In February 2016, in a blog post titled “Let’s Do Brunch!” I suggested that the cure for the frigid temperatures, along with a case of the winter blues, was to host a weekend brunch. What could be better than a delicious array of warm comfort foods, all displayed on a brightly decorated table? Besides, you don’t have to get up early; you get to eat bacon; and you have permission to pour some prosecco in your OJ or vodka in your tomato juice even though it’s not quite noon-time. Brunch remains, in my opinion, a highly underrated meal.
Now it’s August, and the heat is on, so the fare is light and fresh, and the table set in cool, tranquil hues.
Here’s my idea of an easy-peasy summer menu: a pitcher of iced coffee, a fresh fruit salad of juicy melons and red and blue berries, Greek yogurt, a simple egg frittata made with fresh herbs and garden tomatoes, and one of my all-time faves, lemon-poppy seed muffins.
Decorate your table in rich shades of cobalt and turquoise. And, if you can, dine al fresco. Invite a few friends, sit back and relax on your deck or terrace, or around the picnic table in your yard. A simple meal, lively conversation, and good company is my recipe for a great summer brunch.