brunch

i love to make brunch since it’s a nice opportunity to try many things all at once. today we had:

the brunch was for eight people plus three kids. i always used to struggle with the amount of food to make for many people. it’s every time the same procedure: i remember that there were lots of leftovers last time, so i plan cautiously. then i panic that it might be not enough – so i add some more. and get lots of leftovers. but not this time! i almost don’t dare to say it, but i really sat down with a calculator adding up the weight of all the ingredients and divided the sum by the number of people. for every dish.  and it worked – i think i was as close to the ideal amount of food as possible. everybody ate her fill, it was enough to nibble for about two hours and almost nothing was left.

such a variety of dishes takes a bit of planning in advance, to make sure that everything is ready at the right time, has the right temperature and the cook is not totally exhausted. so here is what i did:

a few days in advance

  • make empanadas, store in the freezer

the night before (in the following order)

  1. make fruit jelly, distribute in dessert glasses and put in the fridge to chill
  2. make snow bars
  3. set the table while snow bars are baking
  4. make quark mousse, distribute in dessert glasses and let chill overnight
  5. preparation for scones (weighted all ingredients, so i only had to throw it together next morning)
  6. make dough for focaccias, put in the fridge to rise overnight
  7. slice olives (= topping for one focaccia), set aside
  8. toast pine nuts for asparagus, pumpkin seed for salad, sesame seeds for tomato butter, set aside
  9. make tomato butter
  10. make tomato dip for empanadas

∑ 3 hours


this morning (in the following order)

  1. get focaccia dough out of the fridge (it needs to gain room temperature before baking)
  2. get emanadas out of the freezer and let thaw on baking tray
  3. make salad, chill in the fridge
  4. make chimmichurri dip
  5. bake first focaccia
  6. clean and prepare asparagus
  7. distribute salad in serving dishes
  8. bake second focaccia
  9. make dough for scones, bake, wrap in dish towel to keep them warm
  10. brush empanadas with a bit water and crisp up in the oven
  11. meanwhile grill asparagus

∑ 2 hours

i actually think i could have fun working in the area of process optimization.

the only problem with the above schedule is that i did not allocate a slot for proper photo shooting.

some recipes to follow.

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