Skillet cornbread huevos
Eggs / Out of the frying pan / Savoury brunchin'

Skillet cornbread huevos

I am now officially – indisputably, incontrovertibly, indubitably – middle-aged. And I don’t mean in the numerical sense; although since, at the time of brunching, I’m just a few weeks shy of my mid-thirties, that’s probably, technically, true. Nope, I mean in the attitudinal sense… In that (whisper it) I now do gardening. Like, for … Continue reading

Chai-spiced crêpes with milk jam and chai tea
Pancakes and French toast / Sweet brunchin'

Chai-spiced crêpes with milk jam and chai tea

You know what I said last week about being destined to live in Wakefield? Yeah, forget that. I was temporarily blinded by a rhubarb-tinted haze. Really, I’m far too poncey to live somewhere as gritty and no-nonsense as Yorkshire. As much as I’d like to convince myself I still possess the low maintenance, salt-of-the-earth vibe … Continue reading

Pain perdu with blackberry and elderflower compote
Pancakes and French toast / Sweet brunchin'

Pain perdu with blackberry and elderflower compote

‘Pain perdu’ is a phrase that makes me remember why I studied French at university. Because I do sometimes forget, what with the high-flying international career failing to materialise (that careers advice that a languages degree would be a fast track to a lucrative job abroad seems a tad, umm, optimistic, in hindsight), plus the … Continue reading

Eggs en cocotte with herb-Gruyère sourdough soldiers
Eggs / Savoury brunchin'

Eggs en cocotte with herb-Gruyère sourdough soldiers

After the sugar coma-fest that was last week’s insanely decadent choc chip banana bread French toast, this Sunday demanded a somewhat more refined brunch. None of your over-the-top American brashness (I’m married to one so I can get away with such flagrant cultural stereotyping); this week it’s all about stripped back, sophisticated simplicity with a … Continue reading

Choc chip banana bread French toast with butterscotch sauce
Pancakes and French toast / Sweet brunchin' / Totally baked

Choc chip banana bread French toast with butterscotch sauce

If there’s one trait that I really, really dislike in myself it’s my propensity to waste fruit. I totally blame Japan for this character dysfunction. I lived there for two years and during that time became far too used to unnaturally flawless fruit. Apples in my local supermarket would cost around £2 each – for … Continue reading