This brunch was heavily influenced by the boys. They're both excellent cooks and homebrewers extraordinaire. Daniel has an obsession with cooking with whole grains. Marshall believes you shouldn't buy things you can easily make yourself. By their powers combined, we came up with the centerpiece for this brunch: ricotta spelt crepes, from this book which my mother got for Daniel last winter. They only have spelt flour, which makes Daniel do a little dance, and delicious fresh ricotta, which Marshall had never made before but which came out perfectly. They were complemented beautifully by sauteed spinach and mushrooms and by fresh tomatoes with basil. Add some tasty fruit and an even tastier chocolate raspberry tart and you have a lovely summer brunch.
Brunch with Ricotta Spelt Crepes
Ricotta Spelt Crepes
Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms
Fresh Tomatoes with Basil
Mimosas (we remembered the champagne!)
Soft Chocolate Raspberry Tart
This brunch took about two hours to throw together (with some work done the night before), but except for the part where you have to stand over the stove and flip delicate crepes, the whole thing was breezy, especially if you're good about delegating the chopping of fruit and tomatoes and the preparation of bacon. I will admit, standing over the stove watching crepes was not the best use of my un-airconditioned kitchen, but they were so good. Crispy edged, nutty, creamy, slightly salty, these are by far the best crepes I've ever made. If you have (heavens forfend) central air, please make them all the time.
Putting this brunch together looked something like this:
Night before: Shop. Watch your roommate make ricotta. Make and bake tart crust.
Two hours before: Make crepe batter.
One and a half hours before: Fill and bake tart.
One hour before: Make spinach and mushroom filling.
Half hour before: Put bacon in the oven. Start making crepes!
When guests arrive: Set them to work chopping fruit and tomatoes.
When the bacon is crispy and the last crepe has been shaken from the pan: Eat!
Recipes to follow throughout the week!