Bank Holiday Weekend: Brunch Ideas

A sunny bank holiday weekend is almost like a unicorn. Even though I fully intend to enjoy as much sunshine as possible, it is very likely that I sleep in a little bit longer.

As breakfast turns into brunch, I need something more substantial to eat than a croissant and coffee or a little muesli. In preparation I have researched some brunch ideas to ensure that I have all ingredients in the fridge.

Since I am a food and lifestyle illustrator I follow a lot of food related accounts on Instagram, where I found my first recipe inspiration on the Waitrose account.

Griddled salmon with watercress and walnut pesto: You can find the recipe here.

 
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Recently I discovered the food blog Halfbaked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Her recipes and creative presentation are truly a feast for your eyes and stomach.

The baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado (yes, avocados have to be present for brunch) have especially caught my eye. You can find the recipe on her blog.

 
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Is there a better way to start a long weekend than with great food and in lovely company?

I am heading out into the sun now and wish you a relaxing, happy weekend.

Japanese hotpot - illustrated recipe

When I tidied up my book shelf yesterday I found a little Guardian food booklet on soups and stews by Allegra McEvedy that I collected many moons ago. Since temperatures dropped again in London and spring is temporarily on holidays, I tried out the recipe for the Japanese hotpot.

It was really tasty, so I illustrated it here for you because I believe that healthy, good food should always be shared.

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

- 400g jasmine rice

- 2 tsp red chilli, chopped

- 3 garlic cloves, sliced

- a few slices of ginger

- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

- 300g bok choy, quartered

- 400g tofu, cut in 3 cm cubes

- 150g sliced shiitake mushroom

- a head of broccoli, cut into florettes

- 1/3 daikon radish/mouli, peeled and sliced

- 3 sliced spring onions

- 2 tbsp miso paste

- 2 tsp light soy sauce

- Juice of 2 limes

- a handful of coriander (or parsley if coriander happens to taste like soap to you, like it is for me)

 
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1. Get your rice going, then put the kettle on again with a little bit more than one litre of water for the miso paste.

2. In a little bowl, mix the chopped chilli, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds.

3. In a sauce pan big enough for all ingredients make layers of the bok choy, tofu, mushrooms, broccoli and daikon, sprinkling a little of the chilli-ginger-garlic-sesame seed mix in between each layer.

4. Dissolve the miso paste in one litre of nearly boiling water.

5. Add the spring onions to the pan, then pour in the miso and cover with the lid.

6. Turn the heat up high. When it comes to the boil, let it simmer for two minutes before turning the heat off.

7. Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice to season, and scatter with chopped coriander/parsley.

8. Serve in bowls and offer the rice on the side.

 
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An artist's guide to denim

Yes,  it happened again. London is once more skipping a season and moving from winter right onto summer. Personally, I love all seasons and my favourite is autumn. But for the moment I am very much enjoying the sunny weather, warm evenings and the fact that I do not have to wear too many layers when going outside.

I am definitely a trousers kind of person. Simplicity and practicality are key and most days you can find me in a uniform of jeans, white (t-) shirt, flat shoes and good knitwear. Jeans are a classic wardrobe staple and I love how versatile they are. They can be casual, comfortable but also dressed up and sexy. I wear them all year round and only buy new ones if I absolutely have to. For one, shopping is not one of my favourite activities (buying art supplies exempt) and in addition I literally wear my jeans until they fall off me. The older they get, the more comfortable they are and the more I love them. Please tell me that I am not alone here.

 
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Most days I work in my studio and often sit on my chair with my legs crossed like a tailor. I move around a lot and want to be comfortable. For this purpose jeans in sweatpants style are absolutely perfect. And they can collect as many paint splashes as possible.

When I have client meetings in a coffee house or else, I prefer high waisted denim which I can dress up with a crisp, white shirt, a black blazer and a nice pair of heels. Lower rise, darker and straight legged jeans are my choice for after work and long walks on the weekend.

 
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As the temperatures are rising, nothing can beat denim cutoffs. Depending on what you combine them with, they can equally look as classy or sexy as other types of jeans. Having said that, my only personal rule with cutoffs is, the shorter the trousers the flatter the shoes.

What is your favourite jeans brand?

(Today's music: Cozy Friday Evening | An acoustic mix by MrOtterMusic)