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Opening times for Friday 25th and weekend brunch at Afternoon Tease…

I can’t believe it’s only 2 days to go until we open Afternoon Tease!

We’re working like Trojans to make it happen! Today, I will be rolling up my sleeves and cleaning it from top to bottom, ready for a full day of unpacking tomorrow to turn it into a fully functioning (we hope) cafe for Friday morning!

Afternoon Tease - work in progress

On Friday we will be serving a reduced menu of drinks and cakes only from 8am until 7pm.

On Saturday we will be open 9am-5pm for brunch and again on Sunday 10am-4pm.

We will launch our full breakfast and lunch menus on Tuesday 29th October, when you can expect delicious sourdough toast, crumpets, porridge to help get the day off to a good start and a changing selection of sandwiches available for lunch and cake…of course!

I’m really excited to open the doors and greet our first customers but please bear with us to begin with until we get up to speed, we’re a brand new team, in a brand new cafe and although our service will definitely be with a smile, it may be a bit slower until we learn where everything is ūüôā

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Yesterday I savoured brunch at Bills¬†in¬†Cambridge. The food was amazing, I’d even say it was worth putting up with slow service and surly staff for. Praise indeed coming from the most impatient person in the world!

I had the veggie breakfast with a twist…poached eggs, mushrooms, guacamole,¬†sweet chilli sauce & toast with a cheeky side of sausage and bacon! controversial ūüėČ

In summary…great food but don’t do if you aren’t prepared to wait for it.

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13/11/2011 · 9:07 pm

This weekend I finally fulfilled my ambition to visit the Towpath Cafe (Regent’s Canal towpath, between Whitmore Bridge and Kingsland Road Bridge, N1 5SB). My sunny Sunday brunch consisted of zingy runner bean, red onion and Berkswell cheese salad and a plate of the most deliciously creamy mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and a freshly sliced pile of melt in the mouth proscuitto with some sourdough bread to mop it all up with…I’m happy to confirm that the hype is well earned!

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10/07/2011 · 6:50 pm

Brunch with Jordans…granola legend not glamour model!

My weekend started wonderfully with an invitation to a brunch hosted by Jordans Cereal and the lovely Uyen (Leluu of Fernandez and Leluu Supper Club fame). Jordans have been making muesli and granola from their mill in Biggleswade since the 70’s and have been in the milling trade for 150 years so they definitely know their stuff! I have very fond childhood memories of staying overnight at my Granny and Grandad’s house. As a special treat we were allowed a bowl of Grandad’s Jordans granola for breakfast…clusters of delicious crunchy cereal that’d make your jaw ache if you were greedy enough to overfill your bowl (which I always was)!

The favourite part of my day is the quiet time that I spend eating my bowl of muesli and gazing out of the window before kick starting myself into action and heading to work! I’ve tried many different varieties of muesli, and by coincidence, can honestly say that my favourite by far is Jordans Fruit and Nut…

The reason that the team from Jordans and Wildcard had invited us to this event was to launch their new Creations Oat Granola range in baked apple with a hint of cinnamon and juicy cranberry and golden honey…

We sampled them both whilst sipping prosecco and listening to how the new range had come about and a bit more of the thinking behind it. As with all Jordans cereals, the creations range doesn’t contain anything artificial and is sweetened using only honey. I can honestly say that they were delicious! My favourite was the juicy cranberry and golden honey. There was no shortage of juicy fruit and it appealed to my sweet tooth without feeling unhealthy…

My competitve streak was also spurred into action when we were invited to take part in the search for the next flavour to join the Creations range. Bowls of tasters were placed on the table for inspiration…

I cogetated and deliberated over a bowl of delicious dates…I’m so addicted to them!

At first the possibilities seemed endless but actually whittling it down and deciding what would be a winning combination was pretty tricky. I kept thinking of date and walnut but then thought back to some biscotti I’d made recently and decided that coffee and walnut granola would work really well! It’s a classic combination used in baking and in my eyes a match made in heaven. I’m sure it’s never been done as a cereal before.

Also having just made my first ever rhubarb bakewell tart, I think almond and rhubarb granola would be a great combo too!The tartness of the rhubarb offset against the lightly toasted honeyed oats and crisp almond mmmm…

My wildcard (forgive the pun), if a little risky, would be a mango and chilli chocolate variety…but maybe that’s just a step too far! ūüôā

With all this creative inventiveness and talk of food I’d worked up a bit of an appetite, thank goodness, as Uyen had prepared a vast brunch for us…

She’d also made an amazing lobster and pomegranate salad with a passionfruit, lime and honey dressing…

Tomato, caramelised onion, goats cheese and rosemary tart…

Smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs…

and if that wasn’t enough to have us unbuttoning our waistbands, we finished off with orange and vodka panna cotta with a strawberry and blueberry sauce…I was in dessert heaven!…

I had to rush off, as quickly as my brunch belly would allow, as I was heading out of town for the weekend but not before being presented with a gift of the cutest wicker picnic hamper filled with Jordans goodies…

I think all weekends should start this way! and I’ve now got enough Jordans cereal to last me a very long while…it’s a hard life ūüėČ

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Lex’s brunch marathon…

Last weekend I went to my first ever brunch supper club courtesy of Lexeat. Following Lex’s tweets, I know she’s been busy perfecting all manner of brunch-like delights recently and had an inkling that we were in for some real treats! In pre-emption of the sheer number of calories I was about to put away I liberated my poor, rusty old mountain bike from under the tarpaulin in the back garden and rode over to to Lex’s warehouse flat in De Beavoir Town.

I’ve only met Lex once before but thanks to the wonder that is the world wide web and our twitter baking chats I felt really relaxed and at home as soon as I stepped through the door. Johanna (I hope I’ve spelt that right) leapt straight into the role of hostess with the mostess and plied me with a bloody mary, the first one I’ve ever had containing dill…an unexpected but delicious addition!

The tables were beautifully laid, ready and waiting for us with the menu written in a trail around the place settings…

Once my fellow brunchers arrived and introductions had been made we settled down for our first course, which was baked quails eggs on moroccan spiced peppers…

Followed by sweet potato fritters stacked with halloumi and served with an avocado salsa, coriander creme fraiche and a homemade chilli jam which I absolutely fell in love with and could easily have eaten by the spoonful!…

The sun was streaming through the windows as Lex served us up sweet and refreshing pears poached in prosecco with homemade granola and greek yoghurt

As if those 3 wonderful courses weren’t enough…it was now time for the carb fest to commence!…

Friands, chelsea buns and English muffins…

croissants…

Lex was worried that her chelsea buns were a bit ‘sunburnt’ but I can vouch for the fact that this didn’t have a detrimental effect on their deliciousness! It just so happens that by coincidence me and Lex made our first ever batch of chelsea buns on the very same day and had been comparing notes, my versions are here and Lex’s here.

The friands were amazing, they looked quite unassuming and simple until you bit into them…they were unbelievably moist and melted in your mouth, I’m salivating just thinking about them…

It goes without saying that I sampled all of the above, and couldn’t resist slathering the muffins with homemade pineapple jam…

homemade rhubarb jam…

and homemade lime marmalade (of which I was lucky enough to be given a jar to take home with me!)…

Every single morsel was lovingly Lex-made…here she is making the magic happen…

My neighbours, Tiffany (who has also blogged the brunch here) and Niamph of Eat like a Girl fame were wonderful company and conversation and coffee from Climpson and Sons flowed endlessly. Before we knew it 4 hours had passed by. I eventually stopped myself eating and felt able to get back on my bike, I bid farewell to our lovely hostesses and rode off, a lot slower than I arrived ūüėČ

It was the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon, great food and great company…I just couldn’ do it too often or I would be the size of a truck!

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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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A trip to the Haberdashery

I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit recently but I’ve been terribly busy sunning myself on the Dalamation coast in Croatia, eating amazing seafood, drinking copious amounts of strong Croatian coffee and doing a fantastic job of pickling my liver! It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

I’ve only been back in London for a few days but have already been having brunch withdrawal symptoms. My friend Mark recently moved down the road to Crouch End and has been trying to coax me over the hill to visit him ever since. He finally succeeded by telling me about a cafe called The Haberdashery. I¬†checked out their website and menu I didn’t need any more convincing…

The Haberdashery advertises itself as an eatery and coffee house that sells old vinyls. It’s a really cute place with a great atmosphere. It retains a really light and airy feel even though the walls and shelves are filled with cool little trinkets, crockery and original artwork.

There’s also a lovely garden out the back…

where we started our Haberdashery experience…on a picnic bench in a sunny corner soaking up the rays…

We arrived just as the breakfast menu was finishing and the daytime menu was starting.¬†It was such a gorgeous sounding menu that it wasn’t any great hardship…

We started off by ordering coffee to assist us in our decision making…an americano for me with the milk served in a little tea pot..

and a bowl of flat white for Mark…

I ordered a salad of parma ham, grapefruit, avocado, toasted pinenuts and parmesan shavings on a bed of baby spinach leaves, which was served with a rustic olive bread pot…

If I’m honest, the main reason for choosing a salad wasn’t for it’s health benefits but for the accompanying rustic bread pot, which I’d spotted on entering the cafe and fallen in love with!…

Mark had the halloumi sandwich served with rocket and olive jam on rosemary bread…

The food was nothing short of amazing – so fresh and tasty! and although we were both pretty full we decided that it’d be rude not to sample a cake for pudding. We moved to a table inside the cafe for a change of scenery and to soak up the atmosphere and were faced with an array of very tempting cakes…

muffins and pastries…

and a very difficult decision to make.

We ordered another round of decision making coffees and after suffering a severe bout of bowl envy after our first round I ordered an americano in a bowl…

I thought I should put into context just how enormous this bowl of coffee was…

It required two handed lifting and actually sent me into a complete caffeine spin out, which was heightened by the sugar rush that we got from the yummy blackberry crumble cake that we eventually chose…

Everything about The Haberdashery was spot on, the food was amazing, the coffee excellent, it was the right amount of quirky without trying too hard and the staff were very friendly and accomodating!

I highly highly recommend a trip to The Haberdashery…get on your bikes and brave Crouch Hill…a real treat awaits!

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