2017; A year of brunching, reviewed

Who invented the word brunch, does anyone know? Also, did they invent the action of brunching along with the word, or was someone continually having a late breakfast and thought sod it, I’m going to make this a thing that everyone does?

Whoever it was and whatever the answer is, I would like to meet them and possible hug and/or kiss them because I f’ing love brunch. So much so that last year, it became an obsession.
I would now like to share this information with you so that I can say ‘I did it for the blog’ rather than ‘I did it because I’m a habitual and borderline addicted brunch attendee’ and someone invents some sort of brunch rehab and makes me attend. (I’ll say noooo, noooo, no).

First of all, I’ll keep it local – Earsham Street Cafe.

I have posted about the cosy cafe in my hometown of Bungay before in thisΒ post, so I won’t bore you too much BUT I would like to mention polenta (not something I write everyday!).
As many of you know, I stopped eating meat and dairy recently so when visiting this cafe back in the autumn, I ordered the veggie breakfast. I knew it would be lovely as their food is always top notch, myself and Daniel visit regularly, but never in my life had I had polenta before until now. What.A.Game.Changer. It was in the form of a fried/baked ‘polenta cake’ and was heaven on the palate. Sometimes you do worry that when you order a vegetarian or vegan option of a breakfast they will literally just take the meat and eggs off and not put much thought into it but I really would recommend this one to all fellow non meat eaters. I am going to start replicating this at home occasionally; if you’re interested I will post a step-by-step recipe?

http://www.earshamstreetcafe.co.uk/

Earsham street breakfast

I’m taking you slightly further afield now to Stokes High Bridge Cafe, Lincoln.

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My Favourite Brunch Spot in Bungay

So I’m writing this on a Sunday morning whilst watching Legally Blonde 2 – I literally only watched the first one a week ago, despite it being released in 2001, oops. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me how fabulous they were, it is making me feel like a 15 year old again and reminding me I really need to colour my hair and wear more pink.
I really wanted to write this post for those local to myself on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and also for those who are planning to visit. I have been visiting The Earsham Street Cafe in Bungay for over a year now and it has never failed to be delicious.

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Earsham street breakfast

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Brunch, Mexican Style

So if you follow me on Instagram you may or may not have seen last weekends brekkie of Mexican inspired eggs, sweet potato, tomato and avocado. It is a lovely change from the traditional English breakfast and full of ‘good for you’ ingredients that don’t make you feel guilty after stuffing your face (which you will do as it is so god damn delicious).
It is easy to make so you don’t need to be a Michelin starred chef and doesn’t take too long. Also you can switch out some of the ingredients to your taste and whatever you have in the house – this is a bit of a throw it all and it will come out just as tasty dish.
Mexican flatlay
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Croque Madame Muffin Recipe

Par Excellence. Or in English, Quintessential. That is what these croque madame muffins are – quintessentially French. They are also gooey, delicious parcels of indulgence and will soon be quintessentially your house on a Saturday morning. Or Tuesday lunchtime, I don’t judge. They are so simple and easy to make yet taste so yummy! They are a great go too when your cupboards are looking more Mother Hubbard then Mary Berry.
So, stick on your best ‘I’m french and so chic , yet i’m going to stuff these in my mouth the moment they are finished’ pout and give it a go! Recipe below under pictures. Any questions please ask, either comment below or email me – Justhollieblog@hotmail.com. Continue reading