Queenswood, Battersea

Queenswood – a cosey restaurant set in Battersea Square with a small but strong brunch menu. Our visit started with a frosty welcome and service was a little slow with things like tap water and sauces failing to arrive. But overall the staff were friendly and welcoming. I spent a good ten minutes trying to decide between the Mexican Egg and the Smoked Haddock Kedgeree… I went for the Mexican Egg but wished I had gone for the latter after it arrived. The egg was over baked and looked like it had been left under a heat lamp for a few minutes too long. The smoky pepper sauce lacked the smokiness I was hoping for… tasty but rather mediocre. The bread also had the same appearance as the egg – something a bit softer would have been nice for mopping up the sauce.

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Sarah went for the avocado on toast with a side of bacon. I had food envy and food envy does not suit me. I don’t deal well with it. She gave it a solid 10/10. It had a healthy helping of avocado and an egg cooked to perfection. Do I sound bitter?

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We had one gluten free diner who went for the QW English – unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of gluten free alternatives for the sausages and bread so these were removed. I thought it was a little off that they still charged the same price for the dish and didn’t offer to replace for extra bacon or beans.
I will definitely be heading back here to sample the dinner menu which looks right up my street.
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Home Sweet Home, Manchester

Can we just take a minute to think about breakfast and brunch and lunch and cake and dinner and coffee… Good. If you’d like to think of all these things whilst being in arms reach of them all, Home Sweet Home is your place. Alright, may be not all at once and you might have to pitch a tent in the place but I SAY WHY NOT?! It’s definitely on my bucket list. On a quick trip to Manchester last weekend my friends said “is there anything you want to do whilst you’re here”. Approximately 0.25 seconds later “HOME SWEET HOME” violently erupted from my mouth and trust me, you don’t mess with a case of food based torrets. It’s not clever and it’s certainly not safe. So my friends happily obliged – who wouldn’t? It’s not exactly a chore.
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Serving up all meals of the day including an incredible selection of extravagant cakes, the tex mex twist spoke to me and my greedy greedy soul. We shimmied on down for brunch… I HAD – Sun Devil Scrambler (house hash, taco sauce, chorizo, scrambled egg and chipotle sour cream). Could I think of a better brunch? No I could not. It was everything I ever dreamed of. And if that wasn’t enough, get a load of these CUTE mugs.

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The Breakfast Club, Clapham Junction

I’m a big fan of breakfast when it’s done wholeheartedly with no corners cut. The Breakfast Club certainly see to that and provide a huge selection of mouth-watering breakfast and brunch dishes. It was a tricky decision deciding what to have but I pulled through and decided to have the slow roasted pork with BBQ seasoned cannellini and butter bean mix with a fried egg and eggy bread.

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My oh my. Never have I had a brunch so full of flavour. Not only do they serve up a fab selection of food (both indulgent and healthier) but they have a great range of drinks and so I decided to balance out my naughty food choice with a smoothie.

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A yummy Mango Go which consisted of Mango, Strawberry and Orange – wonderfully fresh and zingy. So when you’re thinking of all the places you could go for brunch – here’s the answer, The Breakfast Club. Eat up!

Apple and Pecan Porridge

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I like breakfast. I like breakfast thats warm and yummy and packed with tasty things, who doesn’t? This porridge fits that criteria, enough of the boring porridge!
Ingredients (serves 1):
1 apple, grated
2 tbsp of pecans, chopped and toasted
1 tbsp of flaked almonds, toasted
40g rolled oats
150ml milk
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp golden syrup
Method:
1. Begin by toasting your nuts. Put a frying pan on a medium heat (no oil necessary) and add the pecans. Toast for 3 minutes, moving around occasionally so they don’t burn. Add the almonds to the pecans after they have toasted for 3 minutes and toast for a further 2 minutes. Again, keep moving so they don’t burn.
2. Put the milk, oats and sea salt into a saucepan and cook on a medium heat. Allow the milk to simmer and cook for about 3 minutes and then add the grated apple and allow for cook for further 2 minutes. Add more milk if it starts to catch or if you prefer it runnier.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the toasted nuts.
4. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle golden syrup on top.
Enjoy – the perfect sunday breakfast on a cold and miserable day.

A New Favourite Pancake Topping

A New Favourite Pancake Topping

After seeing and hearing lots of hype about healthy nut butters I decided to try one for myself. I played it safe and went for the Meridian peanut butter. I love it! It’s less salty than the standard (less healthy, in fact very unhealthy) peanut butter but it’s still delicious and makes a good peanut butter and jam combo!

So, a new favourite topping for my morning wholemeal, oaty pancakes is Meridian peanut butter and a summer fruit coulis (to mimic jam)! The morning I took the picture at the top of this post on the morning I ran out of coulis and so just used straight summer fruits which worked equally as well but I do like a warm coulis in the morning.

See my recipes for wholemeal, oaty pancakes for the pancakes themselves and the coulis!!

Sorry what?!

Sorry what?!

Well these blew my wholemeal piece of toast out of the water when they crashed onto my TV screen this morning. Christmas tree shaped crumpets!!!!! I’ve got a feeling some very happy Christmas mornings are in store for me.

Check out the Asda advert for more of their Christmas shaped treats:

Picture taken from ASDA Twitter.