I love brunching. Whether you’re by the pool in a posh hotel or lazing in your pajamas at home, a hearty brunch is always a delight. Just thinking about it makes my heart sing… Quiches and pies laid out on lace doilies, tall pancake stacks drenched in syrup, fresh berries, hash browns, crispy maple bacon, sausages, eggs sunny side up, souffles and mousses, fruit cuts, muffins, fresh fruit juice and coffee or champagne and margaritas! (Oooohh… goosebumps! 😛) Waking up to a spread like that is definitely one of life’s finer pleasures!
But when it comes to cooking up a brunch for two, confusion is a given. How much is too much? Are you putting enough food on the table? Will the spread look as inviting as one we’d find at a gourmet brunch? So, you make lists and narrow it down to pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages and fruit. Yet, that nagging feeling that some of it’s going to waste sticks. And you can’t help but wonder if you’re going to be stuck eating brunch leftovers for the next two days!
The boyfriend turned 23 two days ago and I decided to cook up a fab brunch for him. As usual I hit a snag, wondering if I was cooking too much or too little. But I settled to small savoury servings and large servings of sweet (we have HUGE sweet teeth, but you could always turn the portion sizes around!). I boiled some store-bought chilli breakfast sausages, fried some generously spiced Potato Rosti and whipped up a batch of Nutella filled Crepes (<- click for the recipe!)! With two pans going and a pot of boiling sausages, I was able to cook up a brunch within 30 minutes! At the end of which, lay before us, a stunning spread! 😀
So, here are a few tips to throwing the perfect little brunch party for two:
- Keep the menu simple. There’s only so much food the two of you can eat, so stick to favourites. Nothing says ‘special’ like cooking your loved one’s favourites for him/her.
- Bring out your colourful crockery and cutlery. Brunches are all about style, finesse and loads of colour. Since you’re cooking just a few dishes, bright cutlery and crockery can bring that additional splash to your brunch spread.
- Keep portion sizes in mind. Working with even numbers makes a brunch-for-two look just right – neither overdone nor lacking. For example, two plates of pancakes or crepes; two potato rostis or hash browns; two strips of bacon and four sausages per plate make the table look just complete without overwhelming the eater.
- A little bit of savoury and some sweet make a brunch wonderful! Even if you don’t decide to go for this exact same menu, make sure you cook up a mix of both savoury and sweet goodness.
- Drinks to accompany all that gorgeous food are a must, whether you’re going the juice and coffee route or taking the adult booze-in-the-noon route. 😉
- Make it all look pretty. Along with beautifully plated food, lace doilies, table runners, wooden trays/platters, ribbons, candles and flowers help make your brunch spread look top notch, just like the dreamy ones you see in thousands of Instagram posts by foodies everywhere!
Before I leave you to creating the perfect brunch for your loved ones, here’s my quick and easy recipe for Potato Rosti. 🙂
Here’s what you need:
- Potatoes – 5 medium, washed and peeled
- Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 3/4 tsp
Here’s how you make it:
- In a frying pan, pour in three tablespoons of oil and place it on medium heat.
- While the oil is heating, grate the potatoes and using a cheese cloth, squeeze out as much moisture from the potatoes as possible. Then add in the pepper, chilli powder and salt and give it a good mix.
- Grab a large handful of the grated potato mixture and place on the heated pan. Using a spatula, press it down to form a flat surfaced patty. Allow it to fry for about five to seven minutes on one side or until a golden crust has formed. Then flip it over and fry for another five to seven minutes, or until golden and tender throughout.
- When the Potato Rosti is cooked through, turn it out on a paper towel and let it rest for five minutes before you serve.
The first time I came across Potato Rosti was when I was watching My Kitchen Rules on TV. The simplicity and decadence of the dish struck me and I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m glad I did; the boyfriend too enjoyed every bite! 😀 Just deeeelish!