Brunch needn’t be expensive. It doesn’t have to be in a fancy restaurant with cocktails and selfies. It doesn’t need a special outfit. It’s not something that should be restricted to a particular type of person, or demographic – though unfortunately that is all too often the perception.

Some of the brunches I’ve most enjoyed have been in the kitchens of friends and family. I truly believe that all you need for brunch is good food, time and good company.


I think everyone should eat great food every day. Eating well means learning to cook. It means banishing the mindset that preparing daily meals is a huge chore or takes tremendous skill.

A while ago I came across a great recipe book written by Leanne Brown. Designed for low-income households, the recipe book aims to help people living on restricted budgets to create good quality, healthy meals. As these recipes prove, low cost needn’t mean low on nutrition or taste, and the end result would be a proud addition to any table!

As a writer in Europe, who has spent time in a few different countries, I’ve met enough people to know that the cost of living varies wildly, so whilst introducing these recipes, I am aware that it may not be possible to purchase some of the same ingredients within an equivalent budget, but there’s a lot of inspiration here and some great guidelines.

I’ve chosen a few recipes from the book which I think could work really well for a pot-luck style brunch buffet.

  1. Tomato Scrambled Eggs (p15)
  2. Banana Pancakes (p18)
  3. Chocolate Zucchini (Courgette) Muffins (p21)
  4. Wholewheat Jalepeno Cheddar Scones (p22)
  5. Brussel Sprout Hash & Eggs (p65)
  6. Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta (p118)

Leanne has made the book freely available to all as part of her mission to demonstrate that healthy food can be accessible to anyone. You can find the original pdf download to the book here: ‘Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day’.

To learn more about Leanne: http://www.leannebrown.com


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