Egham's Very Own Brunch Club

Fancy an Eggs Florentine with homemade hollandaise sauce, wilted spinach and a dash of cayenne pepper on top of a perfectly toasted muffins, or a stack of fluffy pancakes with a freshly made blueberry and lemon compote and creme fraiche. Yes Egham, we decided to step up our brunch game with a new monthly menu based on what we ourselves enjoy making at home. Celeste and I are massive foodies and just can't sit at home eating all these gorgeous dishes that we are tinkering with ourselves. So from 10-12 during the weekends we are presenting brunch club to those lovely people that would like a home cooked meal on the high street. We can even pair it up with a Bloody Mary (after dry January though)!

For the month of January, while not Vegan ourselves, we are doing our bit to cut meat out of our diets. Nothing noble really after stuffing turkey, ham, prawns and an incredible amount of sweet stuff into ourselves, although we thought we might give both our bodies and the planet a rest by putting forward a delicious vegetarian (chill your beans, we do have vegan options) menu. We swapped out the ham from our lovely Eggs Benedict for wilted spinach in the classic Eggs Florentine and put out the stack of American Pancakes, but the true star of this month is our Roti Prata and Chana Dhal.

Roti Prata is a very popular Singaporean street breakfast, which is a very light version of a naan bread. It was introduced by the Indians from Chennai and in Malaysia it is still called Roti Channai. You can use ghee when you make it but we are using a light sunflower oil to roll it so that our vegan friends can enjoy it. We pair it with a Chana Dhal, which is an Indian lentil curry that is high in fibre, full of protein and low in calories and super delicious as well. I will put out the recipe so that you can try it at home but we spent the last week eating it for breakfast to get it just right for you guys.

We are still keeping our main stay brunch items like the Smashed Avocado with Poached Egg on Sourdough and Eggs on Toast so if you are not feeling adventurous those still remain tried and tested. We have also introduced the Big Fat Porridge with oats and fresh fruit for those that prefer something hot during the winter. All of these options go very well with our locally roasted artisan coffee and our fruit smoothies. So there is no excuse to not join us for brunch over the weekends!

Jonathan Fashanu