Salubrious Brunch

Audrey Hepburn might have had Breakfast at Tiffany’s,…  Melbourne has the dignified Hotel Windsor serving its famous high tea since 1883, and the Brits have been enjoying tea at the Ritz since 1906,  BUT  we recently gathered at a friends home to enjoy an indulgent day, enjoying brunch.

What on earth is brunch? Well the term “brunch” is thought of as an American tradition, it was invented in the late 19th century. The meal grew in popularity in the 1930s, particularly in the U.S., where it was popular at weekend parties and became a feature of hotel menus., Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, usually eaten sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends. In our case we ate splendidly from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the fabulous food (some would say salubrious, but I would argue that is not a term to be used to describe food, but I have been wrong before!) never stopped coming!

Our host is renowned for her skill in the kitchen and the invitation conjured up sumptuous images of beautifully prepared delicacies and we were not disappointed, a true ‘masterchef’… not one of these famous for 5 minutes pretenders, she had prepared a veritable feast.

The feast started with perfectly cooked individual rice puddings, a warm and comforting start on a cold July morning, for the more health conscious, there were bowls of exotic fruit salad to enjoy.

No brunch would be complete without eggs and bacon and our host had worked magic with baked eggs cleverly wrapped in streaky bacon,

Next up were irresistible, individual quiche, try as hard as you can the aroma of these little beauties all buttery pastry and warm egg with asparagus and other fillings, made even the strongest dieter go weak at the knees and reach for one… or two…mmmm.

For those who hadn’t had seconds…or thirds and had waited….. our host displayed her talents, sharing with us stuffed zucchini flowers (ungraciously I laughed and called the host a show off … pure jealousy on my part… these brunch events really do bring out the emotions… greed, jealousy, envy and lust… yes lust… the lustful way we all looked at the beautiful smoked salmon terrines with toast was sinful!

Sound like the best brunch you could ever have… yes … but wait there is more!!!.. Oh yes just in case you still feel a little peckish how about some buttery piklets with berries and fresh cream mmmmm or banana & pecans, oh boy, oh boy, I can see your eyes light up from here.

Must be nearly lunch time now… so how about some gourmet pizza?

After this extravagant feast there was time to unwind on a lazy Saturday with family and friends outside on the terrace, a cheese platter with a selection from the smelly cheese shop, to tempt even the most strong-willed, helped keep the feast moving along nicely.

It was truly a lavish and thoroughly enjoyable affair, a big thank you to our hosts for a brunch, which we will rave about for some time to come!

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