I don’t know about you but I absolutely love a Sunday Brunch. Sunday is my favourite day of the week for sure. I get to lay in bed a little longer, no errands to run and most importantly I get to treat myself to a delicious brunch. Of course, I would love to be able to enjoy brunch like what we often see those LA Instagrammers posting- you know, the perfectly stacked pancakes, coffees with fancy designs and of course endless Mimosas while chilling outside on the corner of some fancy roadside cafe. But lets be real, living in Jamaica is somewhat limited in the amount of options you have available. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few places that offer fantastic Sunday Brunches, which I will post about at some point, but not everyone has the luxury of going out to splurge on brunch. So if you do want that lovely brunch experience without breaking the bank, I say make your own! I am all about creating our own reality.
Last Sunday I created a lovely Sunday brunch and trust me, I am sure it was just as good as if having it in LA. For my brunch I knew I didn’t want to go out and waste money on ingredients that I will only be using for that one brunch. I wanted to use stuff that I already had on hand so I decided to make a power scramble egg, chorizo sausages and of course we had to have a sweet treat so I made the most amazing French Toast!
I started by creating a simple but lovely table scape which really gives it the nice ‘out of the ordinary’ brunch vibe. I used a turquoise cloth placemat to add a nice pop of colour- plus it matches my decor colour scheme-white crockery which pops even more against the turquoise, and because I’m extra, I served our orange juice in wine glasses -don’t feel obligated to do that (I opted to skip out on the Mimosas, because I was still suffering from a hangover from drinking too much the Saturday before.) And viola the mood was set. Despite what I used, the truth is you don’t need fancy crockery to get the right brunch vibe. I find that Azan in Cross Roads has nice pieces that you can mix and match for reasonable prices, or you could simply use what you have.
Now that the table is set, lets move on to the food! For the power scramble all you need are tomatoes, a sweet pepper, an onion and eggs. I sauteed the vegetables in butter then add the beaten eggs with salt and black pepper – simple and easy. As for the Chorizo sausages, I simply cut them and fried them, no oil necessary. Now, for the star of the show – the delicious blueberry french toast. I recommend using fresh french bread, which you can purchase from Eleni’s Bakery in Sovereign North. My secret to delicious french toast is to use vanilla ice-cream instead of milk for the mixture. I combined vanilla ice-cream, vanilla essence, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, honey and eggs together to create the mixture to dip the bread in. Trust me, the ice-cream gives it the most amazing flavour! After making the toasts, I topped it with powdered sugar and blueberry compote. I made the compote from frozen blueberries, a lot of sugar, a little lime juice and to thicken it I used cornstarch.
Now all you have to do is plate the food, sit and enjoy your lovely Sunday Brunch right in the comfort of your home. Enjoy!