With hundreds of wonderful recipes to cater for every taste it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Whether it’s a table for two or a table for 10, brunch is often the best meal of the weekend.
I like to start with a fruit platter. Whatever fruit is in season obviously works best. Berries always make the platter look brighter and when you add pieces of kiwi, pineapple, melon and papaya it’s almost too pretty to eat.
For drinks brunch can be boozy or healthy, there are no rules. My favorite healthy choice is the smoothie.
This is a delicious way to start your meal and I love the tang of the apricots mixed with the sweetness of honey.
- 3 apricots (remove the pips)
- 1 apple (remove the core)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup yogurt
Blend until smooth.
Bacon and cheese beer bread
I found this recipe years ago, made a few adjustments and it’s a winner every time. The beer is an excellent yeast alternative. You can use any type of beer, even flavored beer.
- 3 cups flour
- 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 slices of cooked bacon crumbled
- 1 cup of grated cheese
- 12 ounces of beer
Preheat the oven to 375 ºF and spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
Combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and add the beer last. Do not over-stir.
Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the top of the bread is golden brown.
Spinach and tomato baked eggs
This dish is a family favorite because it only takes a few minutes to put together so can be made just before the guests arrive.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove finely chopped garlic
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 bunches spinach
- 8 eggs, separated
- Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and sauté. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer for about three minutes.
Add the spinach and as soon as the spinach wilts add the batter to a baking dish.
Beat the egg whites until fluffy then pour them over the mixture. Carefully place the yolks on top of the whites.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the whites are set.