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Brunch

Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:03 pm

Seeing Sakkarin's lovely pizza and dislike of the word 'brunch' (it isn't great is it?) reminded me that I think I am making one in a couple of weeks, it will really be lunch on a Sunday from about 11am if so and mostly buffet style.

If invited to brunch at that time, what food would you hope to see and if you were serving one and didn't want too much faff, what would you offer?

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Re: Brunch

Postby Pepper Pig » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:14 pm

I would hope to see kedgeree because I love it and my OH hates it so I never make it. You don’t see it much in the sort of places I eat these days.

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Re: Brunch

Postby ZeroCook » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:21 pm

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Sounds like fun EM - how many people and any food perameters? Veggies? Allergies etc?


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Re: Brunch

Postby karadekoolaid » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:52 pm

I´d just love a plate of Huevos Rancheros.
or blinis with sour cream, smoked salmon and caviar.(Doesn´t have to be the real thing -salmon or trout roe will do!)
Or an Indian (Punjabi) breakfast I had once: chole, kachumbar and bhatura.

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Re: Brunch

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:17 pm

Kedgeree is good - I did it one New Year's Day for a hangover brunch

Trying to think of other things


It does depend on number of people and ages - if there are children, sausages always go down well and are easy to do in the oven

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Re: Brunch

Postby WWordsworth » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:18 pm

We just happen to be having kedgeree for dinner tonight 8-)

For me, a brunch has to include buck's fizz or bloody Mary.

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Re: Brunch

Postby Suelle » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:22 pm

Something based on eggs is always good - a large tortilla/frittata. Some thickly sliced ham. Crusty bread.

Selection of pastries - Danish, croissants, muffins.

Fresh fruit salad.
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Re: Brunch

Postby Pepper Pig » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:46 pm

Way back in the day when I did such things I used to put either my husband or kids on pancake duties.

I agree about sausages if there are children involved.

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Re: Brunch

Postby Amyw » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:53 pm

Pancakes might be quite nice as a sweet option . Blueberries and bacon are nice . I love huevos rancheros and Bloody Mary/prosecco has to be a must . Buying in some pastries /bread is good and saves some prep . I like some nice fruit , Greek yoghurt and decent granola /muesli

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Re: Brunch

Postby WWordsworth » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:10 pm

Forget the children.
My husband would be the one having a tantrum should there be no sausages.

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Re: Brunch

Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:48 pm

It would be 3 ladies including me, the other two both celebrating 50th birthdays that week and GD.

I'm not sure they'd be mad about kedgeree or huevos rancheros and I hate making pancakes but there are some good suggestions and sausages are always well received. Danish pastries would go down well and the fruit/yogurt etc. I think perhaps a 'Continental' breakfast kind of thing would work well.

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Re: Brunch

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:00 pm

We have brunch a lot at the weekend. It’s a good time to socialise if you have young children so we often meet friends out or take it in turns to host at our houses. It’s a very relaxed affair :D

I love blueberry and lemon pancakes dusted with icing sugar and garnished with extra lemon wedges, or a spicy hash, or anything with salmon. Pastries, decent coffee, or baked eggs in ramekins with whatever you like to add to them. Fresh fruit and yoghurt. You could make some savoury or sweet muffins in advance and warm them through. Crumpets topped with spinach, chutney and oozy cheese. I’d pick a sweet and a savoury item and stick with that!

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Re: Brunch

Postby KeenCook2 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:25 pm

I am very partial to bagels and cream cheese and smoked salmon! With pepper. And a squeeze of lemon.

Bagels are pretty hefty so maybe mini-bagels - I am sure I've seen them? Or am I imagining it?

Or bagels and smoked salmon and scrambled egg.

OH has always liked cinnamon French toast with maple syrup.

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Re: Brunch

Postby scullion » Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:38 am

glamorgan sausages with hot dog rolls and homemade baked beans (or gigantes plaki) with toast or nice bread.

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Re: Brunch

Postby ZeroCook » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:39 am

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Another vote for smoked salmon here. Good place to begin.<mb badly in need of some heart emoticons!>

Clive mentioned blinis, caviar, sour cream. Luca has a great blini recipe as I recall.

A table full of mostly bought bits. What I wouldn't be able to resist: warm blinis (bough or made day before), fresh bagels sliced across into little rounds, pot of sour cream, chives, lemon wedges, pot of cream cheese, pot or two of caviar (I get the cheap stuff all the time, red, black, whatever), smoked salmon, maybe a pot of smoked mackerel or smoked trout pate, pickles or cornichons, good bowl of warm scrambled eggs, warm croissants (lidl does some of the best high street ones, seriously), some nice preserves, some soft spready cheese, bits of fresh fruit, maybe pains aux chocolat or similar to share, glasses of iced cold water plain or sparkling or pressed apple juice or fresh orange juice, coffees or teas, bone dry cold cava or white wine. Good company. Almost zero cooking. Heaven.


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Re: Brunch

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:41 am

Mention of Lidl reminds me Iceland do great butter croissants and other fancy baked goods suitable for brunches in their DeLuxe range, at a very good price. Also good smoked haddock in the freezer for kedgeree

I’m a bit puzzled by bagels. What you get everywhere now are “New York“ bagels which are bigger and glossier than the traditional East End biegal - that’s not just stereotyping, it’s true! I used to eat one with chopped herring or chopped liver or lox and schmear (smoked salmon & cream cheese) plus one with egg & onion or plain cream cheese for lunch, could never have eaten 2 NY bagels

Don’t think anyone has mentioned bacon? If you are doing kedgeree as the main item ham etc might be better - a platter of cold cuts is easy and goes well with fancy breads

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Re: Brunch

Postby Suelle » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:10 am

Bagels puzzles me too, as supermarket bagels are only edible when hot, IMO. Not easy to achieve on a buffet table.

Numbers for this brunch are low, so I'd provide just a few things that are universally appealing, so that you're not eating leftovers for the next few meals. For low numbers you could probably manage a hot dish such as scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and toast, or something similar.
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Re: Brunch

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:37 am

I agree about bagels, I do like them all the same. Cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels (or blinis) sound just the thing.

It's interesting to see what different people would like. I think for the people involved, bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, scrambled egg, pastries or croissant, perhaps some bread for toast and fruit and yogurt would hit the spot admirably.

I have had Lidl croissants and pastries but not Iceland. Useful to know.

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Re: Brunch

Postby scullion » Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:03 pm

Suelle wrote:Bagels puzzles me too, as supermarket bagels are only edible when hot, IMO. Not easy to achieve on a buffet table.

agree. i rarely buy bagels now. i would only eat half of one as i find them a bit dense, sweet and carb heavy for the amount of topping that can, safely, be piled on. they are probably the last thing i would chose from a menu if eating brunch out.
what about a morning twist on an afternoon tea? individual bacon and egg tarts, sausage sandwiches and savoury flapjacks.

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Re: Brunch

Postby Pampy » Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:46 pm

I'm not a lover of bagels - too dense and sweet for me.

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