With vaccination rates on the rise, we are starting to reflect and look forward to dipping our toes into small gatherings at home with the people we already live with or those who have also been vaccinated. Brunch is a low-stakes starting point.
I offer some menus selected from our archives for your consideration. Make a whole slate, if you like, mix and match, or just choose a recipe you like.
Menu 1: let’s hack it
Strawberry Barley Scones. While waiting for the fresh berries to arrive, strawberry jam sandwiched between two layers of tender scone dough will do the trick.
Trago de Gallo. This drink is inspired by fresh tomato pico de gallo and Bloody Mary, though it’s lighter than this brunch staple.
Menu 2: Baby, brunchons
Giant dutch baby with fruit. If you like the idea of an awesome brunch dish but don’t want a lot of prep, this puffy baked pancake is the answer. Assemble it in a few minutes, let the dough rest and then bake to take it out of the oven when everyone is seated.
Salad of herbs and their stems. With a sweet dish, I like the idea of a side salad loaded with greens. There’s also no overwhelming dressing, just lemon and olive oil.
Walk on. This variant of the screwdriver adds turmeric, honey syrup, and sparkling water to the standard mixture of orange juice and vodka.
Menu 3: Prepare in advance, get out of bed
Strata Primavera Breakfast. You can assemble this dish a day in advance (it needs to sit at least 8 hours anyway), so there’s not much to do in the morning.
Rosemary lemonade. Feel free to refrigerate this refreshing drink overnight. It’s zero-proof as it’s written, or you can prick it with something like vodka.