Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Joy of the Extravagant Brunch

It's a bit odd and a bit sad how things can change in a short period of time.  Two years ago I hosted 16 people at my place for Easter dinner.  It was a crazy day for sure.

Last year my family gathered at Mom's place in the evening after the most beautiful spring day spent at the barn with the ponies.

This year, it ended up just being Sir Pickypants and me.  Mom decided to shuffle off to Chincoteague for the weekend.  As for everyone else?  That's a good question.  (Sadly, honorary guest from last year, Tippy, has shuffled off this mortal plane.)

We made the best of it by booking brunch at the Crystal Springs Country Club.  It has a nice view of the mountains and is right across the street from the stable.  We could eat our brunch, change our clothes and spend the rest of the day riding.

It wasn't quite as beautiful day as it was last year (you know how much I love having warm sunny Easter days), but it was at least much warmer than it had been all week.

They seated us at a table by the window.  We could see the barn from there.

We were sereneded by a jazz band.

Let's talk for a moment about how much I love love love love love love love big brunch buffets.  As far as I'm concerned, the more over-the-top the better.  I want the full breakfast and the omlet station and the carving station and every kind of cheese imaginable along with any number of hot dishes.  Even if I don't want to eat it all, I love seeing it all there.

I always make two trips with buffets like this.  I started with the cold stuff.  Here I chose some mixed greens, some asparagus and mushroom salad, a few cubes of cheese, dried apricots, caprese salad, and melon with LOTS of prosciutto.

My next trip I decided to try the delicious looking pork tenderloin with mustard glaze and dried fruits along with a big ol' slice of lamb from the carving station.  I put some home fries on the side. 

I decided to skip the breakfast foods since I can get those at any diner or just make them myself.  SPP loved their French toast though.

Here are the photos I took of the dessert buffet.  Such pretty cupcakes.

Such pretty everything else.

These bunny-faced chocolate mousse cups were adorable, but I was just too full to take one.  They haunt me now.

I ended up with some tiramisu, praline cake, chocolate cake with mousse on top, and a little bit of red velvet cake.  Normally I think red velvet cake is rather overrated, but I'm glad I tried this because it was the best red velvet cake I ever had.


So it wasn't such a bad day after all.  The sun decided to come out that afternoon making for a beautiful riding day.  If we get to do this again next year, I won't miss the big family gathering so much.  SPP and I both agree that we are lucky to at least have each other.


The Blonde Duck said...

At least you have your love! :)

Emily said...

You should try and get the red velvet cake recipe!

I would probably have eaten two plates of desserts. Mmmm they look so good!

Hope you guys had a good Easter!

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a magical Monday!

Corazon said...

wow this looks awesome. the foods are so delish!wouldnt know what to eat eat 1st if im there.

The Blonde Duck said...

How did you join your dance troupe?