The Brunch Bunch

img_2416Brunch is just as popular in France as it is throughout the rest of the world. For me it is one of those fabulous meals associated with the weekend and free time. A simple mention of the word and I am dreaming of hot languid summer days and holidays. Staycations work just fine right now! It’s a meal that evokes contentment and friends and family. Brunch for me is always informal and relaxed. It is also always in my mind very much a warm weather affair on the terrace under the shade of the linden trees. A time when the internet and phones are forgotten. It’s a time of simplicity in pretty surroundings.

IMG_2631What is interesting is that brunch is not a new word. I honestly imagined it was something from the nineties, I don’t remember ever having brunch as a child. However a little research blew that theory straight out of the window. The word is thought to have first been used in 1895 in Great Britain in Punch magazine describing a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers”! It was then added to the Oxford dictionary in 1896!

Let’s be honest if you’ve enjoyed a fabulous Saturday night and you’ve slept through the first meal of the day on a Sunday morning, then a lazy long brunch is exactly what is needed.

IMG_2601Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day anyway, closely followed by lunch. So to combine the two is a win win when we’ve a relaxing weekend with nothing much planned.

It’s one of those meals that seems to happen organically. As everyone slowly emerges, wandering into the kitchen, stretching and wiping sleep from their eyes, things just sort of start to come together.

It really is the epitome of enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

IMG_2607When there are plenty of helping hands to make light work of the preparation, it’s one of those meals that starts from next to nothing and quite quickly turns into a feast. I’ll lay the table. Right now I’m loving the simplicity of using antique blue and white French ironstone plates and leaving the table rustic and au naturel. They don’t have to all be the same, a little mix and match works well for me!

IMG_2388IMG_2391Another person picks a few fresh flowers to put in some small vintage glass mustard pots and old bottles.

IMG_2376IMG_2381Very simple but classically elegant.

IMG_2396Someone makes the fruit salad,

IMG_2436another takes charge of coffee, the eggs,

IMG_2441the pancakes.

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IMG_2452and let’s not forget the croissants and pain au chocolat. If you’re lucky enough to have a boulangerie within striking distance, a gentle wander through the village to collect them warm and freshly baked really is the ultimate treat.IMG_2418Whilst some people just wait patiently!

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I think what I absolutely love the most about brunch is that it is a meal that makes us feel like we’re on vacation.

IMG_2609There’s no rush. Normally it’s the weekend and you’ve had a lie in rather than rising with the sun.

What’s more you really can eat whatever you want. Everyone can be satisfied as you can  combine steak and eggs with fresh fruit salad and berries, yoghurt and pancakes.  Brunch is the meal where mixing sweet and savoury is perfectly ok. And the best part? It all seems utterly normal! What’s more if you’ve skipped breakfast you’ll have a wonderful appetite which means you really can indulge and take your time. Sit back and enjoy.

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52 thoughts on “The Brunch Bunch

    1. How lovely! As a fellow brunch lover, you inspire me with your gorgeous and simple table decor! Here in the Canadian prairies the wildflowers are blooming and I must go pick some. Thank you for sharing this!

  1. Sunday brunch – nothing nicer! I love having friends round for brunch, it’s not quite the same when it’s only the two of us. Alternatively, we love going out for brunch.

  2. It all looks delicious but there is something French missing. French Canadian that is. I just cannot have pancakes without maple syrup. Those wonderful berries are probably a good substitute. We do also have berries with ours.

  3. What a lovely scenario!! and looks delicious as well. I remember the term” brunch” as far back as 1960’s!
    I lived with a mother who used antique blue and white china…….many decades ago!! Thanks for sharing and
    giving us the gift of your terrasse and lovely family.

  4. We also love blue and white china, and leisurely Sunday or any-day brunches, but most of all the croissants which are the very best in France, but just don’t measure up here in the States. The crystal bowl for the fruit salad is a lovely touch. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Our day for a lovely brunch is Saturday, Sundays being reserved for other ‘stuff’. In fact, we had a feast yesterday, always depending on what else is to be done. One comment mentionned it already, it’s not the same when you organise a brunch for two or for a family, maybe even with guests. I am doing what you do so well, too, mix and match plates, cutlery, mugs and what not. We put whatever flowers, plants or greenery we can find as a natural decoration – and I am attracted to your use of old lids as pot-‘plates’ and I do miss much of the stuff we couldn’t take with us from England and France to our new rental. But we have a lovely life and some sacrifices have to be made as you all know. I’m so pleased to see some of your family, and Roddy smiling beningly at the end of the table. I’m a tad jealous of the pancakes. Have the pan but I just don’t make them….
    Your photos are a delight, food for the eyes, the pets make me smile, the love to what you do shines through everything I see.
    Do you have those lovely bakery goods from a large shop or your newly opened bakery? It all looks so delightful. I also sincerely hope that you’ve found French guests for your beautiful gite, to make up a bit for the ‘foreigners’ who are not permitted to come to France now. Wishing you all the luck, happiness and success for the times to come.

  6. I just want someone to tell me that brunch is ready and hand me a champagne glass that is filled as I sit down.

  7. Your post is soul food, Susan. 🙂 With just two of us, one of whom wakes at the crack of dawn or earlier (5/5:30 am here most days) and another who on the weekends sleeps until quite a few hours after that, we find it easier and more leisurely to have an appetizer hour before dinner. Olives from a nearby olive mill, a glass of chilled pinot grigio or rosé, a few other goodies and we’re all set and relaxed. Probably a “Poirot” or another DVD on, as it’s much too hot to sit outside right now, even in the evening. Life is good. 🙂

    janet

  8. We love brunch on Sunday mornings. My, your table looks so inviting. Love the color of your shutters-they look blue/green. Would you be willing to share the color and brand? Beautiful garden. We are having a drought here in the N US and our garden looks and feels like straw! We need rain ASAP. I especially enjoy fresh fruit at this time of year.
    Many memories are made around the brunch table.

  9. What a great brunch selection! Those croissants look like they were delightful. I have to admit I have not had a stretched out morning containing brunch in a long time. Something for me to get on to.

  10. And I am on Weight Watcher….I must have gained 10lbs looking at the pictures! Delicious….
    Nancy

  11. Hi
    I wanted to get in touch with you re a holiday let but couldn’t work out how to Contact you.
    M

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