Stop by Rosa's Yummy Yums for the Sunday Brunch recap after 30 June. (added June 23)
Paul, a fellow Wisconsinite from Writing at the Kitchen Table, tagged me for the Brunch Meme.
Back in the days before we gave any thought to calories, cholesterol or any form of (shudder) healthy eating, Sunday Brunch was, indeed, a wonderful thing. After a good Saturday night of drunken revelry we would meander down to the boat around 11:00 Sunday morning. Picking up a few friends on the way we would slowly cruise over to one of the local hot spots. An hour or so sitting on the deck sipping Bloody Mary's or Screwdrivers would work up an appetite sufficient to tackle Brunch. By now our small group would number more than a dozen. We would, quietly, take over a large table in the dining room.
After the champagne was poured we would start the feast. A typical Brunch would include a huge Prime Rib Roast, bloody rare and carved to order; a freshly baked ham; eggs: Florentine, Benedict, poached, scrambled or fried; potatoes: scalloped, au gratin, fried and Cheesy Hash Browns (double the fat, double the fun); some sort of fish, poached or pan-fried; peel'em-yourself shrimp; typical breakfast fare: toast, bacon, sausage, waffles and pancakes; all finished off with the sweets: fruit crepes, cheese blintzes, chocolate cake, donuts and pastries. We would have an Irish Coffee to round out the meal and toddle off back to the boat, boating being much safer than driving. We'd spend the rest of the afternoon, anchored in convoy in the middle of the lake, snoozing and burning in the sun.
In winter we would drive across the lake (safer than driving on actual roads) and spend the afternoon snoozing in front of the fireplace.
If we were in the mood for something less traditional we could go to the other side of the lake to a Polynesian restaurant where we would get teriyaki chicken wings, little skewers of marinated beef, rumaki, and sweet and sour pork added to the already groaning table.
They were wonderful, these Brunches! Enough calories and alcohol consumed in one sitting to last for the entire week, Sunday lost in a fog of good food and drink, but wonderful!
Then we decided we'd not only like to live past 50, we like to do it with bodies that still functioned. We joined health clubs, went to fancy health spas on vacation, cut back on one or two things in our diet and eliminated the Brunches. We had fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, the only acknowledgment of Sunday was a pot of gourmet coffee to sip whilst reading the Sunday Funnies
When we moved to Ireland we treated ourselves to a 'proper' breakfast on Sunday mornings: eggs, bacon, sausage, beens, tomatoes, fried potatoes and toast; the rest of the week was Bran Flakes.
In Andorra I could indulge in Pa amb Tomaquet (Catalonian tomato bread) and tuna omelets at the golf course…. but after golf, not before so I think the would be (according to Paul and Homer Simpson) 'lupper'.
Here in France, Sundays have just kind of blended in to the rest of the week. There's always more work than time in the gardens and vines, even in winter. Because I have a condition called Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxsis, I can't eat a big meal and then work off the calories…I have to nap, or, at least, rest. So I tend to eat light in the mornings.
Brunch now? Other than the once-a-year early Sunday morning deliver of fresh croissant and pan au chocolat it's cereal. Usually boring old Bran Flakes (or Petals, as they are called here). In winter, sometimes, we have hot porridge and rarely, we'll have omelets or poached eggs.
The closest I come to any decadence at all is 'Fitness avec Chocolat Noir', rice and oat flakes with a few 'petals' coated in a lovely dark chocolate.
How times have changed!
Actually, I just Googled and the old place still has Sunday Brunch, albeit with a few healthier options, so it should be:
How I have changed!
Now the hard part: who's Sunday kitchen would I like to peak into?
Pookah, at What's Cooking in Carolina could give us a southern twist
Christine, at Christine Cooks could give us a healthy twist
Mimi, at French Kitchen in America, now that she's back from France, could tell us about current Wisconsin brunches