Let’s play word association! Some words have the power to bring a vision to mind, others a more visceral reaction. Some words have the power to do both.
I’m sure you’re thinking I’m going to say a word that’s really deep, but today’s word is just a regular word you might hear by chance, especially this time of year. It makes me feel happy, creative and inspired. The word is Brunch. Makes you smile, right?
Just by saying the word, Brunch, brings my head and heart together. My mouth starts watering and I start thinking of all the components of a great brunch. I’m envisioning the food, atmosphere, attendees and even the flowers and tablecloths. I’m already in planning mode!
Brunch is one of those meals that is meant to bring people together. It’s a gathering as much as a meal. Right now, gathering is a bit more challenging, but I have ideas about how to mix social distancing and stay at home edicts with sharing brunch. Mother’s Day is a perfect challenge to see if we can create a fun, yummy and connected event.
My family is probably considered average in size and yet when I count up the number of locations from which we will have to connect to celebrate Mother’s Day, it ends up being nine different locations! Brunch in my family was considered nice, but in my husband’s family, it’s an art form. Everyone has their favorite dish and the table is groaning with the selection of delectable food choices. Just as they love the good food, they love getting together to catch up, tease each other and hang out. My sister-in-law is a master at putting it all together, so I called her up to figure out what we should do this year.
Rather than skip this year’s brunch, we want to make sure we still celebrate…just not together…but together. Needless to say, the whole family is on board!
What do you normally serve at brunch? My brother-in-laws always insist on bringing sausages from their favorite butcher to cook on the grill.
Setting the mood is as important to me as the food. Brunch is not just any meal, so using the “good stuff” is a lovely touch.
There is no lack of banter with our family, and even on our Zoom meetings, we are all talking at the same time! My sister-in-law and I thought it might be a good idea to set a few topics, in advance, to help focus the conversations.