Recipe Scene: Fancy Brunch

This isn’t so much a recipe as an idea for constructing a delicious breakfast or brunch.  Several years ago my kids and I started making this for breakfast on Christmas day, and now we make it for most special occasions – birthdays, Easter, mother’s Day.  You could make your own croissants – I did it once, it took forever and although they tasted nice they weren’t a patch on a good quality bought one.  You can of course use whatever ingredients you like, we’ve workshopped it a bit and this is our absolute favourite combination.  Now, how long til the next celebration?




Cream cheese

Smoked salmon


Scrambled eggs (see below)


Scrambled eggs –

1 egg per person, minimum 2 eggs

Dash of milk

Pinch of salt

Grind of pepper

Knob of butter



  1. Although this is a simple dish, you need to be aware of timing so that everything is ready at about the same time, so this is the order in which I do things.
  2. Get all the ingredients out on the bench and heat up the grill. Split the croissants in half and place on a baking tray or rack.  Place all the scrambled egg ingredients except the butter in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Place a saucepan on the stove, add the butter and heat until the butter is foamy. While this is happening pop the croissants under the grill.
  4. Pour the scrambled egg mix into the saucepan and stir with a spatula, making sure it doesn’t cook too quickly on the bottom. While keeping an eye on the eggs turn the croissants over.
  5. Remove the croissants form the grill. Keep stirring the eggs, and remove form the heat when they are almost done but still creamy – they will continue to cook after the heat is turned off.
  6. Spread half of each croissant with cream cheese, layer with smoked salmon, spoon over some of the eggs, add a few chives and top with the other half of the croissant. Make sure someone else has a nice cup of coffee ready for you and enjoy.

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Kate works in local government as an occupational therapist but her heart is in the kitchen. When she’s not looking through cookbooks Kate gardens, reads, sees films, listens to music and catches up with mates. She loves cooking mainly because it gives her an excuse to eat.