You know how sometimes you get those weeks where everything seems to go wrong…or the simplest jobs become difficult and complicated? Well that’s the way it has been for me last week. It started with a broken wrist (the other half) which meant we were down one driver in the house….and trust me that is dire when you live in a rural area and everything is at least five miles away….this was closely followed by several outbreaks of cold/flu, a locked pin number which left me stranded with a trolley load of shopping and needing to visit the local branch (yep, five miles away) to retrieve cash, plus various other events sent to try me which for the sake of discretion I will not divulge here in public!!
Close to tearing my hair out I also wasn’t sure if our very first Sunday brunch would go ahead. I was on the verge of cancelling when I received several late bookings so changed my mind….and I have to say I’m very glad I did.
Despite the hubby’s broken wrist, self-inflicted hangover and general reticence about getting out of bed to help, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of breakfast guests and we relished the rare opportunity to sit down and join them. Before they arrived I was a nervous wreck…by the time they left I was happy, smiling and relaxed. I knew brunch was a good idea. I think a decent brunch can cure anything!!
We didn’t really get going until 12.30. I’d been vague about the time and everyone drifted in as and when they managed to find us, but on this occasion it wasn’t a problem. Those that arrived earlier read papers and drank tea whilst we awaited the arrival of the rest.
The menu was as follows…
- American drop pancakes with either smoked dry cure bacon and maple syrup or blackcurrant compote and Rachel’s dairy vanilla yogurt
- Potato and scallion pancakes with smoked salmon (from Llandudno smokery), sour cream and dill
- Red onion and smoked Welsh cheese frittata, slow roast tomatoes with rosemary and home-baked beans with chorizo
- Home made blaas (from Niamh Shields book Comfort and Spice) and my own toasted spelt and black sesame bread
- Home made jams and marmalade
As I got down to cooking pancakes the guests relaxed and started chatting and very soon the sound of laughter and conversation flooded the kitchen, a sure sign everyone had relaxed. Even our three-year old guest Orla had fun; rummaging through the box of toys we provided, tucking into pancakes, sausages and fresh-baked bread and she looked at home sitting round the table with everyone else.
Pancakes consumed we moved on to our second course. The tea and coffee pots replenished we all sat down and had a long leisurely chat. It was perfect. Even the other half enjoyed himself despite his ailments! No one could quite belive it when we looked at the clock and it said twenty to three!
It was such a sociable gathering I forgot to take pictures of the food (except the bread)…totally forgot.
Hosting Sunday brunch seems to impact more on family life. With hubby working full-time sometimes he needs a break at the weekend just to flop, so brunch might not happen weekend …but I think it was far too enjoyable to say never again!
Keep an eye out for ad hoc brunch events…the next one will be in the spring. As everyone left Orla smiled and said thank you for the lovely food….oh and here’s what the grown up guests said about it as well 🙂
Denise, thank you so very much for your hospitality today. I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed everything about our brunch, it really was brilliant and we would all love to come again sometime (Steve)
Absolutely delicious brunch enjoyed today, huge thankyou to Dee, family and the other guests. A dull wet Sunday transformed into a very enjoyable food experience (Mark)