“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting…..it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – Guy Beringer, “Brunch: A Plea,” Hunter’s Weekly, 1895
The French term it “le grand petit dejuener”, the rest of the world calls it brunch; put simply, it is just like a King’s breakfast eaten between breakfast and lunch but on Sundays it is best eaten at any time of the day. Enjoy your lazy Sunday by waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee beans and the sound of eggs sizzling in a pan. This is your day to revel in the glory of food and eat your heart out without feeling any guilt. Make yourself feel special by treating yourself to a hearty brunch, after a long, hard week.
Refresh Yourself with a Glass of Fresh Juice
Before lunging towards your coffee/tea machine, a nice glass of chilled fruit juice or smoothie will help kick start your day and take away the pains of the night before:
Orange Juice with Framboise:
The sweet, yet tangy taste of orange juice along with its high content of vitamin C makes it an ideal choice for your day. Sweeten the taste by adding a few drops of framboise. The shades of pink against the backdrop of the sunburst orange hues would be enough to awaken your senses
Peach and Yoghurt Juice
Believe it or not, this concoction was offered to me on a plane during their breakfast service. It was termed as a morning energy drink; and the stewardess was right, my groggy eyes suddenly started to open. Simply blend fresh peach juice with yoghurt and add some honey, to sweeten the deal. It is a must try to make your weariness disappear. The airline stewardess actually made a believer out of me.
Though slightly heavy and can be a meal on their own, some people prefer having a smoothie with their brunch. You can check out the recipe for making a smoothie in one of my earlier blog posts “5 Summer Treats to help bring the Temperature Down”.
A heavy Saturday night requires a quick fix remedy to take away the bricks pounding on your head. Blend some tomato juice with worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Pour it over a glass filled with ice and top with a celery stick. Sip throughout the course of your meal and you may feel better, depending on how heavy the night was
Spicy Food Fare
As you would be able to tell by now, spices are to me what garlic is to the Italians; a must in every food. Hence my version of fluffy omelets requires chillis. You can reduce the amount of chillies depending on your palette.
Chilli Omelet with Pepper Jack Cheese
- 3 eggs
- 4-5 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
- 3 small green chillis, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- Handful of cilantro, chopped
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, chillis, salt, pepper and cilantro. Use large, round strokes while whisking with a fork so that air is allowed in, making the omelet soft and fluffy.
- Add a pat of butter to a frying pan and swirl the pan around to coat evenly
- Add the egg mixture and let it cook for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides to avoid the omelet from sticking to the pan
- Once the edges are cooked, add the cheese in the center of the omelet and let it melt
- As the cheese starts to melt, fold one half of the omelet over the other and leave to cook
- Press down on the omelet with the back of a spatula and notice the juices flowing. This will give you an idea of whether the egg is cooked from the center
- Plate up as soon as the egg mixture runs dry. Make sure not to let too much melted cheese ooze out of the omelet
Spicy Grilled Sausages and Tomatoes
- Preheat a grill and add some spicy oil to coat. You can use chilli oil or sundried tomato oil or any other of your own choice.
- When the grill pan starts to smoke, add your sausages
- Grill them, turning over once and remove from the pan as dark grill marks char the surface of the sausages
- Use the same pan to grill the tomatoes. Slice in half and put them skin side up
- Grill for about 2-3 minutes
The reason I prefer to grill the sausages rather than fry them is because firstly its healthier, but more importantly they acquire a smoky taste during the grilling process. All that is left now is to plate up. Serve your omelet with grilled sausages, tomatoes and baked beans with toasted bread, bagels or baguettes. You can accompany your brunch with a hot cup of coffee, tea or even green tea
Brunch could never be complete without a large doze of sugar. Since Sunday is guilt-free eating day, satiate your desires by creating your favorite brunch-style dessert
Caramel and Cinnamon French Toasts
This is my sinful weakness; Crispy, yet soft toasts smothered in oats and caramel with a hint of cinnamon is like the Angel’s manna. The recipe for these perfect sweet endings is on my earlier post titled “Tea-Time Snack: Caramel and Cinnamon French Toasts”
Rejuvenate yourself with a vast selection of your favorite food and prepare yourself for the week ahead. The best part is after le grand petit dejuener, you always have the option of going back to sleep; after all its your Sunday