The Big Brunch

Cheese & bacon swirls

Brunch is not a meal to be taken lightly. It’s obsessed over by both sides of the Atlantic, even if our European cousins seem not to be so bothered. Brunch covers both lunch and breakfast bases for the lazy riser. It’s pretty much the focus of the foodie day.

And so, when you’re invited over for brunch, particularly one with a whole group of snap happy food bloggers, you know there’ll be a meal made with sweat, blood and tears, or at the very least, a lot of delicious and unhealthy things. The sort of baking you need to set you up for the weekend.

Tea
Tea before prosecco

And so it proved. Created and curated by Uyen Luu of Fernandez and Leluu for Jordans to celebrate the launch of a new flavour of granola (more on that in my next post), this was an epic meal. Two hours of dish after well cooked dish. Just when I thought we were done, that I could not possibly fit in another mouthfull, out came something else to be cooed over and eaten.

Lobster and pomegranate salad
Lobster and pomegranate salad

Lobster and pomegranate salad in a passion fruit, lime and honey dressing did a tap-dance on my taste buds, kicking off the brunch proper (after an appetite-whetting bowl of granola). A healthy salad in an English brunch?! Worry not, because things got more wicked after, and this was superb. Prawns as wide as a banana sliced thickly and lumps of lobster meat tarted up with fresh pomegranate seeds and that dressing.

Cheese and bacon swirls were salty and savoury and worryingly morish (see the picture I opened the post with). The pastry was moist and light, curled around the intensely tasty bacon. No factory farmed watery monstrosity here. No, this was beautifully cured and cooked. I just couldn’t get enough.

Berry and black current pannacotta
The sublime pannacotta

There was a pannacotta to round off proceedings, by which time my shirt was stretched wide over a distended belly, buttons ready to pop. But hey, pannacottas are small right? And boy was it good. So good, some people took it home in ziplock bags. Spreading the love. It was all intense creamy vanilla flavours and a blackcurrant and cherry compote to add a fruity edge.

The remains of brunch
The remains of the day

And I didn’t even get on to the fresh flans, the buttery scrambled eggs, the delicious cranberry muffins (three of which found their way into my pocket for later consumption), the smoked salmon and charcuterie, the cheese board and fresh fruit. And the prosecco, of which many glasses were drunk.

Now THAT is how to do a brunch.

14 Responses to “The Big Brunch”

  1. Kavey

    I love love love that the word you’ve linked me on is “happy” … you know it’s true, especially as I was enjoying that fantastic lobster salad, oh my!

  2. The Grubworm

    @Kavey – I do, I do! And yes, that salad was very good. But it was the swirls that stole my heart (well, belly, which is tantamount to the same thing)

  3. Kavey

    The swirls were gooood. But that salad. I’m not even a salad girl but I could eat that every day.

  4. catty

    That looks like a proper lunch! With dessert and all :) I like! Now passionfruit, lime and honey dressing.. need to remember that one, sounds amazing.

  5. The Grubworm

    @Kavey – it was ALL good

    @catty – it was a proper breakfast-lunch-dinner! I hardly needed another bite all day… And yes, it was amazing!

    @Su-Lin – it was serious brunching indeed, but then brunch is a serious business ;)

  6. The Grubworm

    @Leluu – there should have been no worries, it all went so smoothly (and tastily). That dressing was fab, I now want to try it on a fresh Cornish crab salad. Yum.

  7. The Grubworm

    @CosILickMyPlate – first off, me too, I am also a plate licker… And they should make your mouth water, they were ace. In fact, my mouth is watering all over again at the thought of them.

  8. Ute@hungryinLondon

    delectable! I hope our Leluu is doing breakfast again some time (and invites us of course :)

  9. The Grubworm

    @Ute – it was indeed delectable. And I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for future brunchy excitement!

  10. Lizzie

    I’d take that brunch any day over dusty muesli! Especially those bacon swirls…

  11. The Grubworm

    @Lizzie – you and me both, although I would soon exceed the size of a house ;)

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