If you love brunch as much as I do, then welcome. We're totally on the same page. I could seriously eat brunch at any time of the day and have been known to order it for lunch and dinner - all day menu permitting when I'm out. If not, then I'm happy to rustle up something at home.
Which got me thinking. If you're pressed for time or different ideas, I'd like to share my Top 10 fall back recipes that can be modified to suit. They're relatively straightforward (I like to keep it simple) and you can make them as healthy or decadent as you like. I'm a foodie, I understand both ends of the spectrum.
So these are in no particular order, but designed to make your life a bit more delicious when:
a) You just can't be bothered going out (or maybe you are too hungover, the weather is miserable or you wanna chill at home). b) You'd like to put your amateur cooking skills to good use. c) You'd like to eat something that is relatively nutritious and doesn't come from a land of processedness (I made that word up).
These are buckwheat pancakes I make from scratch and sandwich together with any sort of nut butter (like chia almonds, or almond spread... stuff like that). I stew apples in cinnamon and layer the pancakes with greek yoghurt sweetened with honey, shredded coconut and more cinnamon. Great for colder weather - as it is real comfort food. If you want the buckwheat pancake recipe - drop me a comment.
This is definitely a favourite of mine. Porridge. I soak the oats overnight in water in the fridge. Cook as per usual, with milk. I then add grated apple (green), loads of cinnamon, lsa, crushed almonds or walnuts, coconut sugar and a bit of shredded coconut and chia seeds. Delish.
Eggs are the one food I think I can not live without. In fact I answered this question yesterday 'What would your last meal on earth be?' with: scrambled eggs with sauteed mushrooms, chilli and fontina cheese. Wow. Talk about simple fare. This healthy dish is a couple of good ol' soft boiled eggs with panfried kale, chilli and a squeeze of lemon juice. Lots of cracked pepper and himalayan sea salt.
This is French toast with a twist. I make it a bit more decadent and use coconut cream instead of milk. I fry it in butter and top with coconut sugar, shredded coconut, fresh banana and a bit of maple syrup. It's a lovely variation if you like coconut. Clearly I do.
And here is the easiest one of them all and super yummy to boot. Just crack a couple of eggs in a pan with olive oil, throw in grated zucchini and fresh herbs (you can even stir fry these a bit beforehand) - and wait till cooked. If you get impatient, then you can turn them into an omelette or lightly scramble them. Top with chilli flakes, tabasco or good old salt and pepper. Voila.
Five quick and easy ideas for your next brunch.
Stay tuned for Part Two this week.