Brunch is clearly important to Canadians and is the best way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. What is better than waking up late, eating some good food, and catching up with your friends? Although it is fun to try out new restaurants, it can also be just as fun to host your own brunch. Some may consider it too complicated or a lot of work but I believe it can be the easiest meal to host.
Here are a few tips which will not only make your meal memorable but also easy to manage.
- Keep things simple!
Sometimes it’s nice to plan a fancy meal or dress up and do something special, but most of the time you just want to spend time with your friends. Plan a menu that is within your comfort zone. If there is a new dish you want to try out, practice it a few times on your partner or roommates before the main event.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare.
The best part of brunch is spending time with your friends. Plan dishes which require minimum work or, even better, make dishes which can be prepared the day before. Less time in the kitchen means more time sitting with your friends.
- Stay true to you.
Whatever choices you make, do what is your style and feels right to you. Are you a casual person? Maybe you have mimosas and bagels in your PJs. Maybe you love a good high tea? Have a fancy hat theme and make sure everyone comes dressed to impress.
For myself – I am a pretty casual guy and I love a variety of things to nibble on. I like my brunches to be more of a picnic style: Grab some bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon for the main course and then have a nice selection of cheeses and meats for my snacking needs. It requires zero prep and can be full of delicious flavours. Maybe even make it into a cheese of the month club – why not ask each friend to bring a new cheese to try? It’s a great way to get to know products you might not normally try and also to reduce the overall cost.
Last but not least – don’t be afraid to add a little booze! Who doesn’t love a Mimosa???
Here is a sample shopping list for my favourite brunch filled with amazing products available at the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli.
David’s Sunday Picnic Brunch
- Charcuterie Board:
- Sarment wurbe – This pure pork dry sausage from France is my current obsession.
- Mastro Sopressata – I am a Genoa Salami boy at heart but recently this has become my favourite.
- San Daniele Speck (Smoked Prosciutto) – A domestic prosciutto which can give any Italian version a run for its money.
- Saint Paulin – A cheese for the masses , its creamy mild texture is sure to please any palette.
- Honey Bee – A firm aged gouda with sweet undertones of honey.
- Montagnolo – A perfect combination of camembert and blue cheese.
- Espresso BellaVitano – Aged cheddar coated with espresso grounds to give it that afternoon kick.
- Ottawa Bagelshop’s Sesame bagels.
- Bagelshop’s Own Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese.
- Nanuk Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon.
- Bagelshop’s Own Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (Perfect for mimosas).
Written by David Plyler