Brunch is a beautiful thing. It’a a laid-back feast combining the very best of two meals. Brunch bends all the culinary rules. You can enjoy the artery clogging goodness of breakfast alongside other unconventional early morning fare like meat roasts, seafood and desserts…simultaneously. Where it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in a few cocktails with your meal and the need to get up early is eliminated entirely. Add a few hungry guests and you have the perfect meal. What’s not to love?
When we received an entire cookbook dedicated to this wonderful occasion, Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings, we took it as a sign from above that is was time to mix up a few Caesars.
Betty Rosbottom presents her reader with a colourful collection of scrumptious, easy to follow recipes. A nice selection of tantalizing choices ranging from delectably sweet to rich and savoury. Narrowing the field to a selected few dishes was easier said than done as we turned increasingly ravenous with every page. The Heavenly Little Crab Cakes looked simply divine. Flaky Caramelized Shallot and Ham Tartlets would make an impressive addition to any brunch spread. Even the kids won’t be able to resist Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce on a lazy afternoon.
Those not keen on meat will also find a delicious selection of vegetarian offerings. You can jazz up a holiday brunch by serving a show-stopper like Baked Eggnog French Toast with Cranberries and Apples. Looking for something heartier? Grape Tomato and Blue Cheese Tarts and Herbed Scrambled Eggs Nestled in Broiled Portobellos will easily put you in a meatless food coma.
Betty delves into her Southern roots with classic New Orleans inspired recipes. Spicy Shrimp and Grits takes classic the Southern comfort food and pairs it with spicy andouille sausage and crunchy shrimp. Her recipe for Sausage Studded Cornbread adds a new twist to her family recipe with the addition of chorizo sausage. Fans of eggs benny will enjoy her take on this breakfast staple with New Orleans accents like cornbread and cayenne infused hollandaise sauce.
Sunday Brunch is not just limited to food. There is a good selection of weekend cocktail recipes ranging from refreshing Fresh Citrus Spritzers to Irish Coffees. They are sure to make a lush out of the even the most unseasoned drinker.
One feature that we love dearly is the Brunch Planner hidden in the final pages of the book. It’s a handy meal planner that divvies up the recipes into themed menus to suit the reader’s needs. Kids in the Kitchen, Brunch for Easter Morning and Brunch for Weekend Company are just a small sampling of a dozen or so different occasions covered. Super convenient when putting together a delicious last minute weekend get together with friends. Brunch unwrapped.
The verdict? Betty definitely delivers the goods with her latest collection of recipes. Sunday Brunch is sure to inspire chefs of all levels while satisfying every possible food craving one can have over 48 hours. With dozens of recipes to choose from, the possibilities are endless. So slow down from the busy work week, relax, unwind and fall in love with brunch all over again!
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P.P.S. Disclosure. We were provided a free copy of Sunday Brunch by the publisher, who we love very much. However, all our opinions are our own, and always will be.