Weekends are divine, and brunch is my favourite time. I am soooo poetic! But, it’s true. I love brunch; I love planning brunch, I love prepping for brunch, I love having friends over for brunch, and I love eating brunch. And Sunday’s are my favourite day for brunch!
Last weekend, we had some of our amazing friends over (well, “technically”, as Mouks would say; all of our friends are amazing – seriously!) and these particular compadres we hadn’t seen in quite a while. Life gets busy, and with kids, activities, work and coordinating schedules, we seem to only ever have time for … you guessed it – BRUNCH!
I love trying out new dishes, and am thankful, that for the most part, everything just kind of magically ‘turns out’. At least in my head it does … and everyone seems to choke it all down with a polite smile and a degree of enthusiasm … so I forge ahead with delight!
Part of enjoying a tasty meal, is the art of setting the table. I like to putter and fuss, and believe that everything tastes even yummier, with a delightful presentation. For this particular brunch, I pulled out some of my favourite pieces. My Baba’s cherished green depression glass bowl housed a yummy fruit salad (I often speculate on how this beloved piece came into her possession), while my antique yellow and white napkins snuggly engulfed delicious bagels in a sweet little basket.
And no table setting is complete without added height; so one of my many cake plates was layered with a coordinating red damask napkin with additional bagels gently laid on top. A secondary stand held a yummy homemade apple coffee cake, and a cute antique glass sugar pot with a lid, held some delectably delicious whipped creamcheese. I used a painted ceramic egg cup to host the capers and put it on a small rectangular glass plate with sliced red onions. To complete the look, everyone had a special ‘spreader’ at their place setting, lime rimmed crystal goblets for water, and red antique low stemmed juice glasses. I don’t segregate kids dishes from adult dishes. (I’m all about equal opportunity for breakage). Once Mouks hit the age of 3, we pretty much threw out the plastic cups and plates, and he went right to glassware and ceramic dishes. I think it makes everyone feel special, and particularly for nice occasions. In my head, I believe it instills a sense of confidence and the opportunity to act more grown up and “M” for mature. (I use this video game analogy to bribe Mouks into acting more mature, citing that he can start getting “M” rated games, when he can act like an older guy – hey! … whatever works – we gotta speak their lingo)! My mom (Bobs) did this whole dish deal for us as well … though I know I am certainly not scientific proof that it instills maturity, because I’m still a bit of a goofball AND a bull in a china shop!; but it sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?! And, in fairness to any youngen who’s eaten in Smackiland, they have not yet broken a dish or glass. Now, that’s impressive!
I did buy some lovely fresh tulips and put them in a butter coloured metal milk jug to coordinate with my vintage inspired creamy yellow dishes, meticulously placed on a faded red floral tablecloth reminiscent of a country garden. And… ahhhhhh… my ‘pre-spring’ brunch table was set!
I like to serve a menu with a variety of items everyone will enjoy. Here is a list of my latest offerings:
- Big D’s ‘Stand-Up’ Lattes. The name says it all… a load of rich, luxurious caffeine, smothered in frothy goodness, and so thick your spoon will stand up.
- Juice d’orange.
- San Pellagrino, with fresh lime wedges.
- Flavourful fruit salad, consisting of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple and blueberries. Topped with maple infused whipped cream. Mmmm…. Mmmm… who doesn’t love just a little touch of maple syrup goodness?
- Kettleman’s bagels (only THE best bagels in all of Ottawa); poppyseed, sesame and ‘everything’ selections.
- Deli toppings: prosciutto ham (a.k.a. Moukie’s ‘special ham’), smoked salmon, with ultra thinly sliced red onions and capers.
- Assorted cheese plate: stinky Rouy cheese, double cream Brie, and garlic Boursin, garnished with grape clusters and strawberries.
- Whipped cream cheese. I find spreadable creamcheese, whipped with my hand blender makes it creamier for spreading with not a lot of fuss.
- Delish berry jam.
- Pads of butter.
- Homemade apple coffee cake. Stay tuned for this uber awesome recipe!
- M-mm-mmm maple sausages…. yummmm… sausages! Easy to throw in the oven on a cookie sheet, and voila!
- Egg nests! Yeah… you heard me.. but these are different, there are no birds. My latest experiment…. I found a little recipe online, so gave it a whirl! Here’s the Smack-Attack version:
Please call ahead to book your Brunch reservation in Smackiland!
Now taking appointments….
Great Brunch except “Bobs” wasn’t there. I think the green dish was one of Baba & Dido’s wedding gift in 1920. LUL
True… It would’ve been so nice to have you here. Thanks for letting me know about Baba’s bowl… i wonder who would’ve given them such a treasure?
Ring ring,,,,,,,ring ring. “I’d like to make a reservation at chez smacki please”. LOL
OMGosh, I love brunches. I would eat brunch food for every meal if Mr B didn’t mind.
You’re a fab hostess Sher! Everything was presented with such heart and creativity. Loved the care you take even adding special napkins under the bagels…which I can’t even buy, because I’ll eat the whole bag in a couple of days. Isn’t it more fun when you can use things that are so dear to you? I love your awesome green depression glass bowl too, perfect for a pre-spring brunch.
Thanks for including your recipe, looks like it’s quick and easy. Do you guys have an Espresso maker for the Latte’s? I’ve been thinking of buying a home one and wondered what brand you have.
You are so dear to have all the kiddies share in the joy of dining with flare. I don’t remember that luxury as a kid. I can almost smell the coffee and bagels from here, I need a snack….ha LUL xoxox K
You r so sweet…. I would LOVE to have u here for a visit, and as many brunches as you can handle!
Stove top espresso maker & frother. Used to have a dehlongi, but it broke…. 😦 Dave makes lattes daily! Come on down!
Mmmm, lattes in your cute kitchen sound so Devine. Next time we are needing a little break, I am there with bells on. My laptop konked out this morning so I’m on Mr B iPad, one finger typing is hard …..urg Have a great weekend Lul xk
What a lovely table! I never think to have friends for brunch, but I love the idea. We’re more apt to do lunch or dinner.
You set a beautiful table. Clearly it runs in your lovely family.
Thank you! I love when we have friends over…. It’s the only time I really enjoy cooking (with the exception of baking… I do enjoy that)…. But the left overs last for days, which is a bonus!
Definitely a bonus to have tasty leftovers, especially with busy lives.
well I learned something today at your blog. Phyllo with eggs? I have only used it in Baklava ☺ So traditional yes?!
Phyllo ‘anything’ is yummy! 🙂 i like to make spanikopita with it too, full of spinach and feta goodness! I have never tried making baklava… I think i would be addicted… It is sooooo delish!
Looks absolutely amazing!
Thanks so much…. Pretty much all brunch fixin’s are delish!