Yesterday I had a bunch of girlfriends over for Sunday brunch. I had long been wanting to host a girlie get-together in my new apartment, and brunch seemed like the perfect meal to do just that. After all, it involves the very best food – fruit, baked goods, eggs… what’s not to love?
The sun was ever so lightly wrapping itself against the window, blessing us with some golden warmth on this otherwise chilly Winter’s day. We had such a lovely time, filled with happy chatter, food made with love, lots of laughter and a little champagne.
I can’t believe in just over 4 weeks I’ll be heading over to America, where De is getting married! It is going to be such an amazing trip.
I was thrilled to use my eclectic mix of vintage plates, cups, saucers and napkins. I had a lot of fun putting the table together.
My friends kindly offered to bring berries and champagne, so all I had to do was a little morning prep and cook the rest quickly before we all sat down to a veritable breakfast feast! We listened to French Cafe music as we ate. I must admit, I was too busy cooking, eating and having fun to snap away. But here is a quick snapshot of our lovely day…
Buttermilk Pikelets (recipe link – I used the recipe for the pikelets alone, not the pears). In the flurry of preparing food, these pikelets turned out rather…rustic…certainly not picture perfect 😉 However I was happy with them, in spite of their relaxed form. They were definitely fluffy and I will use this recipe again.
The Pikelets were enjoyed with Lemon Curd (made from this lemon bar filling, which I baked without the base)…
and fresh Strawberries and Raspberries, and some Greek Yoghurt too.
In the centre of the table was Baked Oatmeal…
and Pumpkin Walnut Bread.
There was also Ciabatta…
which was eaten with Boiled Eggs…
and Grilled Asparagus, dressed with Lemon, Parmesan and Sea Salt.
We drank Champagne and Sunzest Organic Orange Juice, in true brunch style.
I served the orange juice in this gorgeous Willow style measuring jug, which mum and dad bought Ben and I as a housewarming present.
For dessert, I whipped up a batch of my BFF Brownies and we ate them warm from the oven with Vanilla Ice Cream and Tea (either English Breakfast or Earl Grey).
Would you like Milk with your Tea?
Thanks for the gorgeous flowers, phe (from Red Hill, to boot!) The Daphne is filling our house with such a beautiful aroma.
I adore brunch, especially with my girls. Everyone had a great time, which was really lovely to see. I had so much fun putting this feast together, and can’t wait to do it again. Even though there was a lot of washing up to do later that evening…
…I made sure I did it in style, with another glass of Champagne 😉