Breakfast & brunch

Breakfast & brunch

By
Sarah Coates
Contains
10 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743790403
Photographer
Chris Middleton

As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as a bad breakfast. No matter what you put into your body first thing in the morning, there is a mood and excitement to breakfast that simply cannot be ignored. I love that I can take on a whole new persona every morning. Will I have an edgy cup of black coffee, snatched on a rushed commute and dripping with Gallic attitude? A towering, generous stack of pancakes, swimming in maple syrup and enjoyed while wrapped in a lumberjack flannel? Or an energetic bowl of lush yoghurt and fresh fruit, eaten after a walk on the beach? Whatever I end up having, it lets me set the tone for the day.

Breakfast and brunch also happen to be great gateways to cooking. Even the most kitchen-challenged person can manage to get up and make themselves a piece of toast in the morning. And anyone who knows how to pour a bowl of cereal can stir together a batch of Best bircher muesli. From there, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to a simple batch of Poppy seed French toast with whipped ricotta or a Vanilla bean Dutch baby with cherry–bourbon compote. Before you know it, you’re sitting down to a brunch spread of epic proportions!

There’s nothing I love more than having people over for brunch. Can we have more brunch gatherings as a group, please? Brunch has so much going for it. First, everyone loves breakfast foods. Second, you get to skip the over-crowded cafés and avoid depressing hipster service. Finally, and most importantly, it’s such an easy way to entertain. Most things can either be prepared the night before or easily kept warm in a low oven. And, as long as there’s plenty of coffee, stacks of toast and butter, and maybe a buck’s fizz or two, everyone will be having a great time anyway. The only thing I can’t help you with at breakfast is getting out of bed at a reasonable hour. I’m terrible at it.

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