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Stylish Weekends | December 13, 2015 |

Instagram-worthy brunch dishes

to make this weekend

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Whether it’’s a groaning medieval banquet or teetering Victorian confection, presentation has long been a huge part of what we eat. But such is the power of Instagram, photogenic food has never been so popular.

Here are our brunch favourites.

Shakshuka your way

Instagram loves this hearty Israeli brunch recipe. Traditionally, it uses ripe tomatoes, local feta and fresh garlic spiced with cumin, paprika and cayenne. The godfather of Middle Eastern cooking Yotam Ottolenghi has a good recipe to use as your base and he encourages creativity to use whatever else you fancy. We like Elly Pear’’s version (@ellypear), seen here with kale and halloumi. Serve with sourdough and fresh herbs.

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Image source: EllyPear/Instagram

Scandi Smørrebrød

Scandinavian food style never loses its cool. Known globally as smørrebrød, the Scandi staple is built on a sourdough rye bread. Fast to make, easy to share. Sound good? Dive in to Copenhagen food photographer and blogger Renee Kemps’’ (@renee_kemps) vibrant take on classic toppings – goat’s cheese and fresh fig, smoked salmon and heirloom tomatoes.

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Image source: ReneeKemps/Instagram

Smoothie bowl masterpiece

Something of a phenomenon led by healthy food bloggers, the smoothie bowl is packed with nutritional goodness and is easy to prepare. Bowls don’’t come any more beautiful or interesting than Anni Kravi’’s (@anniskk) creations. This one takes the concept to a new level – redcurrant, beetroot, banana, acai and yoghurt with gluten-free fig and pistachio muesli, strawberries, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, coconut and bee pollen.

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Image source: AnniKravi/Instagram

Spice it up with masala dosas

This classic Indian brunch has at its heart a satisfying, traditional spicy potato filling, served up with your chutney (sambal) of choice. Intensely flavourful, the traditional version is allowed to ferment overnight. Pressed for time? Coco and Cocoa puts a twist on a simpler Jamie Oliver recipe, using smashed sweet potatoes.

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Image source: Coconcocoa/Instagram

Next level avocado toast

Scotching any thoughts that healthy can’’t be tasty – and good-looking – avocado and toast were made for each other. And it’’s popular: at time of writing, there are 53,561 posts tagged #avocadotoast.

Indeed, according to Man Repeller, it’’s fundamental to the existence of Instagram:

“’It’’s rumored that Instagram founder Kevin Systrom created the app after visiting Manhattan’’s Cafe Gitane and saw people photographing their strange yet delicious green-smeared toast.’”

Enhance yours – street-food style – by toasting a bagel, adding a lightly-fried egg, diced tomato, sriracha sauce and wrapping in foil, à la the seductively delicious Put an Egg on it NYC.

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Image source: PutAnEggOnItNYC/Instagram

Persian kookoo sabzi

Give your friends something new. An intriguing green-tinged dish, this eggy bake is stuffed with fenugreek, coriander, parsley and spring onions. Make as one large omelette, cut into wedges and serve with a dollop of yoghurt and tomato side.

Sally Butcher perfected the recipe during her adventures as a vegetarian around the Middle East. NY blogger Heaven On The Table (@heavenonthetable) uses spinach, parsley, spring onions, mint and turmeric.

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Image source: HeavenOnTheTable/Instagram

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