Bagels for breakfast

Bagels for breakfast

I’ve always loved to have people over for dinner.  It’s a great way to catch up with friends without spending a fortune, it’s a good opportunity to spend the day cooking and best of all, it’s comfortable…you can entertain in your trackies if you wish.

Now that I have 3 small children, inviting people over for dinner is not as appealing as it once was.  By the time i’ve fed, bathed and put the kids in bed, I’m ready for bed myself! The thought of making another mess, cleaning it up and staying awake until midnight when I know I will be woken at 6am (quite possibly with a sore head) takes all the joy out of it.

So I’ve been thinking…how do you keep cooking for your friends while making life easy for yourself and keeping your kids happy at the same time?  I think the answer is in shared breakfasts.  Why don’t we do this more often?

If you keep it simple by buying ingredients that don’t require cooking, you can throw a spread together quite easily.  It’s always a good idea to buy bread on the day, particularly bagels as I’ve used, I find they go hard quite quickly.

So here is my idea for a slow sunday breakfast with friends.  I hope it gives you some inspiration!


  • Pick a couple of bagel combinations and place all the ingredients out individually so everyone can help themselves.  I’ve used the classic combinations of:
    • Smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, capers, pickled cucumber, lemon and red onion.
    • Bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato
  • Or you can mix it up with smoked trout, pastrami, mustards etc
  • If you have a BBQ close by, you could do hot salmon, fried eggs, halloumi, chorizo…
  • Buy your bagels on the day to make sure they are nice and fresh
  • It’s coming into orange season so make the most of it and squeeze some fresh juice, or, leave your juicer out and a bowl of oranges for everyone to squeeze their own! Maybe away from the table… juicers are noisy…
  • It’s not really breakfast if you don’t finish with a coffee…have some danishes on hand to add a bit of sweetness.


How do you do your shared breakfasts?


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