Thursday, February 14, 2019

How to Plan An Intimate Brunch

Brunch Concepts

Preparing a meal for others is a way to extend your heart. Dining together allows us to get to know each other better and connect with those we love. You can let your table setting speak for you. People will forget what you did and what you said, but people will always remember how you made them feel.

For brunch, I like to use my blue and white mixed matched patterns. Remember that sometimes less is more. Preferably use a tablecloth or placemats is determined by the occasion. As well as what food will grace it.

When having the girls over for tea, I would dress the table with a tablecloth, cloth napkins, breakfast plates, cups & saucers, and a platter of finger foods as a centerpiece. That is all that is needed.

For a romantic brunch for two, I like to have two place settings. The main course would be in the kitchen and desert in the sitting room. I want to have music in a different being vaguely heard from both chambers.

Romantic kitchen setting will have four placemats completed with two table settings and cloth napkins. The other two placemats will display main courses — flower arrangement as a centerpiece, fresh fruit, and bread.

A romantic, sitting room setting, displayed on the coffee table with candlelight, breakfast plates, and cups & saucers and cloth napkins. I would bring the rest of the fruit from the kitchen — also, toppings to put on the fruit and the central desert.

Brunch Main Dishes

The main course does not have to be fancy or complicated. Most people prefer simple contemporary food. In this fast-paced world, it is not easy to get family, friends, or acquaintances together for a home cooked meal in a dining setting and on a budget.

With work schedules and family responsibilities, Brunch is an excellent opportunity to meet and greet friends or business associates that add richness and fruitfulness to our lives.

Good Wholesome Gravy

From caramelized juices to a tasty gravy, this dish can complement a simple or elegant meal. The creatively in this dish is amazingly endless.

After removing cooked meat from a pan, do not let the drippings go to waste; only add some broth or wine in the drippings to deglaze. With one or two tablespoons of flour stirred in, it will make the paste. Then add enough water to make gravy. Seasonings added for a more flavorful sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

The sauce should be served hot. Sautéed diced vegetables (onions, peppers, mushrooms) can be included in the drippings or added to the gravy. Also, you can add shredded cooked meat (chicken, sausage, other). Being served from a gravy boat compliments any table.
"Gravy is the simplest, tastiest, most memory-laden dish I know how to make: a little flour, salt and pepper, crispy bits of whatever meat anchored the meal, a couple of cups of water or milk and slow stirring to break up lumps." — Dorothy Allison

Breaking Bread

The aroma of baking bread is irresistible and pleasingly uplifting. It is always worth the endeavor. The food, a symbol of love and harmony, can be served with honey butter, jellies, sauces, gravy or other. A meal is not complete without bread. The ways you can serve is endless.  It complements any table and every meal. As the bread passes around the table, it uplifts our spirits.

How Do You Like Your Fruit?

  • Fruit - Appetizer, Main Course or Dessert
  • Rainbow mixed fruit bowl with vanilla dressing
  • Fruit salad with raisins, coconut, and vanilla dressing
  • Fruit with cake, vanilla pudding, and cool whip salad
  • Fresh fruit and crushed cookies transform plain yogurt into a guilt-free treat worthy of devouring.
  • Fruit topped pizza
  • Fruit custard or pie
  • Watermelon
  • Pear halves topped with mayo and a cherry.