Category Archives: Brunch

Chocolate-Chip Spice Buns

Chocolate-Chip Spice Buns | Gather and Graze

Eeek… remember me? Roughly a year and a half between posts and for that I am truly sorry!  Hopefully some of you lovely people are still out there, graced with the ability to forgive (and not forget!) this lapsed food blogger. Continue reading

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Leek, Mushroom & Gruyère Pastries

Leek, Mushroom & Gruyère Pastries | Gather and Graze

The occasional kitchen flop can sometimes be a blessing in disguise on several fronts. Most likely it helps to ensure that the same mistake won’t be made again in the future… and it can also serve to get those creative juices working to find ways of improving upon a particular recipe that didn’t turn out so well. Continue reading

Cinnamon & Saffron Scrolls

Cinnamon & Saffron Scrolls | Gather and Graze

These Cinnamon & Saffron Scrolls would have been much better for my waistline had they been made on a weekend. In that case, they wouldn’t have been sitting there on the bench top, urging me to eat them… with no one around to say “Oi, haven’t you had quite enough of those, young lady?” Perhaps I’ll make them again tomorrow to see if my theory works! Continue reading

Classic Waffles

Classic Waffles | Gather and Graze

Just when I was really quite sure that I had all the kitchen appliances and gadgets one could possibly need, a conversation one recent Wednesday morning made me decide otherwise. Nancy, who is a Bostonian, spoke rather beautifully about her family tradition of alternating between pancakes and waffles on Sunday mornings. She had me craving a delicious waffle, along with the machine to make them, right there on the spot. Continue reading

Leek and Fresh Herb Tart / Quiche

Leek and Fresh Herb Tart / Quiche | Recipe | Gather and Graze

Ideally you shouldn’t be reading this post for yet another month. You see… my excessively organised mind had quite liked the idea of my 100th Post (yes, that’s THIS one! 🙂 ) being posted on Gather and Graze’s 2nd Blogiversary (the 12th April). But here we are… well ahead of schedule… so I guess we’ll just have to celebrate twice! Continue reading

Home-Made Toasted Muesli / Granola

Toasted Muesli / Granola | Gather and Graze

My fellow food bloggers are a constant source of inspiration to me… both in food and life in general. They really are a wonderful bunch of people who I consider my friends, even though we’ve never met in person. I set aside many recipes that they’ve created… for sometime down the track when time permits, or when the occasion or season is right. My ever-growing list is slightly bewildering with the sheer number of entries, but somewhat comforting in the fact that I know there will always be inspirational recipes to be found when I need them. Continue reading

Pumpkin, Chorizo and Kale Frittata

Pumpkin, Chorizo & Kale Frittata | Gather and Graze

Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging… just as blogging sometimes gets in the way of life. My usual weekly post got strung out to just over two weeks and it’s been haunting me that I’ve not found the time and energy to put something new out there. Cooking? I’ve been plating up dishes every single day, but to feed my hungry family… instead of my hungry blog. The depths of winter are taking their toll… short days… where it’s too dark at dinner-time to shoot any photographs. The winter solstice, but a couple of days ago… the beginnings of lightness of mind, in the knowledge that our days will only get longer from now on, until the sun beats down with warmth once again. Continue reading

Oeufs en Cocotte with Prosciutto

Oeufs en Cocotte, Baked Eggs, Gather and Graze

There are some evenings when breakfast fare can seem rather appetising for a light and easy dinner. Nights when husbands are out at work functions and eldest children are away on school camps… perfect timing for this relaxed, simple dish that ticks all the boxes of being deliciously comforting, relatively healthy and ready in a flash…

A dish that can be adapted for all tastes and preferences… the options are endless. Next time I’ll be trying this with strips of smoked salmon and a sprinkling of snipped chives!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be playing tour guide, host and interpreter for some very dear French friends who are coming out to visit us for the first time here in Australia. My apologies in advance for not being able to post as much as I’d like to over this period and also for possibly not getting a chance to read and comment on all of your posts. If I find the time, I’ll certainly try to post a little something here and there of my adventures around the country avec mes amis français!

Cheers, Margot

Oeufs en Cocotte with Prosciutto | Gather and Graze

  • 8 Slices of Prosciutto
  • 4 Free-Range Eggs
  • 4 Teaspoons of Creme-Fraiche (or double cream)
  • 4 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese (finely grated) – optional

Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.

Line 2 ramekins (mine are about a 1 cup capacity each) with enough strips of prosciutto to cover the base and sides.

Oeufs en Cocotte, Baked Eggs, Gather and Graze

Crack 2 eggs into each ramekin and gently place in the halved cherry tomatoes, a couple of teaspoons of creme fraiche, a few torn basil leaves and a grinding of salt and black pepper. If you like, sprinkle over a teaspoon or two of finely grated parmesan cheese.

Oeufs en Cocotte, Baked Eggs | Gather and Graze

Bake the eggs in the oven for approximately 15 – 18 minutes until cooked to your liking. Serve with a good serving of hot buttered toast.

Oeufs en Cocotte, Baked Eggs, Gather and Graze

Sunday Morning Pancakes

Almost everyone has their favourite Sunday morning pancake recipe, but for those who don’t or for those who are willing to take a punt and try something new, I’d love to share with you the following…

Below is the recipe I’ve been using for years now and it’s always been so well received by both my own little family, as well as any family or friends staying with us over a weekend. It’s on the light and fluffy side and depending on how much batter you pour into the pan, can vary between a crepe-like consistency to more of a thicker pancake.

As I always have Greek Yoghurt on hand, I decided to adapt this recipe many years ago (and haven’t looked back since), from Bill Granger’s ‘Buttermilk Pancake’ recipe, which was included in his wonderful cookbook ‘Bill’s Food’

A very happy Sunday to you all!

Sunday Morning Pancakes

  • Servings: Makes Approx 10-12 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 250g/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 250ml/1 Cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 500ml/2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Free-Range Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 75g/ 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter (melted)

Instructions

    Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk a little to ensure there are no lumps of flour.

    In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, dollop in the yoghurt and then little by little add the 2 cups of milk, stirring as you go to maintain a smooth consistency.

    Pour the milk/yoghurt mixture and the beaten eggs into the dry ingredients, whisking continuously until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and once again whisk continuously until thoroughly incorporated.

  • It is preferable to allow the batter to rest for half an hour or so, before using.
  • Suggested Toppings

    • Butter and Sugar (after flipping the pancake, melt thin shards of butter on top and scatter with a teaspoon or 2 of sugar. Fold over and continue to heat a little longer before serving). From living in France, this continues to be my favourite way of eating a crepe/pancake!
    • Lemon and Sugar
    • Maple Syrup
    • Mixed Berries and Yoghurt
    • Nutella

    The options are endless…