…And a few more.
Happy New Year (English). Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar (Dutch). Bonne année (French).
Have a wonderful ones dear friends. I hope 2013 brings us closer, forges new relationships and sees us fulfilled.
I’m drawing up my resolutions, which must include partying. As in hosting more parties, and get-togethers with families and friends.
And so for New Year’s Day, we started on that one in style – by hosting a Brunch for two families, in line with our new family tradition of Sunday Brunch.
My key priorities were twofold: recipes that could be made-ahead – days before and on the day; and the necessity of the having the breakfast trio of bacon, sausages and eggs.
On the menu we had:
Panettone, an Italian yeasted bread-cake. Apparently the best are storebought, so I say goodbye to the thought of ever making it at home.
Foie Gras, with Fig jam, which were both gifts from friends
Made 2 or more days before & refrigerated:
Mixed berry sauce
Gingerbread house (but that’s a separate post)
Made the day before:
Made on the day & refrigerated:
Whipped cream, two ways – lemon cream cheese and plain, sweetened (Made-ahead on the day, then refrigerated)
Two salads – a Tomato salad (Made-ahead, then kept at room temperature for the flavours to develop)
Apple, cucumber salad with chopped cilantro (Made-ahead on-the day, then refrigerated)
Green onion sausages (Made-ahead, kept warm till service), on a bed of sauteed onions and green bell peppers
Cheesy-Mushroom Pull-apart bread (Prepared ahead, then baked at the last minute)
Bread pudding, two ways – with nuts and without (Prepared ahead, then baked at the last minute)
Crepes (Make-ahead, kept warm till service)
Oatmeal, two ways: Plain, and a bruleed version, with a layer of apples, topped with oats and fired under the broiler.
My friend, B brought some Mexican wedding cookies which were crisp and crumbly and perfect for brunch after!
Some combinations were:
- Crostinis with foie gras and fig jam
- Crepes with whipped cream and berry sauce
- Bread pudding with whipped cream and custard
- Cheesy mushroom bread with sausages, scrambled eggs and tomato salad
- Panettone with chocolate sauce
Just before the official brunch kick-off:
Scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions and chilli peppers
We truly had a great, great, great start to the new year. There was love and lots of laughter. And only a few leftovers.
Happy New Year friends. Do share your brunch ideas with me.
Lots of love X X X