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Sunday Brunch

It’s back! I know it’s been a while between foodie posts but I’m launching back in with something that’s very close to my heart – a spotlight on the quintessential lazy Sunday brunch.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in my opinion, there really is nothing like lazing about all morning with your beloved, sitting in the sun with a good book and a freshly brewed coffee (or fresh juice in my case) and enjoying a tasty meal that will keep you satisfied for hours.

Read on for all the recipes you’ll need to whip up a bountiful brunch for your nearest and dearest, and for more of my themed food and entertaining posts, check out Bohemian Dreams and the Backyard BBQ.

To me, brunch is about simplicity. When I think brunch, I envisage easy-to-prepare food, colourful fruit platters covering a crochet-swathed table, fresh bread from the farmers markets and the smell of coffee wafting through the air.

There’s something about brunch with friends that spells ‘weekend.’ It’s about relaxing and indulging. Maple syrup drizzled pancakes piled high with a cheeky scoop of ice-cream and cheesy omelettes with side of bacon are all totally encouraged. There’s nothing better, in fact.

And the best part? If you can’t eat it all at once, there’s nothing wrong with spending the whole day feasting with your fabulous company in the sun.

If only every day could be a Sunday!

Savoury

 

Baked Eggs

I make baked eggs a couple of times a week and their beauty lies in the fact that they’re super simple to whip up but look “gourmet” – making them perfect to serve at brunch with friends.

You will need:

One egg
1 – 2 mushrooms
Half a handful of baby spinach
2 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato pasta sauce
Cheese – fetta or tasty work well
Bacon, basil and cream/ milk (optional)

1. Pre-heat over to 180 degrees.
2. Sautee mushrooms, baby spinach and any other ingredients you decide to throw in (obviously cook the bacon if you decide to use that – I don’t normally add it in).
3.  Lightly grease a ramekin or muffin tray with oil/ butter.
4. Add all ingredients to ramekin, crack egg over top and sprinkle cheese on last.
5. Cook for 15 minutes on 180 degrees.

Breakfast Pizza

Makes 2 pizzas

Pizza bases *
Salt
6 strips bacon
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 cups grated mozzarella
6 large eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 spring onions thinly sliced

For instructions, view original recipe on Smitten Kitchen.

Sweet

 

Raw Fruit Crumble

Serves 4-6

You will need:

Almond cream:

1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp agave nectar (or maple syrup, raw honey)
Seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean (or 1 tsp extract)
Pinch of salt

Crumble:

1 cup nuts or seeds of your choice (pecans, walnuts, almonds and hemp seeds)
3/4 cup pitted medjool dates
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
A smidgin of seeds from the vanilla bean (or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 tsp salt

For instructions, view original recipe on First Mess.

Fresh Pear and Dried Fig Bran Bake

You will need:

Wet

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
½ fresh pear, diced
1 dried fig, chopped
2 egg whites
2 tbsp unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp blackstrap molasses (can buy in supermarkets in spreads aisle or health food store)

Dry

¼ cup unprocessed bran
1 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp raw hulled buckwheat
1 tbsp black chia seeds
¼ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Toppings

Yoghurt *

Other goodies

¼ pear, diced
1 dried fig, chopped
1 tbsp pistachios, chopped
1 tbsp honey

For instructions, view original recipe on The Healthy Foodie.

Coconut Macaron Pancakes

Makes a dozen or so large pancakes.

You will need:

1 and 3/4 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)
1 /4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose or regular pastry flour)
3 cups unsweetened dried shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 large eggs whisked in a medium bowl
1/4 cup natural cane sugar or brown sugar

For instructions, view original recipe on 101 Cookbooks.

Blood Orange, Mango and Peach Granita

Serves 4

You will need:

1 mango, peeled, flesh cut into round pieces
3 ripe yellow peaches, stone removed, cut into chunks
2 cups fresh blood orange juice
Juice 1 lemon

For instructions, view original recipe on What Katie Ate.

Smoothies are so versatile and you can literally throw in whatever your tastebuds desire but if you want to crank things up a notch or ten, follow the instructions above for a sensational power smoothie – these bad boys are the BEST!

+ Over to you now: Are you a brunch-lover? What’s your favourite breakfast/ brunch recipe? Is anyone else hungry right now?

Images and Recipes Sources: Moodboard images; Raw Fruit Crumbles;  Fresh Pear and Dried Fig Bran BakeCoconut Macaron PancakesBlood Orange, Mango and Peach Granita

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7 Responses to “Sunday Brunch”

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  1. my goodness, that raw fruit crumble looks amazing!

  2. Connie says:

    I LOVE that go to guide for green smoothie making. It is fabulous!!! Where did you come across that? xxx

  3. Rach - In Spaces Between says:

    Connie, I found it on Pinterest and normally wouldn’t post anything without a source but it was too good not to share. The link seemed “corrupted” when I clicked through so going to keep hunting to see if I can find the original source. x

  4. Jennifer says:

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear!! All of this looks AMAZING! I wish it was still Sunday & not the beginning of my Pre-Christmas body blitz! But I’m definitely going to give some of these recipes a go next weekend! :)

  5. Rach - In Spaces Between says:

    Haha, pre-Xmas body blitz? That’s TOUGH! x

  6. jazziefizzle says:

    Oh I love love love breakfast and brunch – we have a decent cook up at least once a weekend! Always with a coffee and enjoyed leisurely, it is such an important part of the week.

    Those little miniature french toast pieces are divine, such a cute way to serve them! And I really must try baked eggs, they look so good!

    I am a big fan of crepes, pancakes and french toast (for some reason I get such a sweet tooth at brekky) topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit. Otherwise a poached egg on fresh bread with avocado and sauteed mushrooms/asparagus/spinach does the trick, while remaining relatively healthy!

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