Brunch Party!

2/28/2016 06:31:00 PM


Who doesn't love brunch? A few weeks ago we had some friends over for brunch and it was so much fun! The idea of hosting a brunch party came about because I wanted an excuse to make those cinnamon rolls again (and not eat the whole tray to myself). I also loved the idea of mimosas - a sneaky bit of daytime drinking! We quickly sent out some invitations, planned the rest of the menu, and brunch was born.

Saturday Brunch for 6

Pork Chipolatas
Dry-Cured Streaky Bacon
Scrambled Eggs
Sautéed Mushrooms
Roast Cherry Tomatoes
Smashed Avocado with Feta
Sliced Avocado
 Asparagus with Parmesan
Bread, Croissants

Filter Coffee, Mimosas

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Pecan Topping

So, I know we went a little OTT with the menu! For the savouries, I basically tried to think of things that would go on a big breakfast (bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, bread...). Sandra made the wise suggestion of adding some greens (asparagus), and we tried to use up some things we had in the fridge (cherry tomatoes, avocado). I know it's a bit extravagant doing avocado two ways - but as you know I've got that 12-avocado-a-month subscription, so the faster I can eat them the better! Of course there were the cinnamon rolls for dessert too! For drinks, we did a big pot of filter coffee, (delicious, and much easier than making lattes to order), and the aforementioned mimosas. (That's equal parts chilled sparkling wine and orange juice).

Drinks station

We made a little drinks station in the lounge room so that people could help themselves. But it also made us look like Serious Grown-Ups who throw fabulous parties regularly. The martini glasses were there just in case anyone wanted espresso martinis (super easy to make, here's the recipe), but... ahem... most people were driving and less enthused about daytime drinking than I was, hehe, so we didn't end up making any.

It got quite busy in the kitchen! The cinnamon rolls had been made the night before and baked off in the morning, and following that it took two of us about an hour to put everything else together. No individual element was difficult; it was more a matter of being organised and co-ordinating everything.

Busy kitchen



Smashed avo with feta, scrambled eggs, asparagus with parmesan, sliced avocado, croissants

Sautéed mushrooms

The mushrooms were cooked in a little butter and garlic, and seasoned generously with salt and pepper. They were finished off with a squeeze of lemon and some parsley.

Pork chipolatas, dry-cured streaky bacon

Meat! I know I say it every time, but Peter Bouchier's dry cured streaky bacon is The Best. And no, they don't give me free bacon (I wish!), they're just my favourite bacon! This time, we also bought Peter Bouchier's pork chipolatas, which were also fabulous. English Andy and German Sandra both heartily approved. 

Amelia won best plate award



Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls with Crunchy Pecan Topping

This was a really fun way to catch up with a group. After much languorous picking at all the savouries, we moved to the lounge room to keep chatting and start on the cinnamon rolls. I was super impressed that our group of six managed to finish almost all of that food, and still find room for a cinnamon roll or two. Good job, everybody!

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  1. Haha just added another item to my bucket list. to attend one of your brunch parties!! :P

    1. Naaaw you are such a sweetie!

  2. Can you invite me to one of your brunch parties? I would love to come! Your party is absolutely a blast!

    1. Hehe thank-you for your lovely comment! Yay!

  3. God Damn that is one good looking brunch!!
    So next time someone says no to an espresso martini you know who to call... Uh ME!
    oh and, what wrong with daytime booze???
    But seriously, the food looks FAB, especially the caramelised bottoms of the cinnamon buns!
    Tanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways
    P.S I am assuming my invite was lost in the mail :0

    1. I love espresso martinis too! Just quietly, I'm always up for weekend daytime drinking - brunches, long lunches, whatever! :)

  4. I would always find room for those cream cheese cinnamon rolls. Always.

  5. Posts like these make me wish I was in your friendship circle, damn girl! I think I have to steal this idea to have my parents over for brunch, very cool idea



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