cheese, chilli and garlic mushroom omelette

Omelettes are a fantastic brunch, lunch or even dinner option – so simple, easy to make and very filling. Plus you can adapt it to your taste and what’s in season.

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My daughter loves a cheesy omelette as a lunch option so we decided to join her by adapting the recipe to make it more tasty.

  • butter
  • sliced mushrooms – one pack is enough
  • chopped spring onions
  • finely chopped red chilli
  • finely sliced garlic clove
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • handful of rocket

Heat butter in a frying pan and cook the mushrooms until most of their liquid has evaporated. Add spring onion, chilli and garlic to the mixture and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and put aside.

Wash the pan and add butter before pouring in the beaten eggs. Season and cook gently. When the omelette is almost set, sprinkle over the cheese then spoon over the mushroom mix until the cheese melts. Add the rocket and put onto a plate.

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Cream cheese on toast with strawberries, honey and granola

I was suitably envious when I saw the lovely Vikki Chowney posted a delicious breakfast dish and had to try it.

Here’s my version:

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  • Griddled bread – we used a french baguette and toasted it with a little butter on both sides
  • Once toasted, spread some cream cheese or ricotta
  • Slice strawberries on top
  • Add a generous sprinkle of Granola – Lizi’s granola is super tasty
  • Drizzle of honey on top

Vikki’s recipe used ricotta and orange marmalade but I didn’t have either so used cream cheese.

This toast has it all: crunchy bread, creamy cheese, sweet strawberries, luscious honey, and crunchy granola to round it all off.

Bon appetit!

Family celebrations at Dishoom – Brunch

For my dad and my birthday celebrations, we decided to go for brunch to Dishoom. I’ve been to Dishoom several times but mainly for dinner and have had brunch here once.

Based on the Irani cafes in Mumbai run by Iranian immigrants,  Dishoom is Indian as can be seen by the ethnic origin of the dishes listed on the menu, but it’s ‘evolved Indian’, which offers a hint of Bombay’s famous street grills and food stalls including paneer tikka, biryanis, pau bhaji and filled rotis. It’s a popular lunch and dinnertime venue with various Mumbai style dishes and there’s often a really long queue so I was glad to see that you can book for breakfast.

We started with the bottomless chai – hot and beautifully spiced made with ginger and pepper and spices. After lots of chai, we ordered our dishes.

I knew what I was going to order from the beginning – egg naan roll where the naan comes wrapped around two fried eggs with runny yolk, chilli jam, cream cheese and coriander with a side of mushrooms. We ordered: Kejriwal, chilli cheese toast and eggs, Keema per eedu, pau served with chicken kheema, chicken livers, fried egg and sali crisp chips, The big Bombay – Full english with masala beans and a Bombay Omelette which is an omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli.  Reya had the bun muska and a fried egg.

The food came quickly and was super tasty. Our dishes had the perfect combination to mix traditional Bombay Irani food with the classic British breakfast. In particular my egg naan roll was sweet with a hint of chilli.

I loved the brunch and it was great to try something different. Dishoom has a delightfully vintage ambiance and is really buzzing for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast at Hubbarb & Bell

It seems like having brunch or breakfast in hotels is now the done thing in London! Hubbard & Bell London is the café/restaurant located inside the Soho House Group’s newest hotel – Hoxton Hotel, which confusingly, is located in Holborn. It’s very New York style with an open plan lobby – a perfect spot for creative types to work with their macs. Tucked at the back of the lobby is the Hubbard and Bell oozing a chilled diner feel with long wooden table, leather booths and white brick walls.

Instead of my usual french toast or the full english, I opted for something a little different – the sourdough pancakes with browned sugar and pineapple. My dining partner opted for the Eggs Benny. The portions were generous and the pancakes were really tasty. The menu also had lots of choices for pressed juice, and hot drinks!

This combination of food and drink was honestly heavenly. And rest of the menu looked so great, I will be back soon to try out more. The service was quick and there was a cool atmosphere.Hubbard & Bell is cosy, fun and good value.

I will be returning and if you are around Holborn and fancy a delicious breakfast then I highly recommend making a visit.

Breakfast at Hoxton Grill

As something a little different, my boss suggest a breakfast for our work Christmas treat – great idea and fun as you can totally enjoy some good food. I found a newish place near Old Street station – Hoxton Grill.

Hoxton Grill is located in the Hoxton Hotel in the trendy Shoreditch area. The Hoxton Grill is quite a cool place, at the entrance of the hotel/ grill you have big sofas where you can relax, read a newspaper or a book and meet your friends, perfect for mornings.

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I normally try something different but liked the look of the French Toast with pecan butter with a portion of portobello mushrooms which tasted delicious. It was a huge wedge which was soft and cooked perfectly. The added pecan butter gave it a sweet nuttiness to finish off the taste. My boss went for the Veg English breakfast which was huge but looked good.

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I also had a latte and fresh juice. If you are in the area, it’s worth going here – you’re not rushed and can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch. It’s also a great place for business as you aren’t rushed out.

Birthday brunch at Balthazar

BalthazarA friend recently celebrated her birthday at Balthazar – great choice for a group of friends to catch up, celebrate and enjoy good food without feeling rushed.

Although Balthazar hails from New York, their style is very much French inspired brasserie food with a focus on fresh produce, home baked cakes and bread. The Boulangerie is just next door, and serves the same home baked goodies for you to take away.

The restaurant itself looks beautiful, the staff were incredibly attentive and friendly and my breakfast was delicious. Several le paniers, a basket of freshly baked breads and pastries from the bakery,.were ordered for the whole table whilst we decided what we wanted.
I was really tempted to go for the hazelnut waffles as they sounded different but wanted something that wasn’t too sweet so opted for the Avocado on Toast with Poached Eggs served on Balthazar sourdough toast with a tomato salsa. Neil went for Eggs Royale toasted homemade muffin with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
This has to be one of my favourite breakfasts so far in London. Not only was the food great but the setting made it a perfect place to celebrate good times!

Brunch at Bill’s in St Albans

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I can’t believe how close we are to St Albans…it’s such a lovely town filled with shops, restaurants and quaint streets. A year older, so my husband decided to take me out for a birthday brunch to celebrate…at Bill’s.

Bill Collison, founder of Bill’s, opened the first Bill’s in Lewes, East Sussex, in 2001. He wanted a place that was colourful and exuberant, with dishes that were really tasty and made you smile, that put every day and unusual seasonal ingredients together. The team at Bill’s baked, cooked and served deliciously different food, hung skeins of raffia from the ceiling, stacked towers of produce for people to buy and hired lively, enthusiastic staff to look after their customers. They wanted Bill’s to be somewhere that really celebrated food and was welcoming to everyone, a place that felt like the next best thing to home. The place definitely had this feel…

Bills serves, breakfast (till noon), lunch and dinner which a great selection to choose from including a English breakfast, burgers, and salads. I opted for something that sounded a little different – Bill`s vegetarian breakfast: poached free range eggs, tomatoes, hummus, mushrooms & guacamole, sweet chilli sauce, basil & toast. It was good – a little too much sauce but had a delicious taste that made it different to a typical English Breakfast. It wasn’t oily or greasy either! Neil went for the cod fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce, rocket and ketchup, on toasted white farmhouse bread served with skinny fries.

photo 1 (2)I liked the vibe at Bills – and the food was good so definitely worth trying for brunch. It was also great to mooch around St Albans.