuffed vine leaves, but I’m glad that I did as the cinnamon oranges caught my eye.
They were incredibly simple. Just sliced oranges sprinkled with cinnamon as far as I could tell, but they were delicious.
When we got home I was thinking about them and it struck me that they would make a great breakfast at this time of year. Oranges will soon be in season, so it will be easy to find fragrant, sweet ones. Until then you can do as I did if you wish and use a combination of oranges and clementines. Served with cinnamon, they are refreshing, warming and a lovely reminder of brighter days to come.
I like to eat these oranges with a little honey yogurt as this goes incredibly well and makes the dish more substantial. I also like to drizzle a little orange blossom water over the oranges. This is totally optional but adds some punch and is really delicious. I found mine in Hobbycraft of all places, but I’ve also seen it in Lakeland, Waitrose and on Amazon. The brand I bought is Nielsen Massey.
- 1 orange
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon orange flower water (optional)
- Peel the oranges removing all the pith.
- Cut into 0.5cm thick slices and place on a plate, slightly overlapping. Sprinkle over the orange flower water if using then lightly sprinkle over the cinnamon (I like to put the cinnamon in a tea strainer or sieve to do this).