In a very simplistic form, I am going to share with you what you need to know about brunch.
- It must be prepared in a leisurely manner. It is well worth suffering hunger pains to feed and subsequently entertain the kids in a far corner of your home in order to sit down to a late and decadent brunch.
- You may compile the perfect brunch for less than $15 for two. I love this. I can spend $30 – $40 on ingredients which will serve us for two to three Sunday brunches. That, my friends, is genius.
- Do your chores on Saturday. The day must stretch before you with long expanses of zero action items in order to appreciate the perfect Sunday brunch.
This concludes my Brunch Rules.
Now, go stock up:
- Inexpensive champagne: $12 – $15 for two bottles. Seriously, don’t waste your dollars. Mimosas call for a $5 – 8 bottle of extra dry).
- Low calorie/50% sugar orange juice: $3. First, you should be adding just a splash for the perfect mimosa. Secondly, that added sugar (not to mention calories) starts to wear on you, and for an epic SundayFunday, you’re going to want to put back 2 – 3 mimosas without fretting over saccharin sweetness and fat. Just sayin’.
- A giant wedge of President Brie. I like Sam’s for this, because at less than $9 we can nab a large wheel and serve it in thirds or halves over a couple of Sundays. Pop it in a baking dish to melt it, and add some local honey (hopefully already in your pantry) during or after baking. We like it a little caramelized, but it works equally well to add it prior to serving.
- Some croissants (4 – 6 at less than $4) from the local bakery or your grocery store. Don’t obsess, croissants are always amazing. Please.
- Ruby red grapefruit, $4 – $6. This is where I buck my normal tendencies: if you can score some lovely Florida grapefruit, do it – but it is A-Ok in my book to buy the large container of pre-supremed grapefruit in your store’s produce cooler. There is a lot of produce worth suffering for, and I’m one who will buy bags of carrots and peel/cut/chill them for my family’s snacking pleasure over buying prepared “baby” carrots. But on SundayFunday, I want my little slivers of grapefruit with no effort. When you serve them up alongside that ridiculous Brie and croissants, that yummy Ruby Red juice will sneak over to mingle with the melty cheese and honey, and you are going to want to sop all of that business up.
This is a lot of excess information, but I believe that being a well-informed partaker of the perfect Sunday brunch requires dedication, doing your homework and being fiercely committed to letting nothing stand in the way of your (restrained) indulgence.
Happy Sunday Funday!