Ultimate Breakfast Board

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 Weekends are made for long lazy breakfasts. There is no rushing to work, no commute, no need to throw down a piece of toast as you run out the door or sit at your desk filing emails while you eat your morning muesli. Weekends allow more time, creativity and flair on your plate. Enter the Ultimate Breakfast Board!

I find this the perfect way to have a little ‘taste’ of everything. Some mornings I can’t decide if I want eggs, a breakfast stack on sourdough or even grilled mushrooms with ham! The breakfast board takes the best parts of breakfast and allows you to showcase them all together and eat them as you see fit at the time!

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An important element in creating our perfect breakfast board is the avocado smash we like to make. All it takes is some simple steps to really help boost the flavours! For our smash, we take one very ripe avocado, a fresh lemon and some finely chopped parsley. Combine that with some salt and pepper to taste, and really get in there and smash that avocado! We like it to almost be a smooth paste like consistency as it is easily spreadable on toast and a much better alternative to butter.

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A breakfast board allows you to raid your pantry and fridge for fresh produce and assemble them all together to create the ultimate weekend smorgasbord. For us, it was simple as some sourdough, ham, baby spinach, goats cheese, eggs, mushrooms and an avocado to create a tasty avocado smash with lemon, salt & pepper with fresh parsley. It is entirely up to you what you like to have on your breakfast board, thats the beauty of it! Sometimes we also like to alternate ingredients with haloumi, baked beans or bacon (just to name a few!)

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 Cooking each element can be a little fiddly and time consuming, but I promise that the effort will well be worth it. For us, it was as simple as following a few key steps to ensure all was cooked and ready to serve at similar times.

First step was roasting the tomatoes. We lightly covered these in olive oil and mixed herbs and threw these in the oven while getting on with preparing and cooking all the other ingredients. Next up, making the avocado smash. This can then basically be left in the fridge until ready to serve. Now, I find pan frying mushrooms to take longer than making scrambled eggs, so these were next to hit the pan. With a little dash of butter and fresh parsley we kept these over a medium heat ensuring to turn them occasionally so they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Personally I like these in butter rather than olive oil as they can end up a bit too greasy for my liking that way. While the mushrooms are cooking away it’s time to prepare the eggs. Just a dash of milk with some parsley, salt and pepper and they’re good to go in the pan. Pop the toast in, and then keep an eye on it all! If you follow this order they should all be done roughly around the same time!

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What can be better than sitting down to a freshly brewed pot of English Breakfast Tea, while slowly working your way through the ultimate breakfast board? Weekend breakfasts never tasted (and looked!) so good.

Will you be giving the breakfast board a try in your home this weekend?

What is your favourite breakfast to make at home?

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Weekend Wanderings…

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I am quite fond of the saying “I need another day between Saturday and Sunday” because honestly that is how I feel every single weekend! I am sure I’m not alone there. It is funny how fast the days fly by on the weekend. Working full time means you not only have to squeeze in chores over the weekend, but also allow for social activities AND relaxation. It can be a hard juggling act every single weekend, because although you want to make the most of the 2 days you also don’t want to wake on Monday morning feeling like a zombie!

I think I had a nice balance of this over the past few days, which meant for an enjoyable weekend. Friday night and Saturday morning were filled with some chores, which then meant for most of the weekend after this we were free to do as we pleased! First stop was lunch with some friends at The Bank Hotel in Newtown. Although the weather was cold, it wasn’t raining so we took the chance to sit outside in the courtyard while we enjoyed our delicious meals. Simone and Ryan both ordered the cheeseburger, which certainly looked delicious but I couldn’t go past the special of the day. Pulled Pork with lettuce cups and condiments. It was divine! The pork was so soft and tender, and filling up my lettuce cups with the many choices of sides was fun. I almost opted for a pulled pork burger, but am glad I went with my original instinct of the lettuce cup version! Not too filling, but very tasty!

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 Saturday afternoon and evening, Ryan and I set about starting to plan our upcoming holiday. We are lucky enough to be taking 4 weeks off, and visiting Tasmania and South Australia. I have family that live in Tasmania, and Ryan has never visited so I am very much looking forward to showing him some of the beautiful sights it has to offer. I haven’t been since I was 13 years old, so am sure a lot has changed! While we are there we will be celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and our 10 year anniversary of being together. Any recommendations of places to go, restaurants/cafes to eat in or accommodation would be most welcome! For us, the Tasmanian leg of the holiday will be all about the beautiful countryside and landscapes that the state has to offer. Fresh produce and Tasmanian wines will also be on the agenda too!

 During our trip to South Australia, we will base ourselves in Adelaide most likely so we can then spend as much time as possible visiting all the wine regions of the state. We are planning a trip to Kangaroo Island as well, but if you have any tips or tricks for South Australia let me know!

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Sunday morning was a slow and sleepy start as the rain tumbled down outside our window. We recorded Aladdin on TV from the night before, so watched that curled up on the couch with some breakfast. I am glad that we had a chance to watch this again, it really has stood the test of time and goes to show what a true comedic genius Robin Williams was. Most of his scenes were ad-libbed during the movie, and having watched it again now as an adult you can appreciate how clever he really was.

Once the rain cleared we escaped the cabin fever feelings and headed up to The Pie Tin in Newtown for some delicious lunchtime treats! It was the perfect winter afternoon location, and we both opted for the Roast Lamb pie with a side of sweet potato fries! If you haven’t visited before, make sure you do. The offerings of sweet pies are also a stand out, but sadly we had no room to fit any in!

IMG_8402IMG_8408IMG_8403bwWandering home through the back streets of Newtown and Erskineville as the sun peered through the clouds was lovely. The weekend rain had given everything a new lease of life after not having rained in the city for so long. We are lucky to live in such an eceltic area with so much to see and offer all of the time. Most people seemed to have a similar idea to us and escaped the house while they could with the weather taking a turn for the better.

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 Sunday night we headed to our friends house for another in our tradition we have started called “Family Dinner”

Every few weeks we take turns to host a dinner party at someone’s house. It is a wonderful tradition we have started between 5 of our friends, and one that sees us having a chance to catch up every few weeks over good food and wine. One of the things I love most is the fact we start the dinners very early at 5pm. Perfect for a Sunday family dinner!

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We were very lucky to have some delicious cheese and sparkling to start off the evening, followed by a 6 hour slow cooked lamb with smashed potatoes and green beans.  For dessert we always keep it simple and small and opt for Magnum or Connoisseur Mini Ice Creams!

This is only the second of our “Family Dinners” but I know this will be tradition that will continue on for many years to come. We have already booked in our third! Do you and your friends have a similar tradition?

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 As August flies by, and another weekend down it is easy to forget that Spring will be upon us very soon! Something to remember as the rain pours down outside!

What did you get up to on the weekend?

Share a photo using #snappyweekend either on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so I can check them all out!!

This week I am sharing a gorgeous photo taken by Renae from Colour and Dust

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She took this beautiful picture of Freshwater/Curl Curl Headland while out on a walk while the rain had stopped over the weekend. I love the atmosphere she has captured! Thank you so much Renae, make sure you head over and follow her on Instagram and keep the photos coming!

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The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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// Plant Life //

// Winter Afternoons //

// Art //

// Warm Cups //

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On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Weekend Wanderings…

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The weather in Sydney has decided to warn us that winter is still well and truly here. We had been blessed with lots of sunny days, and slightly above average temperatures, but Saturday we woke to freezing conditions and fog. LOTS of fog. Walking up King St in Newtown it was almost ghostlike with little traffic and thick fog as far as the eyes could see. There was something peaceful about it, haunting and beautiful all at the same time. Although it was freezing, I am still glad I managed to capture some photographs before it burnt off later that morning.

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The day ended up turning in to a beautiful but cold winters day. We spent the day running around the city doing many chores and errands, but took some time out in Haberfield to enjoy some lunch and have a bit of a relax. We found a cute little cafe with an outdoor courtyard and sat down to eat some delicious sandwiches with beautiful fresh meats and produce.

I adore Haberfield, it has such a community feeling about it. We were there to pick up some cheese and beautiful prosciutto for a friends birthday celebration that afternoon. It was well worth the trip out there, as nothing can beat Zanettis for meats and olives, and Pasenella for cheese!

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What did you get up to on the weekend?

Share a photo using #snappyweekend either on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so I can check them all out!!

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Weekend Wanderings…

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I honestly don’t think that Sydney winters can get any better than the one we’re currently having. Although it is crisp, the sun has been shining most days with little clouds in the sky! When I wake on the weekend I always want to get straight out and enjoy the day. Being cooped up inside an office day in and day out during the week (and a windowless one at that!) who can blame me?

Saturday morning we jumped in the car and headed over the bridge to the Northern Beaches to have a lovely lunch in Manly. There certainly was a chill in the air, and we had to sit underneath a heater – but it was worth it to have lunch overlooking the ocean! Lunch at the Yardarm was fabulous, with very fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection. All washed down with a glass of wine by me and a beer for the husband. This will certainly be somewhere we would visit again, but this time leaving the car at home so we can enjoy a few more drinks and admiring the gorgeous view!

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Saturday afternoon we headed to a local of ours that we still hadn’t visited yet (and one really should have by now!) the Young Henry’s brewery in Newtown. We caught up with Ryan’s sister over a few beers and cider in the packed brewery. It seemed everyone had similar ideas for the afternoon! Luckily we managed to find a seat easily and perched ourselves close to one of the many heaters they had on offer. The music was pumping, the taps were flowing and it just had a fantastic vibe. If you’re a lover of craft beer I suggest you get down and check it out.

We then headed to another inner west institute Sultans Table for dinner. Again, it was busy – so busy we had to sit out the front on the street! We were fine with this as there was a heater to keep us warm, and the delicious dips and lamb shish certainly helped too!

On the way to a friends house I stumbled across this little horse abandoned on the side of the road – so of course had to stop for a photograph! Ha!

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Sundays for us are generally days to get prepared for the week ahead. We like to do a big cook up for lunches and dinners and grab lots of fresh produce to keep us going for the week. After hitting the gym, thats exactly what we did! There is no better feeling than having a freshly stocked fridge and sitting down to a delicious breakfast with a warm pot of tea.

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Do you like to spend your Sundays preparing for the week ahead?

What did you get up to on the weekend? Share a photo using #snappyweekend either on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so I can check them all out!!

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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// Home //

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Now, as I spend each week sharing some my weekend highlights I thought it might be nice to see some of yours as well! You can post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Have a great weekend!