Saturday, 1 December 2012

Brunch & Co's 1st Birthday Party!

Well, as they say, it's better late than never! Brunch & Co actually turned a very grown up ONE back in August this year, so to celebrate we decided to throw a 1st birthday party with a small group of special friends who have helped us immeasurably over the last 12 + months.

Photo by Rach Saba

There were a few notable missing guests but we hope to have another celebration sometime in the new year so we can thank everybody properly - any excuse for another party!!

Our place settings were little personalized bags filled with homemade chocolate chip, pistachio & cranberry cookies fresh from the oven.

Photo by Rach Saba

For the celebration menu today, we decided to pick a selection of our favourite dishes we've served at various Brunch & Co events over the last year.

The starter was an easy choice, a dish we first served back in July inspired by a Melbourne cafe called "Pope Joan" - Rice pudding topped with a tangy rhubarb compote - deliciously creamy with a hint of sweetness offset by the tart fruit.

Photo by Rach Saba
Our second course is a big favourite of mine as it includes almost all of my most beloved brunch ingredients - Ottolenghi savoury pancakes (spinach, green chillies, spring onion & cumin) topped with a chilli & lime butter, layers of smoked salmon, creamy scrambled eggs, perfectly ripe chunks of avocado tossed in lemon juice & golden pan fried cubes of haloumi cheese...heaven on a plate!

At this stage of the proceedings, I completely forgot about the green apple & calvados sorbet I had made for today - woops! I must have been too excited about the upcoming dessert course - Brown sugar meringue topped with delicately whipped cream & fresh juicy berries.  The meringue was an interesting experiment - lovely caramel/coffee flavour, crisp on the outside and soft spongy meringue on the inside.

Special thanks again to all of our friends who have helped to make Brunch & Co such a happy success - each one of you have given your support in so many ways - from lending a hand in our tiny kitchen to spreading the word to your other foodie friends - we couldn't have gotten to this milestone without you.

So here's to great company & many more yummy & fun Brunch & Co times ahead!

Lot's of love,
Mark & Louise xx

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