Brunch is something that was once reserved for bank holidays when you’d all drunk too much the night before and couldn’t face getting up before 11am.
It was an excuse for eating a plate of black pudding, bacon, sausage and fried eggs – washed down with yet more booze.
And it was great.
There was no pretence it was healthy. There was no pretension of ‘artful’ food. The food WAS the art.
But our generation isn’t satisfied with genuinely tasty food. No, they have to make everything Instagram-worthy by turning as much of it as possible to ‘unicorn food’.
The latest is unicorn toast.
Started by food photographer and stylist Adeline Waugh, it’s basically normal toast with cream cheese which has been coloured in all sorts of pastel colours.
OK, it looks quite nice – especially if you have a kid who refuses to eat and needs to be persuaded to have breakfast. It’d probably work a treat then.
But do adults really need to eat rainbow bagels, rainbow sushi, rainbow doughnuts or rainbow cheese toasties?
Adeline’s ‘#ToastTheRainbow’ cream cheese topping has been coloured with natural dyes including beetroot juice, turmeric root and freeze-dried blueberry powder.
And that surely begs the question: Who in their right mind has the time of a morning to organically dye cream cheese. And what even is freeze-dried blueberry powder?
Adeline even told Cosmopolitan that the toast ‘looks pretty but it just tastes like a piece of toast with cream cheese’.
So WHAT IS THE POINT?
For the love of God, stop with the unicorn food.