Sunday Brunch. We all know it; love it. In my somewhat mixed up past, I was not a fan of brunch. No until my early twenties when I went to dim sum one Sunday morning. The dim sum was rather meh, and I don’t remember what I ate, but from then on the idea of brunch had more appeal. I know, it’s weird.
Ever since finding maple syrup in Casino I’ve had a craving for pancakes. This Sunday, after a rather depressing and stressful week, including nothing but rain rain rain, I needed a little comfort food. Or a day of comfort food.
I can’t eat pancakes, eggs, ham, cheese, fruit, tomatoes, bread, hash browns all in one sitting. Not often anyway. So I decided to divide it up. Apple pancakes for lunch.
Eggs with Vendée ham, pan-cooked veggies, and a baked tomato for dinner. A little bit of goat cheese on the top of the tomato before we cut into the baguette and Langres with a bottle of Rasteau.
And that’s it. Perfect comfort food. Warm, sweet followed by savory – totally the opposite of how a meal should be taken – but this was two meals so it’s ok.
Brunch has even started to interest the French. It’s not accepted by all, but some restaurants in Paris, Lyon and other big cities are starting to offer a brunch menu. Magazines are writing about it with recipes and tips for those experimental French who want to eat outside the accepted meal times.
I tend to be a traditionalist, but I have to say, I’m excited about the French embracing brunch.
So, what is it about brunch that you love so much? For me it’s the comfort. It’s warm, homecooked-style food, and if it’s not warm it’s fresh and satisfying. Eggs, hash browns, stewed tomatoes, ham and sausages, fresh fruit salads, pancakes, orange juice – with a dash of champagne of course! You can do up the brunch and make it fancy, but it’s still eggs, sausage, fruit and pancakes.
But oh! The variety! How do you like your eggs? What kind of sausage or ham? (Please don’t say bacon – blech) Do you take that melon slice at the end or a whole grapefruit? Coffee, mimosa or both? I’m a both kind of person.
By the way: Why are eggs considered a breakfast food? Did you know it goes back to the ancient Greeks? The things you learn in history class.
There’s no recipe. Brunch is pretty straight forward. How do you like your brunch? When and where do you brunch? I’m sure you’ll agree we should do it more often.