Wel­come to Septem­ber

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I’m go­ing to make a lit­tle ad­mis­sion – I don’t eat break­fast. Gasp! I know. Yes, it’s partly be­cause I’m a ter­ri­ble morn­ing per­son (apolo­gies in ad­vance to my fi­ancé for a life­time of grumpy starts to the day). Yes, it’s partly be­cause I’m lazy and don’t want to rise even a minute ear­lier than I have to. But mostly, hon­estly, it’s be­cause it’s a con­tender – when done right – for my favourite meal of the day. And so I only in­dulge in brunch on the week­end, when it can be done prop­erly. When I can cook at leisure, eat un­hur­riedly and put off the wash­ing up, in­def­i­nitely, while I pot­ter.

Like most of us, I’m a crea­ture of habit and nor­mally my brunch­ing rit­ual in­volves av­o­cado – and so I was in­spired to clear my di­ary over the next few week­ends to try out John Gre­gory-Smith’s in­cred­i­bly tempt­ing recipes. Peanut but­ter driz­zle pan­cakes? Con­sider me a con­vert. Greens and gruyère toastie? Con­sider me de­voted.

I also like hav­ing brunch cooked for me – par­tic­u­larly the full English(s) I en­joyed on my trav­els to Tis­bury re­cently. This lit­tle pocket of Wilt­shire might not in­stantly jump to your mind for a week­end jaunt, but it should. It, like the rest of our travel fea­tures, is an au­then­tic, af­ford­able foodie ad­ven­ture that shouldn’t be missed. There’s plenty more, of course, to help you cel­e­brate this last hur­rah of sum­mer, too – from fool­proof recipes from one of my favourite food writ­ers, the in­fec­tiously en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edgable Diana Henry, to se­ri­ously smart and speedy lunch ideas that can be packed up for work or eaten on the hoof. What will you cook first?

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