The 20 best brunch recipes: part 2

Observer Food Monthly selects its preferred dishes for breakfast consisting of steak and eggs, traditional pancakes and congee

Robert Reids steak and eggs

At Balthazar, we utilize Angus Aberdeen grain-fed beef for this, and we cut the 300g steak from a little loin to make sure a constant density of around 2cm. Prior to cooking, leave the steaks from the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to bring them approximately space temperature level; this will assist the cooking procedure.

Serves 2
steaks 2 x 300g
table salt a pinch
freshly ground black pepper
sunflower oil 100ml
free variety eggs 2
Maldon salt flakes

Season the steaks on both sides with salt and black pepper. Warm up a non-stick griddle pan on a medium heat. When hot, put the steaks on the pan diagonally (if you cant healthy both on, do one at a time) and cook for 2 minutes, then move diagonally for another 2 minutes so that you get a diamond lattice result on the steaks. Repeat on the other side. Get of the pan and put onto 2 warmed plates to rest for 5 minutes. The steaks will be prepared medium (see listed below).

While the steak is resting, begin frying your eggs in a non-stick fry pan. Put a little sunflower oil into the pan and warm up on a medium heat. Gradually split your eggs into the pan. Prepare gradually. When prepared, carefully put and eliminate one on top of each steak. Serve right away.

An excellent general rule for cooking steaks is: 3 minutes on each side for medium unusual; 4 minutes on each side for medium; 5 minutes or longer on each side for well done, all on a constant heat. Constantly delegate rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.

Robert Reid is executive chef at Balthazar London WC2;

Nigel Slaters crepes with apples, maple syrup and vanilla cream

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vanilla cream. Photo: Jonathan Lovekin for the ObserverMy own method with the modest pancake

Serves 6 For the filling sharp apples 1-1.2 kg maple syrup 3 tablespoon

For the batter butter 30g plain flour 100g
egg 1, big egg yolk 1 additional caster sugar 1 level tablespoon milk 350ml extra melted butter for cooking

For the sauce creme fraiche 200g maple syrup 2 tablespoon vanilla extract a little

To make the apple
filling peel, core and approximately slice the apples. Put in a pan with 4 tablespoons of water and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Stir sometimes. Stir in the maple syrup.

To make the pancakes, put the butter in a little pan, melt, then reserved. Sort the flour with a pinch of salt into a big bowl. Gently beat the egg and egg yolk and stir with the sugar, milk and the butter into the flour. Delegate rest for half an hour. Brush a 20-22cm fry pan with melted butter. Stir the batter then gather a little ladleful, tipping the pan so the batter simply covers the base. Prepare for a minute approximately, till the underside is golden. Loosen up with a combination knife, then rely on prepare the opposite. Raise it out and reserved.

To end up, set the oven at 180C/gas mark 4. Location a pancake on the work surface area, spread out with the apple filling, then fold in half then half once again to offer a plump, loose triangle. Location in a warm serving meal and continue till the pancakes and apple are completed. Location in the oven for 10 minutes. Heat the creme fraiche over a moderate heat till melted. Stir in the maple syrup and a couple of drops of vanilla extract, stirring. Spoon the sauce over the pancakes and serve.

Sri Owens nasi goreng fried rice

Nasi goreng fried rice. Photo: Haarala Hamilton for the ObserverThis is among the much better recognized Indonesian meals, although it came from China. It has actually ended up being a daily meal that can be served with whatever you have, be it cold meat or remaining roast, or a veggie stir-fry.

An excellent nasi goreng is hot and light; the rice grains damp however different, and rather fluffy; and the garnish fresh and appealing to take a look at. The rice must be prepared 2-3 hours prior to it is to be fried, so that it has time to obtain cold. If you fry it, newly prepared still-hot rice will go soaked and oily. Rice that has actually been left over night is too stagnant to make top-notch nasi goreng.

If you are going to utilize seafood or meat, it is best to stir-fry this individually. Mix the meat or seafood into the rice in the last 2 minutes prior to serving; or just spread out on top of the rice on the serving meal.

Serves 4-6 peanut(groundnut)oil 2 tablespoon
butter 1 tablespoon shallots 3, or 1 little onion, extremely carefully sliced sambal ulek 1 tsp (see note listed below) or tsp chilli powder
paprika 1 tsp
tomato puree or tomato catsup 2 tsp
light soy sauce 2 tablespoon
carrots 3, extremely carefully diced
button mushrooms 115g, cleaned up and quartered
hot water 2 tablespoon (optional)
salt to taste
long-grain rice 450g, prepared by the absorption approach or in an electrical rice cooker, and enabled to cool entirely
to serve fried eggs, sliced up cucumber, sliced up tomato and crisp fried shallots

Heat the oil and butter in a wok or big fry pan. Stir-fry the shallots for 1-2 minutes, then include the other active ingredients, consisting of the warm water (if utilizing), however not the rice. Continue stir-frying for about 6 minutes till the veggies are prepared. Include the rice, and mix completely so that the rice is warmed through and handles the reddish tint of the paprika and tomato. Change the spices.

Serve hot on a warmed serving meal by itself or as an accompaniment to a main dish; garnished with sliced up cucumber, sliced up tomatoes, watercress and crisp-fried shallots; or topped with seafood or meat as explained previously.

Sambal ulek
Commonly spelled sambal oelek in English, sambal ulek is made by squashing sliced fresh red chillies with a little salt, utilizing a mortar and pestle. It is readily available ready-made from Asian supermarket and grocery stores.

From Sri Owens Indonesian Food by Sri Owen (Pavilion, 20)

Rose Carrarinis traditional pancakes

Classic pancakes. Picture: Haarala Hamilton for the ObserverPancakes are on the breakfast menu at Rose Bakery every weekend, whether served with bacon and maple syrup or fruit. Like bacon and eggs, pancakes are so popular I understand I will be making many individuals pleased by providing these dishes. When making pancakes is never ever to overmix the batter, the crucial thing to keep in mind. As soon as the damp is contributed to the dry, you need to turn the batter over with a big spoon no greater than 8 times!

At Rose Bakery we frequently serve these pancakes with sliced up bananas, or we spray blueberries over the pancakes in the pan right before we turn them over.

Serves 4-6 eggs 2 milk 220ml unsalted butter 5 tablespoon, melted, plus a little for cooking plain flour 190g
salt tsp
caster sugar 1 tablespoon
baking powder 4 tsp
maple syrup and your option of fruit to serve

In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and melted butter. Put aside. In another bowl, sort together the flour with the salt, sugar and baking powder.

Pour the egg mix into the flour and stir really gently till the dry and damp components are simply integrated. Rub a little fry pan with a little butter, heat the pan to hot and gather 3-4 tablespoons of batter.

Tilt the pan so that the batter covers the base equally and turn the heat to medium.

Cook till a couple of bubbles concern the surface area then turn the pancake over.

Cook for about another minute.

Continue making pancakes till all the batter is consumed, including more butter as essential.

Serve instantly, as pancakes are best consumed hot, with maple syrup and fruit.

From Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery by Rose Carrarini (Phaidon Press, 19.95)

Zijun Meng and Ana Gonalvess Ta Eatery congee

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Congee is a meal that Ana and I consume for breakfast a lot it has actually made it onto our weekend menu. Our congee integrates our own Asian design herb sauce motivated by a green sauce we when attempted at St John however, especially at breakfast, we frequently explore various flavours.

Serves 2
For the congee
short grain rice 100g
light chicken stock 1.5 litres
white pepper 1 tsp
salt to taste

For the green sauce
fresh ginger 50g
oil 150g
coriander lot
parsley lot
garlic 2 big cloves, peeled
black vinegar 10g
fish sauce 20g
wasabi 10g

To serve
dough stick sliced you can discover these in the majority of Chinatown pastry shops, or you can change it with croutons

For the congee, position the rice and chicken stock together in a pot and simmer on a low heat up until the rice breaks down. It shouldnt take more than an hour. Ensure you stir every 10 minutes or two, so it does not adhere to the bottom of the pan. , if the congee ends up being too thick include more water.. End up with white pepper and salt.

For the green sauce, mince and peel the ginger in the food mill. In a pot location all the oil and bring it nearly to boiling point (200C). Drop in the minced ginger and fry till golden, stirring constantly so as not to capture.

Remove the pot from the heat and leave the oil to cool off; stress and dispose of ginger, however keep the oil.

Rinse the herbs. In a food mill, blitz together the cold ginger oil, garlic, coriander and parsley. Season with black vinegar, fish sauce and wasabi.

To serve, we advise a little bowl of congee per individual ended up with a tablespoon of green sauce and a few pieces of dough stick.

Leftover sauce can be usage as a dipping sauce for grilled meat and fish, or served with potatoes and steamed veggies.

Ana Gonalves and Zijun Meng are chefs and co-founders of T Eatery, London E8;

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