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DIY Brunch: Winter Warmers Edition

DIY Brunch: Winter Warmers Edition

I FREAKING LOVE BRUNCH SO Y'ALL KNOW THIS HAS BEEN COMING. Brunch food is my kinda food, so I thought I would share my absolute favourite, drool-worthy recipes for you to re-create at home. You may have noticed the extra tab on the side bar - brunch is it's own category IMO. These are all recipes that tick the boxes for me in the colder weather; warm, pretty healthy, easy and downright scrumptious. They're fabulous for having people round, or if you want to cook it all for yourself and binge-watch Broadchurch. I ain't judging. Polar bear pyjamas optional (but definitely up the cosiness levels).

Warm Carrot Cake Porridge. I know this sounds kind of strange, but this is inspired by Madeline Shaw's Carrot Bircher. It's a great way to sneak a veggie in without noticing and is delish warm or cold. 

To make (2 servings):

- 1 carrot
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of yoghurt of choice (I used greek but coconut or plain would work too)
- 1 cup of water (you could use half milk half water here if you wanted it creamier)
- a good dash of cinnamon
- a good dash of vanilla extract
- a couple of pinches of ground ginger
- a pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- two handfuls of sultanas (optional)
- pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes to serve

1. Mix everything together. If serving warm, leave yoghurt out until everything else combined and warm through, then stir yoghurt in off the heat. If serving cold, pop in containers and top with pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes, or anything else you fancy!

Egg and Bacon Cupcakes. These are straight from Sarah Wilson, and I've had them in my saved instagram spot for ages, so lucky for you I'm doing the hard yards and typing it out for ya. These are awesome for an on the go brekky/snack/lunch and are great to make in bulk so you can pop them in the fridge for later in the week, post-brunch "ooh yum" factor.

To make (6):

- 6 rashers of bacon
- 6 eggs
- crumbled feta
- chives, chopped (or other herbs like parsley or coriander)

1. Preheat oven to 200 and grease a cupcake/muffin tray with butter/coconut oil.
2. Use a bacon rasher to wrap round the inside of a muffin hole, looping and pressing it into the sides - any extra bits are fine and can always be put at the bottom.
3. If you like your bacon crispy, pop the tray in the oven for 5 minutes before step 4.
4. Gently crack an egg into each bacon cup, then sprinkle with the feta and herbs.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the egg whites are set. Let it sit for a minute before serving (best served hot or warm).   

Simple Veggie Fry Up. This is barely a recipe it's that easy, but I wanted to include it because it's a great one for a crowd and any or all of the ingredients can be swapped for your preference.

To make:

- Veggies you like (mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and spinach is what I used)
- Haloumi, sliced (or other cheese, this is also optional)
- Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste

1. Chop up zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and fry in a bit of butter until almost cooked through.
2. Push to one side of pan and place haloumi in pan. Once cooked, mix with veggies and add spinach in (the spinach will cook in about 30 seconds). 
3. Season and enjoy! 

Avo on Toast. A classic of course. This pairs really well with the veggie fry up above, or you could add eggs, tofu, tuna... another super easy one to get creative with. Again barely a recipe it's that straightforward and yet so yum!

To make:

- Avocado
- Lime
- Salt and Paprika
- Favourite bread (I use the low FODMAP one from Baker's Delight)

1. While you're waiting for the toast, mash up the avocado with lime in a bowl.
2. Spread on toast and top with paprika and salt (I told you this was easy).

Turmeric Latte. I've popped this here because I think offering specialty drinks makes brunch that little bit extra special, and of course this could be anything you choose - chai, hot chocolate... Tom loves a good cup of tea... anything warm and cosy to sip on between chats and food is a winner really.

To make (1 serving):

- Turmeric Blend (I used turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and ground black pepper. I'm afraid I just guess quantities, usually equal teaspoons of the turmeric and cinnamon then half of the ginger and black pepper. Start small if you're not used to the taste).
- Honey (the better quality the nicer the taste I find)
- Boiling water
- Milk of choice

1. Pour a good dash of hot water into a mug, then add all the spices and stir to combine. Then add honey and stir until dissolved.
2. Froth or heat up milk (I've got this nifty milk frother that was a pressie from my mum one Christmas, but you could always pour the milk into the mug and heat the whole thing in the microwave/on the stove). 
3. Sprinkle a little extra on the top, because you can.

Choc-Banana Pancakes. Saved the best till last. These are gluten-free and SO yum, definitely my favourite pancake recipe so far. You could definitely sub out the cacao in favour of cinnamon or vanilla powder if you'd prefer. These are based off loads that are online, I just tried to find something that wasn't oat-based but was still filling.

To make (2 large-ish sized):

- 1 small, ripe banana
- I egg
- decent dash of milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder

1. Mash banana with a fork in a bowl or one of those pyrex measuring jugs (I find these the best because you can do it all in one and then pour).
2. Add everything else and mix until properly combined. 
3. Heat a small amount of butter or coconut oil in a pan, then pour half the mixture into the pan and wait for those bubbles to appear. Flip.
4. Serve with toppings you love! I went for raspberries and blueberries (that I heated up), maple syrup, coconut flakes and cacao nibs. Options are endless here!

What's your favourite brunch food!? Let me know in the comments! x  

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