Nothing is more relaxing or enjoyable than a delicious weekend brunch. Whether you are eating out or at home, having brunch is a wonderful way to celebrate the weekend, appreciate great food and enjoy the company of friends.
The word brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, and is eaten mid morning, usually between 10 and 11 am. It has become fashionable during the last few years among those who work during the week and like to sleep late on Saturday or Sunday. For some families and couples, it is a regular weekly event while others often arrange to meet friends at this time. It is not uncommon for some people to spend 2 or 3 hours over brunch, and it provides a great opportunity to socialise and catch up after a busy week. There are many cafes and restaurants which cater for this market, although some people prefer to have it at home.
Brunches tend to be quite substantial as the meal usually replaces both breakfast and lunch. Calorie content is not generally a high priority, but there are lighter choices for those who are watching their weight.
Typical breakfast dishes are very popular, including cereals, porridge and muesli. A full English breakfast, complete with eggs, toast, bacon, sausages, hash browns and tomatoes is also a common favourite. Egg lovers are well catered for with dishes such as the deliciously calorie laden eggs benedict. Omelets, poached or scrambled eggs are healthier and equally appetising alternatives.
Those with a sweet tooth are also well catered for. Pancakes or crepes with toppings such as maple syrup, blueberries or lemon juice with sugar are a traditional favourite. Other sweet items include waffles and pastries such as croissants or brioches.
Bagels have also become very fashionable lately. There are numerous varieties including those topped with poppy, sesame or pumpkin seeds or made with cinnamon and raisins. They are usually served with cream cheese and other fillings such as honey, jam or smoked salmon.
Of course, no good brunch is complete without the appropriate beverage. Juice, hot chocolate, tea and herbal tea are all popular options, but for most people, the drink of choice is coffee. The coffee should be freshly brewed, very strong and have a distinctive aroma which stimulates the appetite. Special occasions can also be celebrated by drinking champagne or sparkling wine.
After the meal has finished, it is common to spend the rest of the day relaxing or doing some light activity to work off the food. If the weather is good, a leisurely walk is a popular choice. Many people find this time essential for recharging their batteries before the working week resumes.
If you are looking for something different to do this weekend, think about organising a brunch with your family or friends. If you are brave enough, you could even host one yourself. Look through your cookbooks or search online for good recipe ideas. You are sure to have a fantastic time and may even inspire one of your guests to follow suit.