Sunday, 28 July 2013
A very quick post to share a few photos of the brunch we did today for Su-Lin and her friends.
Upon Su-Lin's request, we prepared a menu inspired by the theme "Christmas in July" - a novel idea for all-year-round 32 degrees Singapore (!!) but with a little imagination (and full throttle aircon), I think we did pretty well turning our little underground restaurant into a winter wonderland - complete with giant snowballs hanging from the ceiling! We also decorated the table with homemade white chocolate and candy cane cookies.
We kicked off the festivities with warm mulled wine and a lemon & mint iced tea. Then served a creamy chai tea infused rice pudding topped with poached pears, figs & cherries.
Following on, we served a herb stuffed roasted chicken breast, cranberry jelly, roast potatoes, carrots & an orange, hazelnut snow pea & French bean salad.
After a short break we served up a green apple & calvado sorbet....
And to finish everybody off we served up individual pots of Baked Alaska - Christmas style! Valrhona chocolate fudge cake topped with homemade fruit mince pie ice cream and covered in a toasted cinnamon meringue.
We hope you all had a fun & yummy day! We're now off to prepare for a busy week ahead - an exciting catering job on Friday and another private brunch on Sunday - woohoo!
Happy Brunching to one and all!
Louise & Mark
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Well, thinking back, my reasoning at the time was that I knew we would have just returned from an amazing trip to the brunch meccas of Melbourne & Sydney and that I would be bursting to share everything that we had experienced with our lovely guests! We also had a huge number of requests for seats when we launched this brunch event a month or so ago (sorry to those that missed out, despite our efforts) so, not wanting to disappoint our excited guests we (I) decided to hold two brunches - one on Saturday & another session on Sunday. Well... it sounded reasonable at the time!
Our main course was inspired by a dish I had for brunch last Saturday at a great cafe in Sydney called "The Grounds of Alexandria". This place is amazing - not just a cafe, but perfectly described elsewhere as "a sprawling paradise for people who love brunch". On the day we went, there was a small farmers market in full swing as well as an animal petting enclosure for the kiddies (including a little piggy called "Kevin Bacon"), a DJ pumping out cool music and a huge foodstore selling all sorts of amazing ingredients & tasty treats (including oozy grilled raclette cheese sandwiches...YUM!). After a one hour wait for our table, the dish I chose (after seeing someone else's order) was called the "Well-Being Breakfast" which I absolutely loved. Hopefully our Brunch & Co recreation did the original dish proud! It consisted of slices of smoked salmon, gribiche free range Aussie eggs (hand carried back from Sydney's Eveleigh farmers market - plus a few wedges of New Zealand free range eggs for comparison), a fennel, bean & grilled zucchini salad, homemade pickled beetroot & a dill Crème fraîche. A dish full of complimenting flavours to tantalize the taste buds!
Thankfully both events went wonderfully well - lovely guests, happy tummies filled with Aussie inspired recipes & specially purchased & hand carried back ingredients, lots of catching up chatter & laughter with existing friends & blossomings of new friendships forming - everything that makes us happy doing what we do at Brunch & Co - YAY!
For starters, we served up Mark's all time favourite breakfast dish - a decadently creamy vanilla bean infused rice pudding with a rhubarb compote à la Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan cafe in Melbourne.
We served this with delicious toasty bread slathered with another Aussie treat - Pepe Saya handcrafted butter which we picked up at a farmers market in Sydney - this stuff is how butter should really taste!
After a nice tummy break we served up our palate cleanser - a pink grapefruit sorbet along with cute souvenir spoons I picked up at Camberwell Market (the best carboot/flea market in the world!!).
For the finale of our Australia brunch, we made a fig & almond tart and served it with a homemade salted caramel ice cream - this turned out to be a big favourite especially for the Sunday group!
So this weekend we also launched our fun little "Brunch & Co Corner Store" - showcasing a few of our favourite foodie ingredients brought back from Australia and a small selection of Brunch & Co made items to share with our lovely guests. It was fun!
Thanks again to my amazing hubby Mark for all his support both in and out of the kitchen, and, thanks to our amazingly wonderful guests who have all embraced the art of proper brunching to their hearts.
Until next time!
Louise & Mark xx