From French toast drizzled with honey to smashed avocado toast with a squeeze of lemon, celebrate the weekend and get ready to discover four delicious European brunch ideas. Brunch is an extremely popular way to catch up with friends, indulge in comfort food, and just take things a little slower after a long working week. Taking recipes and flavours from Italy, France, Spain, and England, here are a handful of brunch ideas that you can make at home for a delicious and relaxing Saturday morning.
We can’t talk about brunch without mentioning French toast. A classic brunch idea, French toast can be easily made at home. First, you’ll need a loaf of bread (or you can bake a fresh batch), fresh local eggs, organic milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk together the two eggs and a little milk, as well as a sachet of vanilla extract. Slice the bread and put them in a shallow dish. Lovingly pour the egg mixture over the slices of bread. Allow soaking for a couple of minutes before turning the bread over. Next, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan, and fry the bread for three minutes on either side over medium heat. Once ready, stack on a plate and dust with icing sugar and top with Italian cherries.
Avocado toast is a firm favourite among millennials across Europe and can be upgraded with a squeeze of lemon or a little fresh chilli. Using a ripe avocado, scoop out the green goodness, and with a fork, smash until creamy. After making toast, top with avocado and add sea salt to taste. Next, squeeze over lemon juice, add a handful of fresh watercress, and if you’re brave, top with chilli. You can also add a poached egg on top of your avocado toast or add smoked Spanish paprika for heat.
If you ever travel to Europe and head out for brunch, you’ll almost always find fluffy pancakes on the breakfast menu. But it’s also very easy to make this brunch idea at home. First, mix 135g of plain flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and two tablespoons of caster sugar. In a separate bowl, combine 130ml of organic milk, a lightly beaten egg, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Carefully add the milk, eggs, and oil to the dry mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Now, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat with a little butter. Now pour in the pancake mixture until it reaches the sides of the pan. When the top begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until golden brown. Add double cream and fresh fruit.
It is very common for French people to have a croissant for breakfast and a strong black coffee. Most professionals in Paris will visit a ‘la Boulangerie’ before heading to work to grab a freshly made croissant and coffee. A cornetto, the Italian version of the classic French croissant, is another popular brunch idea and tends to be softer and usually contains a sweet filling. To enjoy this romantic brunch idea with a loved one, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now buy Italian croissants online. Choose from vanilla, cherry, apricot, or chocolate-filled croissants.
Posted on July 5, 2021
5 Easy Back-to-School Snack Box Ideas!
Summer vacation has ended, and it is time for all the little munchkins to return to school. As difficult as it is for them to finally get out of the summer mode and get into the regular schedule, we also understand how busy and chaotic the prepping time can get every morning for all you moms & dads out there! To ease your load (just by a little bit), we have put together a few simple snack options to pick from for your Li'l one's lunch/snack box that is fun and healthy! | Classic Pancakes | You cannot go wrong with pancakes, no matter how fussy an eater a kid is! An easy peasy breakfast option prepared using simple ingredients + 5 minutes of your time. All you need is some all-purpose flour, add in eggs, milk, and salt + whip it up. Butter up that pan and pour in the mix. Layer it and top it up with fresh berries or your favourite fruits with a generous dash of maple syrup. Tada! Breakfast is ready to be served. | Cheese and Turkey Roast Sandwich | A quick lunch fix that is not only delicious but is also easy to prepare. Toast a slice of bread, apply butter, and layer it with fresh lettuce and tomato slices. Top it up with rolled-up turkey roast slices and cheese. Next, add another layer of lettuce with the top layer of buttered bread. A tasty sandwich that is perfect for a lunch break! The fresh veggies bring in a refreshing feel, while the cheese and turkey ham add the required flavour and protein! | A Classic Jam Sandwich | An oldy but for sure a goldy, that has been a favourite snack pick for ages now! Correct us if we are wrong, but no one can beat the classic jam sandwich in the simple and light evening snack department. The time required to prepare it is 5 minutes, the ingredients required are just 3, and the chances of your Li'l one not liking it is zero! Spread some butter on a slice of bread, top it up with the flavourful berry, plum, apricot or any jam flavour of your Lil one’s choice and layer another slice of bread on top. Less messy, more fun! You can even try some chocolate spread along with butter too. | Mixed Fruits | A healthy lunch box is incomplete without at least one fruit, and you know what is even better than one? Adding a variety of slices that it is colourful and make their way into Li'l one's tummy, like some nutrient-rich berries, grapes, kiwi and much more! We recommend picking fruits that are currently in season to make sure they are fresh and delicious. | Pignoli Cookie | There is one thing you will never have to force your Li'l one to eat, any guesses? Yep, you guessed it right. COOKIES it is! Now, have you tried a classic Italian Pignoli Cookie? No? Then you are missing out on something fantastic! An authentic cookie recipe to satisfy every sweet tooth. So delicious, we bet you won't be able to keep your hands off the cookie jar! A quick five ingredients recipe - Pine nuts, almond paste, sugar, egg white and a pinch of salt - mix it up, bake & enjoy the deliciousness in no time. A healthy tummy leads to a healthy mind, and we know you do not want to miss out on any chance to fill up your kid with all the nutrients required. We at Casinetto, put in all our expertise, in sourcing the best products in all of the Italian and European markets, without compromising on the quality. Shop now from our Back to School collection and fill your pantry with all the essentials today! Buon Appetito
Bye Bye Summer, Hello Barbeque Season!
Ciao! The magical winter season is right around the corner, and for all of us in UAE, it is finally time to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. Barbeque is our favourite thing to do in the winter season. Is it your favourite too? Well then, take out those grills and sharpen your knives because it's time to barbeque. 'Grigliata' which translates to grill-out, is a century-old Italian tradition that has evolved with time. A fun chance to get together, relax and enjoy some great food with family + friends. To prep you for the same, let us hook you on to some top barbecue essentials so that you do not miss out on all the fun! | Coal | The most basic must-have for a successful Grigliata is excellent quality coal. Don't you agree? This one product has the power to induce the right amount of flavour to the meat and set the tone for the evening! So be extra picky and make sure to select the best quality barbeque coal. | Meat | Now, let's talk about some juicy essentials. The selection of meat is endless, and we feel - the more choice, the merrier. It is a known fact that when entertaining, variety is always the key, and it is always better to make sure all your guests have a host of options to choose from. Choose the seasonal favourites like lamb chops, ribeye, striploin, milk-fed veal french ribs or from seafood selections like salmon/shrimp/squid etc, or just go all out with a platter of Grigliata Mista di Carne along with some flavourful olives, veggies and easy + fabulous DIY spicy mayo dip, which can be prepared using mayonnaise & your fav spicy sauce! | Buns, Butter & Sauce | Time for some simple, yet equally important essentials. Well, who doesn't love a good old classic barbeque burger? We sure do! A burger made using freshly grilled meat + buttered-up buns sounds like a dream. Pro-tip - make sure to keep your pantry stocked with a selection of sauces i.e. from a classic BBQ sauce to red hot sauce & some yellow mustard. | Vegetables & Herbs | Make sure to add a refreshing touch to your meat spread with seasonal vegetables and herbs. Aromatic herbs like rosemary, parsley, and dried oregano with fresh veggies will no doubt bring out a unique taste to your grills. | Cola & Juices | How about some refreshing beverages to enjoy along with the fabulous meat spread? Fizzy cola is an ideal thirst quencher, but if you are a mocktail-kind of person, it would be a great idea to go ahead and prepare yourself and your guest a chilled pitcher of lemon mocktail/fresh fruit juice. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser + a kid-friendly option too. As summer comes to an end, it is time to welcome an exciting all-new season, filled with lots of fun grilling. We at Casinetto, have got you all covered for the same and are ready to help you experience this beautiful winter with a table full of fantastic food. Check out and pick from our ultimate barbeque selection and make sure to share with us your favourite winter food experience in the comment section below! Buon Appetito
Presenting our Halal Favourites!
Ciao! Are you ready to taste something fantastic this weekend? Yes? Well, we are equally excited to share with you what we have in store! Hint - it’s halal. As we believe good food is not just a necessity but a way of life, today we bring to you the best halal meat selection that is fresh and of the highest quality. Get your grills out & kitchen ready cause here comes a set of deliciousness you cannot miss! | 1. Lamb | Lamb is red meat from young sheep and can help you prepare and serve a beautiful feast to your guest. A definite must try recipe: Agnello con le olive! A traditional Italian dish that's prepared using lamb + black olives as the main ingredient along with fresh onions, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, add in some seasonings and in a few simple steps, Voila! A protein-rich supper is ready. | 2. Veal | Our Milk-fed veal is tender, tasty and available in a host of cuts for every kitchen masterpiece! A culinary favourite that is fresh and of such supreme quality, you will forever cherish the experience. We say it is the perfect meat option to prepare a delicious Italian delicacy, Cotoleta Alla Milanese for dinner and enjoy with family and friends. | 3. Chicken | Planning a dinner for two but want to go fancy too? Well, then you must try the fabulous Chicken Cacciatore! Easy to prepare and loaded with fresh veggies, now that is what we call a healthy meaty dinner! | 4. Beef | With the delightful Bresaola, Salame Milano Beef, and Spicy Salami Spianata in presence, you cannot miss out on an opportunity to prepare a flavourful beef charcuterie. Add in a selection of fresh Italian fruits along with the king of cheese Parmigiano Rigano PDO, and there you have it, a platter so perfect, that everyone is going to enjoy and talk about all night! All this Halal option, need we say more on what you can plan and prepare this weekend? Try our latest collection of halal favourites and experience meat like no other time! Why go out when you can cook restaurant-style dishes loaded with flavour in the comfort of your own?! At Casinetto, we believe in serving the best, and we make sure to bring the products of the highest quality from Italy and the whole of Europe to your dinner table. <<<<< Order Now >>>>> Buon Appetito