Brunch, with Benefits

Brunch, with Benefits

It's true what they say; food brings people together. And for me brunch is my favourite way to get friends and family around the table.

Before my girlfriend Isabelle and I became parents, we hosted dinner parties all the time. But then we became parents and our friends became parents, and we found ourselves hosting less and less. I mean, who has the time or energy to throw a nice dinner party (or attend one) when you have kids? Not to mention the stress of finding a babysitter.

Well, I found the perfect solution to entertaining with kids: brunch.

Kids are at their best during the day, they're happy and on their best behavior. And just as the cranky monster begins to rear its ugly head, the kids go home just in time for their nap. Everyone's happy!

Plus all the kids play together, so the adults finally get some time to catch up and talk about things other than cartoons. You also don't have to feel guilty about leaving them behind -- it's a gathering the whole family will look forward to.

The food is also a lot less fussy to make and serve. And, there are always lots of options that please both the adults and the kids so you don't have to worry "what will the kids eat" because everybody likes French Toast, right?

But the best part about brunch is, even after you clean up, and everyone has gone home, you still have the rest of the day to enjoy and maybe even take a bit of time for yourself.

So call up your friends and try some of these easy brunch recipes:

Apple and Cheddar French Toast
Easy Scrambled Eggs
Honey Mustard Peameal Bacon
Fruit Salad With Fresh Coconut and Mint

-- Stefano