I’m not completely sure why I love canapés so much. Something about the combination of multiple layers of flavour and nibble-ability. But as a vegetarian you can end up feeling very left out when the plate is brought round. Those beautiful little creations being wafted under your nose and then whipped away when you reveal your preference. Cruel.
But not in my house. I first made these for my sister’s wedding, where they held up for quite a few hours before serving, much to my joy, and went down very well.
Wafers of sourdough bread, toasted crisp in a low oven…
Moist, flavourful explosions of juicy tomato…
Cool, creamy buffalo mozzarella…
And a vibrant, sweet, herby drizzle of homemade pesto.
All in one summery bite.
I haven’t included strict instructions for this recipe. It’s more about giving you an example of vibrant, interesting flavours layered onto a little bit of toast. This combination is stellar. But so would many others you can put together with ease. And a little bit of thought.
Lastly, hot tip! If you want your homemade pesto to stay bright green, add a touch of lemon juice to the mix. Read more about that here.
Today’s second brunch dish is a recipe revisited, from when this blog began (cue sincere apology for the low quality of the photographs!). A classic, fruity brunch muffin, dramatically elevated by the addition of a brown sugar and cinnamon crumble, liberally sprinkled on top of the batter.
If you can look past the industrial photographs I took at my then job, the recipe is solid and you will be rewarded with moist cake and a harmony of luscious flavour.
And if you want to go all out and match this muffin even more closely with today’s brunch menu, the zest of one lemon, stirred though the batter at the end, will help that admirable cause. Even without that addition, these muffins will work very well with this menu.
With a cocktail, there is infinite possibility to match its shades of flavour with whatever else you are serving. With that in mind, the flavours of this cocktail have been matched to those found in the rest of the menu – some showcasing flavours that are echoed in more than one dish, some sharing flavour compounds that render them naturally compatible. A glorious combination of flavours all round. Get the cocktail recipe here.
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