Sunday, October 23, 2011

big Sunday brunch

it's sunday again.
sundays aren't really my favourite day of the week here. going to church isn't really that fun or enjoyable and often i come home quite tired from trying to corral my kids and not make too much of a scene. it's enough that we're mzungus {white people} without being rowdy mzungus. 
but that's not what this post is about.
big Sunday brunch is partly for me. to eat delicious and filling food before heading out to church that happens to fall right over the lunch hour.
this week i had some leftover pumpkin puree from thanksgiving so i made up my own pumpkin spice pancakes and served them up with an overnight egg bake. add some tea and juice and you've got yourself a big Sunday brunch.

here's the overnight egg bake {which was delicious, by the way!}:

8 eggs
1 cup of milk
8 slices of slightly stale bread {more or less...whatever looks good to you. this recipe is totally changeable depending on what you have in your fridge/cupboard/pantry}
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
whatever else you want to throw in! {i used 1/2 a green pepper, 1/2 a red onion - finely diced, some pork sausage. next time i'll add in some tomatoes and maybe some mushrooms too!}

assemble ingredients and put in a large, greased casserole dish. cover and put in the fridge the night before.
in the morning, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes or until it's not so jiggly and looks done to you.

and the pumpkin spice pancakes while they were in the pan {also a hit!}:

2 cups flour
2 T sugar
4 t baking powder
1 t salt, optional
combine separately and add:
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil or melted shortening
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t each cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
stir quickly until blended and then drop onto an {ideally} hot, greased griddle {or you can just use a large pan like i do.} in any size you prefer {i use a 1/4 cup measuring cup}.
keep warm in a warm oven on a baking sheet if you want to serve all at once. serve with  maple syrup or anything else you think would go nicely with pumpkin spice pancakes!

one thing i do love about sundays here is after church, once we get home, we hear hymns being sung in luganda for the whole afternoon coming from a nearby church. it's beautiful with all the different harmonies and i often hum along with them.
there are always things to be thankful for. sometimes you just have to listen for them.

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  1. Oooh, they both sound yummy and I'm wishing we had a service over lunch hour so I could also do a brunch every sunday! Brunch for one hmmmm? will try both recipes soon, thx!

  2. That looks amazing! :) My friend spent 6 months in Uganda and missed "western" food the whole time.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love reading your blog entries too!
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  4. I love the view down at your set table - it looks so homey and delicious!

  5. Great recipes. I love that you always have Sunday brunch and that you're humming along with the songs. Sometimes, it's SO good to just listen.


  6. Holy cooking/baking/throwing-together-what-you've-got batman!!! You're amazing. My aunt Adele can cook and bake in the same way. I am not envious, just excited for you to educate me when you get back. Hooray for good 2 years. :) And I hear ya about the hymn harmonies. James and everyone else think me crazy, but I often download stuff like that. Its just so...earthy and real and honest.

  7. hooray for Sunday brunch day!

    amen to the harmonies.. i miss they're stinkin awesome ones.


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