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Secret Breakfast

An exclusive newsletter, the best place to start your day by mixing coffee with orange juice and giving your kids better snacks (o just keeping the recipes for yourself)
Hi there!

You're reading Secret Breakfast #99, and even if it is possible that I have miscalculated a couple of issues back in the years, this is the eve of one of the longest streaks I've ever completed in my life. 

I'm sure I cooked dinner at home for more than 99 consecutive weeks, and I'm sure I've slept almost regularly for hundreds of weeks, but I'm sure I haven't been that consistent in many other aspects of life. 

Consistency is tricky.

Good consistency is when you can make an experience good every single time. A cold can of Coke does the trick for me (except if I've just brushed my teeth).

Bad consistency is bad, as the days you've lived and you know they left nothing in you, as the choices you don't make and that leave you with something less every day.

I wish you a day of good consistency

Piero

Picture: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images
THE BEST QUOTE
→  Stephen King, Fairy Tale (🇮🇹Italian edition). A well-written reminder about not being an asshole. 
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
THE STRUGGLE TO FILL OUR KIDS' SNACK BOX
It's that time of the year. Kids are at school full time and probably you gave them the quickest industrial snack you could find (I just did). All our grown-up good intentions of homemade healthy stuff are already over.

But there's still time - if you have time to get in the zone - to make it right. 

Lemon curd bliss balls and other Taste Australia's back-to-school snack ideas (★recipes)

Spicy Sriracha Popcorn (WTF) and others 21 Easy After-School Snacks That Will Keep Your Kids Feeling Energized (★recipes)

Chocolate cake batter mix and other 18 homemade Snacks for School (★recipes)

Good luck with the kids. Any idea you wanna share?

Screenshot IHOP/YOUTUBE
Dinner in one
★★★1/2

I think me and Melissa Clark clicked the day I read about her Thanksgiving With One Pot and One Pan (★recipe). That feeling must have seduced many more people because now she has written a book about one-pot/one-pan meals, and it is a full arsenal of efficient dinner ideas for couples or middle-sized families. Start with these: Cheesy Baked Pasta with Tomato, Sausage, and Ricotta (★recipe); Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Olives (★recipe); Crispy Lemon Chicken with Potatoes, Oregano, and Capers (★recipe).

Dinner in One  by Melissa Clark
→ Shortplot:
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RANDOM ACTS OF HUNGER
This is the space where I share some food (un)related stuff of my week 

 🇬🇧The British guy who traveled for three weeks in Europe and decided that British food is the best. Hilarious 📃The New Wave of Tasting Menus Is Affordable and Approachable 🍅This Chinese Tomato-Egg Stir-Fry Is a Light and Easy Dinner (recipe) 🌶Kerala Cuisine is on fire right now. Fancy some Malabar beef appam? (recipe, one in millions, I suppose) 🍊Am I too late for a bumblebee coffee? (★recipe) 🍝Tomato again: Heidi Swanson's 5-Minute Tomato Sauce (★recipe) 🥛There were hidden people in Vermeer's famed Milkmaid painting 🔪The Menu (▶︎trailer) Is Not What You Expect— It’s Better 📚Eater's 10 Best Cookbooks of Fall (we'll get back to them) 🍽Bon Appétit's 50 Best New Restaurants of 2022  in the US 👑Wait, a Queen Elizabeth Cake exists, it's Canadian and it involves dates (★recipe)
FOOD FOR LATER
Danya Issawi  / The Cut
Oysters washed down with a dirty martini are the snack of the moment. Why? "Consider them, then, the Pete Davidsons of food: gorgeous in their own way, heavily consumed by beautiful people, and, yet, equalizing and totally not intimidating". 
Monica Dus  / The Conversation
High-fat-food diets are associated with lower cognitive function and memory. "Elevated consumption of refined sugars and saturated fats – a combination commonly found in ultra-processed foods – promotes eating by desensitizing the brain to the hormonal signals known to regulate satiety". We've been served.
Stacey Ballis  / Food & Wine
There's a lot more than tea. And it rhymes with gin. 
SEASON 2 - ISSUE 99
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