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Weekend breakfast / brunch
Fri 25-Sep-09
9:30 pm
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Danny
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Apart from Sunday roast, the weekend breakfasts are my favourite meals of the week. You have time to concoct a decent platter of good things. I guess if you have bacon and egg every morning of the week, then maybe there is nothing special about weekend breakfasts. But we don’t and there is.

Tomorrow I will post a photo of my ideal brunch (say 11:00 to 12:00).

Just to get you salivating, it will probably consist of:

3 old fashioned pork sausages (no fancy cranberry-cherries-apple-and-turmeric thingys)

3 rashers of the best bacon I can find, preferably smoked but not tissue thin

3 hash browns (the ones you buy frozen and bake in the oven)

2 fried eggs from our own chickens – a bare 2 minutes or less on the pan

2 slices of toast – one brown, one white - eggs laid on top

A serving of stewed mushroom mixed with tomato (our own) started off with a knob of butter and a tiny dash of herbs, salt and pepper.

Two mugs of fresh coffee

One newspaper (sports section to begin with)

Eaten at the pond-side garden table if weather permits

** Absolute bliss **

And the best feature about Saturday breakfast is . . . the knowledge that I will have the same again on Sunday.

Hah! Match that! Frown

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Sat 26-Sep-09
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Toffeeapple
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Wow, that sounds like an amazingly tasty breakfast.   I wish you sunshine to go with it!Cool

I'll try that again!

Sat 26-Sep-09
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mmmm left-overs...just had remains of apple, blackberry and black currant crumble....once everyone else has left the house for football/whatever I can peruse the fridge /larder for all the tasty bits too small for use in/as a meal for more than one.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 26-Sep-09
2:37 pm
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Danny
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As promised, a piccie of today's brunch.

Triple tragedy struck, sadly:

  1. I forgot to buy mushrooms
  2. It was only when I went to put on the brown toast that I realised it had gone mouldy
  3. I started to read the sports pages too soon, which meant that the bacon and sausages cooked for too long

I must do better tomorrow

I must do better tomorrow

I must do better tomorrow

I must do better tomorrow . . . Embarassed

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Sat 26-Sep-09
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Toffeeapple
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Oh dear!  But it looked good anyway, those eggs look superb.

I'll try that again!

Sat 26-Sep-09
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Still made me salivate!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 26-Sep-09
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It was a scrumptious feast, Toffeeapple. The sun did not shine but it was a lovely mild September noontime. Fiona and I have a mild game: we both want the pleasure to go on and on, so first to finish has to gaze longingly at the other's plate for long minutes. Strange how Fiona's chew rate slows to a snail's pace when she realises that she has won. Tease! My only defence is to pile my plate so high that it simply takes me longer to complete,

I think I got the better deal of our respective breakfasts today, Kate! Laugh

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Sat 26-Sep-09
4:46 pm
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Toffeeapple
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I might have to go to Waitrose tomorrow to buy some beautiful eggs so that I can have a  similar plate. I won't be having sausages though, I never have trusted them.Confused

I can imagine you playing your game.  Shame about the sun, we have it here now.

I'll try that again!

Sat 26-Sep-09
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Yes Danny- though I enjoyed the crumble, when I saw your plateful brunch envy kicked in. Might just have to sort out some sausages for tomorrow!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 26-Sep-09
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Had to do some shopping just now in Tesco and Waitrose. Tesco bakery bread is much nicer than our Waitrose version but the booze is far cheaper in Waitrose. My eye fell upon cut price red labels in W for a pack of bacon at 1.19 and right beside it a hefty pound or so of Ian Rankin pork sausages reduced to 0.95. Into the freezer for next weekend. Happy days

Also got some flat mushrooms for Sunday brunch. No mistakes this time!

Kate - we do share at least one thing in common. I saw from your "food I dislike" comment that desiccated coconut is top of your list. Same here. I am physically unable to swallow it. It's all probably in the mind but I too cannot eat Bounty bars and such coconut infested thrash. Neither do I like the goat but I can take it at a push.

Toffeeapple, I think one ought to indulge in a good old-fashioned fry-up at least once a week. Sausages are a recent addition to our brunches, so you could happily omit them and still enjoy the same level of satisfaction.

Strange to think it normal nowadays but I grew up on pan fried sausages and homemade brown bread for supper almost every day. My mum was a great cook and baked the best brown soda bread I have ever tasted anywhere. I can never replicate her quality product. Our main meal was at 3:30 when we got home from school (my dad was a primary school teacher) and supper was at 7.

Sausages and brown soda bread is an incredibly good combination. Just thinking about it gives me the incentive to try to bake some for next weekend’s brunches.

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Sat 26-Sep-09
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When I was a child we had four meals a day, breakfast, dinner, tea and supper.  Admittedly the first and last were invariably cereal or toast and homemade jam but I still don't know how my poor Mother managed it day after day.


Back to brunch, I have some lovely bacon from Waitrose in the fridge together with some boiled new potatoes, but lack bread and eggs so will shop tomorrow morning.


Do you think that the flour your Mother used for the soda bread was much different from that which we can buy today?

I'll try that again!

Sat 26-Sep-09
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I think plain flour and oatmeal (porridge) were the main constituents, along with a little bran, plus homemade sour milk from our milking cow and the usual bread-soda and salt.

I haven't made it for many years and I have forgotten the basic recipe. I will start with something from the Internet to get the proportions right and modify it. Looking back, it was not that the flour was different but the milk was. Unpasteurised. My dad used to keep one milking cow and a steer or two for added income on his five acres. Should have been a farmer. That’s where his heart lay. He used to milk the cow every morning and evening and return with a frothing enamel bucket of warm milk that was strained through muslin and stored in the fridge.

Yes, the milk is the single ingredient that I cannot replicate in 2009. Confused

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Sat 26-Sep-09
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Our Sunday brunch is home made drop scones (scotch pancakes) with a nice butter & homemade jams!  I like adding grated apple & cinnamon, or blueberries or using fresh orange juice in the batter to ring the changes although 11 yr old Joe prefers them plain with just butter.

Sun 27-Sep-09
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oooh now scotch pancakes, that's easy. Unfortunately I would have to make my own sausages and I already am experimenting with bacon as I have never been able to get proper bacon since leaving the UK even though we lived in Denmark for three years. Next year I am determined to have chickens

Sun 27-Sep-09
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My goodness that's some breakfast Danny!! Looks absolutely delicious... Our breakfasts are usually egg on toast with home-made tomato ketchup or a piece of seeded brown bread with lashings of butter and home-made jam, oh yes and not forgetting endless cups of black coffee!!!

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