Brunch at Jo’s Cafe

After a few busy weekends of festival craziness, music and drinking I was really looking forward to spending some time at home in London. During a visit to the pub with friends on Thursday night I hatched a plan to host a brunch on Saturday and started inviting everyone to the first ever mass brunch at Jo’s Cafe (otherwise known as my humble abode in Finsbury Park). Despite the fact that my house is in the middle of being redecorated I managed to gather together enough soft furnishings to fashion seating for my 9 guests (10 if you include Maggie May the most gorgeous Cockapoo puppy in North London)…

My friend Reika even brought me a gorgeous home-made sign…

A gathering of my friends usually involves a tipple of some sort so I though I should start off proceedings with bloody mary’s made simply with ice, vodka, tabasco, Lea and Perrins, wedges of lemon, tomato juice, fresh ground black pepper and finished off with a stick of celery…

Once everyone arrived I served a refreshing fruit salad of nectarine, raspberry, cherry, pear, blueberry, mango and sweet sultana grapes…

I layered it with Greek style yoghurt and topped it with a nut and dried fruit mix and a drizzle of honey. Han our resident wine expert brought along some divine champagne, which was the perfect accompaniment…

We weren’t in any particular rush, so I started preparing the main event in a leisurely fashion by grilling whole flat mushrooms, sprinkled with olive oil, salt and pepper. I then grilled some sourdough style bread drizzled with olive oil and topped it with a mix of freshly chopped tomatoes, crushed garlic and a dash of olive oil before grilling it some more, this was the base of my brunch. Then came the assembling…I layered some prosciutto onto the bread, then the grilled mushroom, followed by creamy scrambled eggs and served avocado and rocket on the side…

It was a bit of a military operation but I was in my element and loved every minute of it. This is what brunch for 10 looks like…

For a veggie option we replaced the prosciutto with some slices of Morbier cheese, which apparently worked very well. The addition of the tomato and garlic mixture tothe grilled bread added a really nice level of taste and texture. 

There were lots of yummy sounds going on and I even got 3 cheers for my efforts so I think I can say, with shocking immodesty, that the first brunch at Jo’s Cafe was a great success!

I even got to give my favourite teapot it’s first outing…

I love a lazy brunch…yesterday’s started at 2pm and finished a mere 8 hours later…I think it may have been the first of many to take place at Jo’s Cafe…

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