Brunch at Fred & Doug’s – Epping, Essex

Last weekend, back in Essex, my mum and I decided to have brunch at Fred & Doug’s on Epping High Street.  It’s just celebrated its first anniversary and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been in to try it out yet!  Owned by cousins James and Max and named after their grandfathers (Fred and Doug…

Shakshuka – Moroccan Baked Eggs

On a cold winter’s morning there’s nothing like a warming bowl of spicy baked eggs to brighten the day and this Shakshuka is a Moroccan Baked Eggs Recipe.  Originating in North Africa it is now also popular all over the Middle East.  There are many different versions so you can make it as mild or…

Chorizo & Butternut Squash Frittata

Tonight I was in the mood for eggs and we settled on a kind of ‘breakfast for dinner’ type dish.  I love frittatas, they’re so easy to make and very quick to cook and you can add almost anything to them depending on what you have in the fridge that needs using up.  We settled…

Granger & Co – Girlie Brunch

Knowing how much of a fan Matilda is of the avocado Aussie Brunch (we travelled together in Australia earlier this year – and ate many brunches!) I picked Granger & Co for a Saturday Brunch Treat.  I’d heard great things about the restaurant but never been there myself and they’ve just opened a new location…

Smoothie Bowls

These have become a sort of obsession of mine recently.  Every other photo on Instagram (follow me at emmaeatsandexplores) seems to be of some beautifully presented concoction topped with chia or cacao nibs or sliced fruit and they really are, works of art.  Deciding to give it a go I’ve been testing out a few…

Eggs Benedict

This morning was Sunday (I know these posts come a few days late) and Sunday calls for brunch and one of my favourites is Eggs Benedict.  There’s something about the Hollandaise that makes it feel really decadent and it’s even better when you make your own from scratch (avoiding all the thickeners and additives that…

Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo & Avocado

This morning’s breakfast came about because I wanted to use a piece of my Grain Free Bread!  I looked through the fridge and decided to make a chorizo scramble to top the bread with.  A bit more exciting and tasty than traditional scrambled eggs, but just as easy to make. I started by peeling the…