How to: make your brunch less basic
Avo on toast never looked so good
Meet Urban Escape. The chic to your crumpets. The stylish to your scrambled eggs. The new tableware we’re all obsessing over. This trendy Scandi-inspired collection is just what our dining space is calling for this season, and these are our favourite pieces…
Let’s talk tableware. We’ve gone potty for pottery and this autumn, we’re coveting the curved crockery look. Oval plates and rounded milk jugs help give a softer feel to modern spaces but still feel edgy at the same time. Inspired by urban homes, the chunky pieces in this collection have been given a glossy glaze that makes them even more luxe.
When the working week is one long slug, Saturdays and Sundays become sacred – and brunch is the thing you’ve been looking forward to since hump day. So give it the upgrade it deserves. Changing up your everyday essentials for pieces that have been given a little design attention will put you in a good mood every time you use them. Trade your teapot and milk jug for something sleek and modern, and while you’re at it, give your bacon sarnie a bit of love too with some siracha ketchup and candied bacon. Yum.
The ultimate waffle recipe
If your tableware is going to be this beaut, you’re going to need an equally show-stopping brunch recipe to serve up. These buttermilk waffles with caramelised bananas and a dollop of vanilla cream may just be the godfather of all brekkies.
100g porridge oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 large ripe bananas, two mashed and one cut into thick diagonal slices
2 tsp sunflower oil
20g walnut halves
½ tbsp maple syrup
75g Total 0% fat Greek natural yogurt
2 tbsp double cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Mix together the porridge oats, baking powder and cinnamon. Whisk in the egg and buttermilk, then the mashed bananas, until combined.
Grease a silicone waffle mold with one teaspoon of oil and place on to a tray. Pour in the mixture evenly, then transfer to your oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through and a little crispy on the edges.
Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until hot. Add the walnuts and toss in the pan for 3-4 minutes until toasted. Remove from the pan, roughly crush and set aside.
Toss the sliced banana in the maple syrup. Heat the remaining oil in the same frying pan over a low-medium heat and add the banana. Cook, turning frequently, for five minutes until the banana becomes golden brown and crispy on the edges. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Add the yogurt and double cream along with the vanilla paste to a small bowl and beat with an electric whisk until whipped into soft peaks. Serve the whipped yogurt with the waffles, caramelised bananas and walnuts.
We’ve had palm prints, we’ve done millennial pinks and we’re over basic white for now. This season, our go-to dining room shades are steely blues and washes of grey. Not only do they look great season after season, they can be styled up or down till your heart’s content. Pair them with linen textiles and woods or pull out all the stops with marble touches and gold cutlery. The choice is yours.
We’re still embracing Hygge because let’s face it, cosy never (ever) goes out of style. These pieces are made to bring a bit of happiness to your everyday moments: a cute cup and saucer duo, made for tea and a bit of me-time. Glass carafes, just the right size for two. Long oval serving dishes, to make hummus and pitta feel spesh. Take your pick.
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