Sunday Brunch

antique kimono

Now that we’re all more or less confined to our homes, the days tend to blend together. In this Covid19 version of Groundhog Day, the week just whizzes by. Seriously, I can spend days without even leaving the building (OK, I blame the bad weather…), and there are days when I consider getting dressed a major achievement…

And when it comes to work-life balance, well, it seems that we’re really working hard to even remember what that is (pardon the pun…). In my experience, working from home does not mean more time or a better work-life balance. It just means we have more time to work as we don’t have to spend time commuting…

This makes it even more important to take some time off at the weekend to rest and recuperate. And, now more than ever, it is important to have some unstructured time. No plans, no goals; just go with the flow, and do something just for fun.

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For example, to make weekends a bit more special, Professor M and I often have Sunday brunch at home.

Of course, this isn’t a completely new idea; BC (as in ‘before Covid‘) we would often go out to brunch. These days, even though most restaurants are still open here, it is a bit more problematic. I prefer not to take unnecessary risks, which is why we haven’t been to restaurants for ages (I really miss eating out) but usually just order takeaway.

Now, however, we’ve started making more of an effort to prepare brunch: I’m talking about scrambled eggs, avocado mousse, tomato and basil salad, the works.

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What’s so special about that, you might ask.

Well, for starters, neither one of us is much of a cook. My cooking mainly consists of chopping up some vegetables and either frying or steaming them, in one pot and in 20 minutes max. Professor M occasionally engages in culinary experiments that require using every pot and pan in the house. But apart from that, in this household, ‘cooking‘ is code for getting online and ordering something.

And the weekday breakfast, then? Well, that’s usually just muesli and fruit, or oatmeal. With lots of coffee, of course.

In other words, a brunch that takes longer to prepare than to eat is a bit of a novelty for us, but a welcome one.


Outfit & Decor:
vintage silk kimono (old) / nightie: Noom
table & chairs: Calligaris / lamp: Gubi Multi-Lite / floor lamp: Gubi PD2 /
curtains: Vallila / coffee mug: Marimekko


How do you relax after a week working from home?

Linking up with:

Elegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleA Labour of LifeCurly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink,  Not Dressed As LambLiving on Cloud NineElegance and Mommyhood, Nancy’s Fashion StyleShelbee on the EdgeA Pocketful of Polka Dots Style SplashAway from the BlueMummabstylish Mutton Years Style and I, Confessions of a Montreal Styling DivaIndependent Fashion Bloggers


    • Tiina L
      5 February 2021 / 3:39 pm

      My husband also enjoys cooking when he has more time. He finds it fun and relaxing. I, on the other hand, think it’s just an annoying chore…

  1. q
    5 February 2021 / 7:31 pm

    I find cooking and baking relaxing, if I’ve got enough time and especially inspiration, what to do. It is not at all relaxing, when after a working week nobody in the family has ideas for weekend dinners. But in general I try to make at least weekend breakfasts more special (definitely no kaurapuuro on Saturdays or Sundays). We have not had a brunch since summer, so thanks for the idea. -q

    • Tiina L
      10 February 2021 / 11:12 am

      I know what you mean: when you already have too much on your plate, cooking is just another chore you struggle to find time (or motivation) for.

  2. arlene gomes
    6 February 2021 / 10:28 pm

    When I worked full time and commuted, I didn’t find cooking dinner very fun. But now I am home and I enjoy cooking. I like to plan what I’m going to cook for the week and then go shopping for the ingredients. I know alot of people hate cooking and would rather just order food and I guess that’s a personal thing. Your brunch looked delicious! I’m sure you enjoyed it. Have you ever tried any of the companies that deliver boxes of ingredients with recipes that you cook yourself? There’s a few here – one being Fresh Chef. I can’t think of the other names. My daughter sent us a box with 3 different meals to cook. They were good but I found them to be too expensive for a weekly thing. Maybe if I was still working I’d try them again. Hope you continue to make a beautiful brunch and enjoy it together. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina L
      10 February 2021 / 11:18 am

      I know: I think I would enjoy cooking more if it wasn’t just another chore I don’t really have time for. Oh well, maybe when I retire…
      I haven’t tried the boxes with ingredients and recipes, even though we also have them here. They can be quite costly, not to mention they would still involve cooking, so… Anyway, now that we live in the centre of town, we literally have dozens of restaurants to choose from, which makes just ordering food the easiest option.

  3. shelbeeontheedge1
    7 February 2021 / 12:09 pm

    Avocado mousse?! I have never heard of that but now I need to make some! I really love the idea of a Sunday brunch at home to change things up. My breakfast is generally just coffee (I usually don’t eat until early afternoon for my first food of the day) but we try to have a Big Beach Breakfast every weekend which is a combination of all sorts of breakfast foods like a giant brunch buffet! I have not stepped foot inside a restaurant since last February. It feels kind of weird. You look fabulous in this gorgeous red robe! Thanks for linking with me!


    • Tiina L
      10 February 2021 / 11:22 am

      Oh yes, avocado mousse is delicious! All you need is a blender, and you can season it anyway you like (I use just black pepper and garlic).
      I really miss going to restaurants. And restaurants are open here, we just haven’t been to any of them since last autumn. And now that we’ve moved, we have dozens of nice restaurants practically at our doorstep… Life is so unfair. Yeah, first world problems…

  4. mummabstylish
    8 February 2021 / 7:47 pm

    Wearing the perfect look for staying indoors. Your food looks very yummy Hun. Jacqui x

    • Tiina L
      10 February 2021 / 11:23 am

      Thanks! I’m beginning to think that staying indoors is no excuse for ugly clothes. who knows how long this Covid situation will last…

  5. Jess
    9 February 2021 / 2:41 am

    Love your red kimono and nightgown, just a perfect color on you. I am craving breakfast food, some eggs, an omelet, we spoke about brunch this morning. I hear you about eating at restaurants, I miss it, but we have to wait until we can eat outside to be safer.

    • Tiina L
      10 February 2021 / 11:27 am

      Thanks, Jess!
      Yes, I prefer to wait until it’s safe, too. However, I do miss going out. It’s OK now that it’s cold outside (in my book, that’s the perfect excuse to stay indoors), but in summer it might be more difficult. Last summer we went out quite a lot, and everything seemed almost normal (except for social distancing and constant hand washing), I miss that.

  6. thestylesplash
    11 February 2021 / 12:23 am

    I love to have a nice leisurely breakfast at the weekend, although it doesn’t happen very often. I sometimes make pancakes for my daughter but I haven’t found a decent vegan version yet so I miss out! Your kimono is beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina L
      12 February 2021 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks, Emma!

  7. 14 February 2021 / 6:36 am

    Such colourful loungewear and this sounds like a really nice tradition to have! Our restaurants have been open for a long time too but we haven’t been eating out, takeaway is still how we do it, it’s been almost a year since we last ate in at a restaurant anywhere! To be fair though it wasn’t something we did a lot of before so not something we really miss!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you are having a nice weekend 🙂 We are having a quiet day today, after celebrating the lunar new year yesterday with family.

    • Tiina L
      15 February 2021 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Mica! I really miss going out. For such a long time, I’ve wanted to live in the centre of town, and now that we do (and have literally dozens of restaurants at our doorstep), we can’t really go anywhere. Oh well, I keep telling myself that this is temporary.

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