Brunch with My Girls

June 27, 2011

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 😉

Heidi xo
  • Angela June 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    This looks like such a great morning. Such delicious food!

  • denitamudge2014 June 27, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This was the ultimate house-warming brunch! I adored all the delightful, moorish food and the vibrant chatter that filled the room. You are the perfect host! xx

  • Sydney Shop Girl June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    What a beautiful brunch!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

    What a delightful party!! ps. I love the daffodils!

  • Heidi June 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Angela – thanks, it was such fun 🙂

    De – naw thanks, lovely! You're the best xo

    SSG – thanks!!

    Lisa – me too – so cheap but so sunny 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa June 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    What a brilliant brunch. Nothing beats some time with the girls does it?

    I'm so pleased to hear that the lemon bar filling works on its own, I've been considering it, it is just the easiest and tastiest lemon curd. I think it is my new standard recipe!

  • Leah June 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

    All I can say is YES PLEASE to all of it!

    And yes i'll take a little dash of milk with my EBT 🙂

  • wikigirl June 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

    That looks so lovely! This has inspired me to hold a brunch for my friends 🙂 Although I don't think I'd pull it off with such style.

  • Heidi June 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Lisa – I love it too! & yes it works but you do get a skin on top, which I just peel off 🙂

    Leah – hehe, how lovely 🙂

    Wikigirl – I'm sure you will!! It will be incredibly fabulous, I have no doubt 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    What a fabulous brunch you all had. I am wanting to put on a ladies brunch at my new apartment too. Thanks darlin, you've inspired me. Girl time rocks, and so does your table, beautifully put together.

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds June 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Looks wonderful! The baked oatmeal is intriguing, I've never seen something like that before….

  • Heidi June 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Anna – oh good! So pleased to have inspired you 🙂 thanks for the lovely comment!

    Julia – oooh it's really good! One of my favs. I made it a while ago and this time I loved it even more. I have 2 serves for leftovers too 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah June 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    gosh this looks delightful!! Fresh flowers make it look so nice 🙂 I keep meaning to make the baked oatmeal and pumpkin bread!
    Hannah x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    What a lovely way to get together with girlfriends Heidi! 😀

  • msihua June 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    What a lot of girlfriends you have! I'm so jealous.. being in a different country (all my girlfriends) it's hard to organise any feasts like these! You're so lucky!

  • Heidi June 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hannah – oh you must you'll love them!! & yes, I adore fresh flowers 🙂

    Lorraine – it was lovely 🙂

    Msihua – I am very lucky 🙂 both my school friends and uni friends. I love my girls.

    Heidi xo

  • chutneyandspice June 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    that looked like such fun, you've just inspired me to try something similar with my friends. We all see each other when we have our children around so never get time for a proper catch up, so i think I shall invite them around without children and leave the husbands to look after the children! I love your photos, they are so atmospheric.

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Heidi, you never stop amazing and inspiring me. I had about 8 people here and did Christmas canapes last year and I remember doing all those dishes… shoulda had a glass of champagne too!

  • Ashley June 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    What a lovely time you look like you had! 🙂 I did a cupcake night with two of my girlfriends last night, which resulted in multiple sugar comas as I baked both a batch of chocolate choc chip cookies and strawberry cupcakes….although we plan to do it again soon. 🙂 But I like the idea of meeting up for brunch, bit healthier 😉

  • Hannah June 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    What a wonderful, wonderful friend you are! How I would've loved to slip between those glorious flowers and pretty teacups 🙂

  • Heidi June 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    chutneyandspice – thanks! & that sounds so lovely, I am glad you'll be doing something for you and your girlfriends 🙂 It's so important, especially when you have kids, to make that time.

    Michele – oh! Michele, thank you so much 🙂 how lovely. & yes, next time you're doing such a load of dishes champagne is mandatory 😉

    Ashley – exactly, that's why I like brunch! Sweet and indulgent but that bit healthier 🙂

    Hannah – naw thanks lovely! & please do come, there's a spot for you!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef June 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    What a lovely way to spend a morning! The food does look lovely, but I so want to get my hands on that cute willow jug!
    I hope you drank your glass of champers AFTER you washed the crystal glasses 🙂

  • Heidi June 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks, I adore the willow jug too 🙂 & nope hehe, during!!
    Heidi xo

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 29, 2011 at 5:54 am

    What a fun delicious gathering! The pikelets with lemon curd look to die for.

  • Heidi June 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks, I adore that lemon curd 🙂 xo