weekend brunch tips | friends staying over | cooked breakfasts made that little bit special

Anyone need some tips for jazzing up their weekly breakies or need some inspo for the weekend when you have friends staying over? With the Easter long weekend on our doorstep you are bound to find something below that will help you create a special ‘hot breakfast’ for your guests.

A good breakie at home is loads better than going to a cafe and if you go to a little bit of effort – it won’t go unnoticed. And if the shoe is on the other foot and you’re the one staying at family or a friends house this weekend – make sure you do the washing up, or offer to make the coffees.

  1. In my opinion, the best accompaniment to any types of eggs is VEGEMITE! So salty and goes perfectly with some scrambled eggs! So make sure you carry a little jar of this goodness to the table with you!
  2. Second to the best spread ever, is some very finely chopped baby spinach. I reckon this tastes better than cooked spinach as it is fresher and I like the texture. It also takes a second to do and is good for you.

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3. Bacon Sprinkle. This is a revelation. Goes so well with smashed avocado on sourdough or with some poached eggs. Basically, all this is, is bacon very finely chopped in to skinny lardons. My girls love it, it is easy to fry up quickly in a fry pan and makes the bacon go further for when you have friends over. A little goes a long way.

4. The other tip I have for you for your weekend fry up is making someΒ Toast croutons. Cooking bacon and eggs for a crowd is easy – if it weren’t for the toast part! How many times have you sat down to some hot eggs, but have to wait for the toaster to get through 2 slices of toast per person? I have come up with an idea whereby you cut up a loaf of Turkish bread in to small bite size chunks, throw it in a baking tray with a teeny tiny bit of olive oil and butter drizzled over and shaken around. Bake in a moderate oven for about 5 minutes, so while you are getting the coffee’s ready for your guests or finishing off the eggs – your “toast” can be ready to take to the table in one hit.

So simple but so good! The other thing that I sometimes find in cafes is that sourdough toast can be so hard to cut!! With these little bite size pieces of toast, that’s not an issue.

5. Roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine. Roast in the oven drizzled with a little olive oil and seasoned with freshly cracked pepper and some salt. Each guest can get their own little cluster of tomatoes. They taste delicious and are oh so cute.

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6. Button mushrooms. Chop them in half and then in half again so you have 4 quarters. Add them to a small saucepan with a good knob of butter, salt, pepper and some fresh thyme. Let them sautΓ© until soft and once cooked, reserve in a bowl and keep warm by putting some foil on top until you’re ready to take them to the table.

7. Freshly squeezed orange juice. Did you know that it’s actually cheaper buying a big bag of oranges and squeezing them yourself than it is to buy nice freshly squeezed OJ from the supermarket? It tastes better and is sure to impress! Allocate this job to someone else while you’re busy with the breakie. Serve it in pretty little glasses of some description. I use wine glasses! Oh and don’t be scared to pop some prosecco or sparkling wine in as well!

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8. Smoked salmon. Why not buy some smoked salmon or trout and lay it out nicely on a serving platter? That way, all you need to do is scramble some eggs and voila! A special breakie is served.

9. Don’t be afraid to serve up some snags for breakie too! They’re tasty, go a long way to feeding a crowd, are affordable and good for a hangover.

10. I always have a nice tub of yoghurt and fruit to have on the table too. Why not buy a watermelon and slice it? Everyone LOVES a piece of fresh watermelon don’t they?

11. Coffee. Coffee. Did I mention coffee? Make sure your guests are offered a mug of steaming hot coffee as soon as they surface. Don’t worry if you only have instant coffee. It’s the thought that counts.

12. Cold sparkling mineral water. I often find that this goes down well on long weekends. Often or not, you’ve had a few too many drinks the night before, so for your parched guests – make sure there is some cold ‘fizzy water’, as my girls call it, in the fridge.

13. Hash browns, bought from the supermarket. You can buy these frozen or in the deli section. Whack some of these little babies in the oven and watch your guests fight over them!

14. Condiments. Something I’m never great at, but my brother in law, Jez, is the king of! Relish, sauce, salt, pepper, VEGEMITE, butter, jam, Worchestershire sauce. These are all things that need to be carried to the table. How about digging out a nice tray of some description from your cupboard. Gosh – let’s go crazy. Throw some napkins on there as well!

15. Don’t be afraid to use egg rings. I know the old egg ring has gone out of style, but they are the easiest way to cook eggs I reckon. Spray the inside of the egg ring with a little canola oil spray so the egg doesn’t stick and throw them on the barbie or in a fry pan.

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16. Eggs. They can be scrambled, poached, fried, baked, boiled. You don’t need to master them all. Just make sure that you know how to cook eggs one way well. And if you don’t think you’re up to the task – ask someone to help you. Cork Daddy is the egg poacher in our family and it makes such a difference when I’m faffing over the bacon, mushies, coffees, toast, etc etc. Having him help me makes the biggest difference. So ask!

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If you liked this post and have cooked something from it, please leave your comments below or otherwise, you can send me a pic here as I’d love to share it on the lo’s fans page. xx

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