Brunch is possibly my favourite meal of the day and to be honest I wish I could do it more often but life doesn’t always allow for it. We volunteer most Saturday mornings and then we’re at church every Sunday morning. We love both and wouldn’t swap them, although that does mean brunches are few and far between. Having said that, they’re extra special when they do happen. It’s a meal that allows you a bit of a lie in and some extra time to prepare something tasty. I’ve teamed up with Argos to inspire you with a cosy, Winter brunch, styled with some of my favourite items. Oh and I’ve included the recipes too!
A few months ago you may remember me posting about the launch of my pal, Ruth’s new blog and website site designed by my husband and I. It’s called Gathered Cheer and was the start of her new little venture to do exactly what the name suggests and that’s gather like minded people to have fun, collaborate and cheer each other on. Always inspired by blogging events and conferences and excited to meet other bloggers but a little overwhelmed by networking on mass , she decided to organise smaller gatherings to see that happen. Each one is hosted by a different blogger and is where they live and in some way relevant to what they do / true to their style. To kick things off, I had the pleasure of being the first to host a Gathered Cheer Social at my sunny flat in West London. This one was a more intimate meet up to munch our way through brunch and have a good old natter.
Well, nearly every one of my guests may have already blogged about this event but now I might just join in. Two Saturdays ago I hosted a little get together for some London bloggers over brunch. There was obviously A LOT of food, litres of juice and I think we all came away inspired and buzzing from so many creative ladies in one room. I managed to squeeze all of them into my cosy flat…somehow.
Thanks to Lauren, Che, Jo, Emma, Lynne, Lulu, Nicole, Rebecca, Amy, Reema and Claire for coming out to West London for the morning. I love it when my home is full of life and obviously I love any excuse to style up a table with DIY details! And yes…I did get the spray paint out. Don’t judge me.
You certainly don’t have to be whizz in the kitchen to pull these bad boys off, instead the flavour combination does all the talking! We had a brie and walnut pizza in Belgium (authentic, I know) and it was so delicious that I felt inspired to do something along the same lines. You can find the full recipe over at the lovely Aspiring Kennedy and be sure to scroll though the rest of her blog feed even if it’s just to be wowed by her dancing around Paris in a huge tulle dress! Totally gorgeous!
Click right here for the brie and walnut tartlet recipe.
Life has seemed pretty non-stop busy recently, which is possibly why I ended up rundown and nursing a yucky cold this week. Nick and I decided to do Valentines day on Saturday rather than Thursday which was a brilliant idea! Pancake day had also been a no show as Mr Cold had me wiped out and asleep on the sofa by 8pm. It seemed to make perfect sense to combine the two celebrations, the outcome being Valentine’s Day pancake brunch…win, win!
I decided to do something a little different so it was raspberry pancakes, along with caramelised banana pancakes on the menu. The rest of the day was spent reading the Bible together, aimlessly wondering along Chiswick high street, lunching in a sweet little cafe, a candlelit dinner and a movie. It was the lovliest, chilled out day I’ve had in a long time and the fact it was with Nick made it even better.