We are looking forward to our Valentine Brunch celebration this upcoming Sunday! I have put together a series of helpful hints, menus, and time savers in order to make this a fabulous event. No need to go overboard on decor and over feeding your guests. A simple menu, great food and a fun guest list will be enough to make this a fabulous event. With make ahead suggestions to make your day just as fun loving and inspired as your guests! We have selected menu ideas form Sunday Suppers, Cannelle et Vanille and our own repertoire of menus and gift ideas. we hope you all have a fabulous celebration!
xoxo paulina & daniela
French Toast With Mascarpone and Marmalade!
This simple recipe is loads of fun to make with guests. Gather everyone in the kitchen with Mimosas in hand and cook away! If you prefer to have everything ready before hand simply make your french toast and leave in a warming oven at 200 degrees until ready to serve.
I like to serve this meal with a beautiful large bowl of fresh berries! If stuffing your brioche with the mascarpone and marmalade seems somewhat daunting, simply place it in a pretty little dish with a serving spoon and allow your guest to use apply as desired!
Jam Butters & Buttermilk Biscuits
These delicious and simple butters are so easy to prepare and truly make a visual impact on your table! Everyone will leave raving about the simple details that set your parties apart. I happen to keep homemade biscuits from my favourite biscuit shop in Montreal, called Gryphon bakery, in my freezer at all times. So For Sunday, I will simply take those out the morning of and cook from frozen. Voila! Biscuits are easily sourced from bakeries and can be purchased either frozen or ready to eat! If you do choose to go ahead and make your own biscuits here is a delicious menu.
Vol Au Vents with Scrambles Eggs with wild Mushrooms & Asparagus
Do not be fooled by the beauty of this stunning little vol au vents bundles! This recipe is super easy...do not shy away! I promise this is simple, fast and beautiful. Guests will love their deep woodsy flavour and savoury option!
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Wild Mushroom, thyme and Bacon Scrambled Eggs in Vol Au Vent Pastry!
3 frozen vol au vent pastry shells cooked as per instructions.
3 strips of organic bacon cooked and crumbled.
6 organic eggs
2 sprigs of thyme stems removed
6 oyster mushrooms( or any mushrooms you may have)
3 green onion finely chopped
salt and pepper
Cook vol au vent in oven as per instructions.
In a pan cook bacon. Set aside.
In the same pan add green onion and thyme.
Add mushrooms and cook about 2 minutes.
Spoon egg mixture evenly into vol au vent pastry.
Garnish with bacon and fresh thyme.
The idea of making my own granola seemed somewhat silly to me as there are so many delicious options out there to choose from. However, the results you can achieve by creating your own variety and adding your own personal special touches can truly add a new level of intimacy and comfort to your brunches! Of course there is also the idea of cutting out the unnecessary ingredients, like sugar and salt that are often too much!
Here is a simple recipe you can prepare the night before and bake the morning of! Have fun with this recipe and feel free to add cranberries, chunks of dark chocolate and almonds and more!
O.k so now for one of my favourite parts of throwing a dinner party, lunch or breakfast. the take home guest for your guests! Don't overwhem your guests with large gifts that might make them feel uncomfortable. Instead double up your batches of a special recipe you feel proud of and hand them to your guests at the end of the day. I often do this with soups and send my guests home with a homemade mason jar filled with the soup we served for dinner. I tie a simple little ribbon around it and write thank you on a card and voila! That's all you really need.
These little bundles of sweet granola accompanied by little miniature jars of honey and yoghurt are a perfect example of a simple and thoughtful take home gift!
|A delicate way of presenting butter on valentine's Day. |
source Sunday Suppers
Stay Tuned for Some more valentine Posts on how to set the table, music suggestions and more.
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