Friday was my friend Radha's birthday, and in lieu of a gift, I offered to make her a Saturday brunch. She was happy to accept! I asked our other friend, Jenn, to be my co-pilot :)
I wanted the brunch to be casual, fun and include good but not fussy food. Here's a photograph of the table prior to the food: I used different colored plates, martini glasses, bowls and tall drinking glasses. For the center piece, I bought bright pink gerber daisies and mums in white and purple.
On the menu:
1) Smoked salmon with thyme cream cheese (I simply added fresh thyme to cream cheese and mixed it all together...I was going to use dill originally, but the store didn't have it), sliced cucumbers and tomatoes on a sliced French baguette
2) Roasted brunch potatoes (I will be posting a full recipe later this week)
3) Jenn's amazing fruit salad (Jenn seriously bought pretty much every single fruit imaginable--watermelon, apples, mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, kiwis, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and bananas--we mixed everything together other than bananas and grapes)
4) Drinks courtesy of Jenn: orange/mango/peach juice mixed with one of those fuzzy Italian sodas and topped with a few raspberries and blueberries: delicious!
Jenn's Amazing Fruit Salad
Here is the table with all the food and drinks! I also gave Jenn and Radha a lesson on how to make poached eggs (the eggs went on top of the roasted brunch potatoes).There was plenty of food, girl talk and fun. In fact, after drinking and eating, we all took a 2 hour nap! I'm not sure what that says about my hosting skills :)
After the nap we devoured the fruit salad topped with home-made whipping cream and also baked biscotti (I will be posting those on Robyn's blog on Thursday. For those of you who just can't wait, they were made with crystallized ginger, pistachios and orange zest).