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This is the juice to serve with your Christmas Brunch. It will add a nice splash of festive colour to your brunch and is a slight little change from the usual mimosas that are often served in the morning. And for the record, I think that champagne would go just fine with this as well. 😉

  • 1 can frozen Raspberry concentrate (prepared following directions.)
  • 3 cups Cranberry, Apple or White Grape Juice.

All you have to do is: Mix together and refrigerate until chilled.

Garnish:
Float raspberries, lime or orange slices and sprigs of mint.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

Artichoke and Sheep Cheese Frittata (also known as the San Remo Frittata)

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This recipe is one of my Dad’s favourite recipes to prepare for his guests. He finds it quick to toss together, easy to make, and his guests always love it.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pukka sauce (or hot pepper sauce)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup of canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/3 Cup roasted sweet pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1/3 Cup sheep cheese (amount is before it is grated)
  • ½ Cup of  mozzarella cheese (amount is before it is grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded Cheddar Cheese

What you do:

  1. Grate the cheeses.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs, pukka sauce and salt together.
  4. Stir artichokes, pimentos, and cheese into the mixture.
  5. In a 10 inch non-stick saucepan with oven proof handle over medium heat, add oil and garlic, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Careful not to burn the garlic – stir frequently.
    (TIP – if your handle is plastic you can make an oven proof handle by wrapping handle with several layers of tinfoil)
  6. Pour egg mixture into pan.
  7. Stir the olive oil and garlic into the mixture.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until centre is set and top is  browning.
  9. If the egg is cooked but not brown, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  10. Cool for a few minutes, then with a spatula go around the edges to loosen the frittata. Put a large, warm plate on top of the pan and flip over quickly.
  11. With another warm plate, cover and flip again, so the side with the browned eggs is now facing up.
  12. Cut into wedges and garnish by sprinkling cheddar cheese over top and placing one slice of a red or green pepper on top.
  13. Serve with salsa and multigrain toast.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast


Tomorrow is the first day of December and for me, that signals the time to begin preparations for the Holiday Season.

I always looked forward to December the 1st as that was the day we put up the tree.  It meant the beginning of Christmas decorating, baking cookies, pouring Amaretto over the Fruit Cakes (and taking a sip!) wrapping gifts, and generally getting ready for the family and friends that would share the seasons festivities with us.

I am a bit behind this year as I have a cold, but I will at least be thinking about what I will do.  My preparations always start with a list. Rick rolls his eyes and says I make lists of my lists, which is true because I need to keep myself organized!  First I need a theme – well that is easy as it is Christmas so the colors are red, white and green or a derivative. This year I will be using the Christmas Tree as my main focus.

My first set of lists is for the Christmas Eve Dinner, the Christmas morning breakfast, a snack list, beverage list and dessert list which will generate my food shopping list. And so it goes, five lists to make a food shopping list!

Speaking of Christmas lists… we can help with your shopping list!! We are offering 40% off our gift certificates until December 10th so if you want to give someone you love a night or two of pampering then send them to Annes Oceanfront Hideaway (or if you just want to buy it for yourself to save the 40% that is ok too… we won’t tell!!). The only catch is that it must be used up before the end of March, 2010.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast

 

268b_ad125xbroads_lowqualLook forward to weekly inspiration in the form of an e-mail recipe from Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway’s Four Star Bed and Breakfast. Delightful treats, special diet recipes and breakfast favourites will hit your inbox every Monday. And, when you sign up for this e-mail you’ll receive a fantastic brunch planner!

Relive the Salt Spring Bed and Breakfast experience at home with this creative and inspired brunch planner from Breakfast with the Broads.

Inside your brunch planner you’ll find:

  • Tips for setting the mood for your brunch,
  • Fantastic Ideas for your theme,
  • Two four-course menus complete with shopping list and recipes,
  • Tips for prepping your meal ahead of time so you can enjoy the brunch as much as your guests,
  • Special table setting tips from Anne’s.

You’ll get all of this, when you sign up to get the weekly recipes from Breakfast with the Broads.

Start planning a brunch that will have your friends talking for months!

Sign up for the weekly newsletter from Breakfast with the Broads and you’ll immediately be directed to the page where you can download the FREE BRUNCH PLANNER!!

268b_ad125xbroads_lowqualLook forward to weekly inspiration in the form of an e-mail recipe from Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway’s Four Star Bed and Breakfast. Delightful treats, special diet recipes and breakfast favourites will hit your inbox every Monday. And, when you sign up for this e-mail you’ll receive a fantastic brunch planner!

Relive the Salt Spring Bed and Breakfast experience at home with this creative and inspired brunch planner from Breakfast with the Broads.

Inside your brunch planner you’ll find:

  • Tips for setting the mood for your brunch,
  • Fantastic Ideas for your theme,
  • Two four-course menus complete with shopping list and recipes,
  • Tips for prepping your meal ahead of time so you can enjoy the brunch as much as your guests,
  • Special table setting tips from Anne’s.

You’ll get all of this, when you sign up to get the weekly recipes from Breakfast with the Broads.

Start planning a brunch that will have your friends talking for months!

Sign up for the weekly newsletter from Breakfast with the Broads and you’ll immediately be directed to the page where you can download the FREE BRUNCH PLANNER!!

Almond Berry Banana Bread

Almond Berry Banana Bread

Today’s the first day of winter…and what a winter day it is indeed! Here on Salt Spring Island we’re covered in a blanket of snow that just keeps on falling. Good thing we’ve nowhere to go today because we are not going to be able to get out of our driveway.

Tomorrow we’re sending out the final Christmas brunch recipe to our Breakfast with the Broads email recipe subscribers. They’ve now got everything they need to prepare an amazing five course brunch…and today I’m going to share with you how that brunch can be ready to go Christmas morning with less than an hour of work!

The Chrismas Brunch Menu

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Beverage: Fruit Fantasy

Fresh Fruit Compote with Lemon Cream

Fresh Fruit Compote with Lemon Cream

Cereal Course: Apple Berry Crisp Delight with Yogurt

Fruit Dish: Fresh Fruit Compote with lemon cream

Bread Basket: Almond Berry Banana Bread and Cranberry Orange Muffins

Main Course: Smoked Salmon Strata served with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Fresh Parsley

Christmas Brunch Preparation Tips

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You don’t want to get up at 5am to serve brunch at 9am! But, with this menu, you won’t have to. Many of the items

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Milk & Egg Free!)

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Milk & Egg Free!)

should be made ahead of time! And you could even make the bread basket items up to a week in advance, store them in the freezer, then just pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them before serving!

If you do that… you can have brunch on the table in less than an hour, and have time to visit while things are cooking.

So here’s how we’d suggest you prepare this low fuss menu:

Salmon Strata

Salmon Strata


7 days before:

Bake the Almond Berry Bread and Orange Cranberry Muffins. Let them cool completely. Freeze the muffins in a large freezer bag or freezer friendly sealed container. You may actually find that the bread is either to slice frozen because it’s a bit crumbly, so freeze it whole if you’d like then slice it as it thaws the morning of brunch.

Day Before:

Make the Apple Berry Crisp and the Salmon Strata – but do not cook! Once they are ready to go in the oven, cover them and put them in the fridge until morning.

Make the fruit compote as per the instructions and put it in the fridge too!

If you really want to sleep in, set your brunch table the night before. That way you will have very little work to do in the morning.

1 Hour Before Brunch:

  1. Pop the crisp in the oven and start baking it. Since it takes about 35 minutes, and you’ll serve it about 15 – 20 minutes before the strata, you want it ready first.
  2. Take your bread basket items out of the freezer and leave them on the counter to let them thaw a bit. Slice the bread if you froze it whole.
  3. Get coffee and tea ready. You can also fill water glasses and get the table set (if you didn’t do that the night before).
  4. Prepare the compote (you will need to make the lemon cream). Put a compote and a juice drink at each table seating.
  5. Once the crisp is ready, pull it out of the oven and put the strata in.You want to let the crisp cool a little bit before serving.

Brunch Time:

  1. Pop the bread basket items into the oven for no more than 5 minutes. Pull them out and put them in a basket with a tea towel wrapped around and over top of them to keep them warm… now it’s time for brunch!
  2. Seat your guests around the table, serve them their coffee and tea. Allow them a few minutes to get settled and start enjoying their compote.
  3. Put out the fresh baked bread basket items 😉 – hey, they ARE hot out of the oven, aren’t they?
  4. If your strata still has more than 15 minutes to go in the oven, take time to sit down with your guests and enjoy the compote and bread basket items.
  5. Once your strata has less than 15 minutes left in the oven, scoop out the crisp into individual servings, add a small scoop of yogurt and a mint leaf. Serve these to your guests, and take 10 minutes to enjoy yours too!
  6. When the timer goes for your strata, take it out of the oven and dish it up right away. You want to serve this hot from the oven.

Brunch and Breakfast Recipes Weekly!

Brunch and Breakfast Recipes Weekly!

This post is sponsored by my Breakfast with the Broads Cookbook Website… head on over to sign up for our weekly email recipes AND you’ll get a fantastic Brunch Planner complete with menu ideas, shopping lists, and of course, recipes! Perfect in time for your holiday visitors!!

Sit down and enjoy the praise from your guests that you pulled off a 5 course brunch in less than an hour!!!

“I, Ruth-Anne Broad certify that I have the rights to use and publish this text and pictures and I give the rights to Help Beat Sarcoma to use it.”

Get Ready for Christmas Visitors with our Brunch Menu
Get Ready for Christmas Visitors with our Brunch Menu (Photo by Jason Floyd)

At Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway, guests during the holiday season are treated to a festive five course brunch. And Mom suggested that we spend the next few weeks covering the recipes that would go into that festive brunch. So this week, in our weekly recipe e-mail, I laid out our five course brunch and sent the first two recipes. I won’t put all the recipes up on the blog, because there has to be SOME benefits to being a newsletter subscriber, but I will give you the menu and a few of the recipes.  If you want all of the recipes, sign up to get the Breakfast with the Broads weekly email recipe.

Each week until December 22nd, we will give more recipes, some tips and table setting ideas, so that you are all set for the holiday season!

And the best part is – you don’t have to wait until the 22nd to start using these recipes. They are so versatile, you can amaze your family and friends with one recipe (take it to a potluck or just treat them on Sunday). But, you can wait until you have ALL the recipes for the whole menu and then dazzle and delight them by creating the entire brunch for them!! And with some make ahead tips that we will give you, and some table setting examples my Mom will make, we will be sure to give you everything you need to make it as easy and stress-free as possible so you can share the holiday spirit and delight in being the Rachel Ray or Jamie Kennedy of your household!!

Wishing you wonderful moments around the breakfast/brunch table this holiday season,
Julie

Anne’s Holiday Brunch Menu:

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Beverage: Fruit Fantasy
Cereal Course: Apple Berry Crisp with Yogurt
Fruit Dish: Fresh citrus compote with lime cream
Bread Basket: Cherry Banana Muffins and Cranberry Orange Muffins
Main Course: Smoke Salmon Strata served with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Fresh Parsley AND White Cinnamon Toast Cutouts

Coming tomorrow… the recipe for the Apple Berry Crisp with Yogurt! 🙂


268b_ad125xbroads_lowqualLook forward to weekly inspiration in the form of an e-mail recipe from Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway’s Four Star Bed and Breakfast. Delightful treats, special diet recipes and breakfast favourites will hit your inbox every Monday. And, when you sign up for this e-mail you’ll receive a fantastic brunch planner!

Relive the Salt Spring Bed and Breakfast experience at home with this creative and inspired brunch planner from Breakfast with the Broads.

Inside your brunch planner you’ll find:

  • Tips for setting the mood for your brunch,
  • Fantastic Ideas for your theme,
  • Two four-course menus complete with shopping list and recipes,
  • Tips for prepping your meal ahead of time so you can enjoy the brunch as much as your guests,
  • Special table setting tips from Anne’s.

You’ll get all of this, when you sign up to get the weekly recipes from Breakfast with the Broads.

Start planning a brunch that will have your friends talking for months!

Sign up for the weekly newsletter from Breakfast with the Broads and you’ll immediately be directed to the page where you can download the FREE BRUNCH PLANNER!!

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