I’m a Morning Person. I Know. I’m Sorry.
January 23, 2009
You were all so nice to me about this new menu idea. I’m glad you’re as excited about it as I am. For the second menu, I gravitated toward breakfast, probably because I love it so much. I’d go as far as to say it’s in my top three favorite meals of the day. (Ba-dum-DUM.) Pulling together this menu has got me thinking about my ideal morning.
There are the weekday mornings that start at a mind-numbing hour and involve tearing myself out of bed and prying my eyelids open. But lately, they also involve a scoop of yogurt, topped with grapefruit segments and a walnut-and-dried cherry-laced granola—and that’s nothing to sniff at. There’s aslo a delicious comfort to the routine and a stillness to the dark quiet of our building, our street, our neighborhood, our city at that hour.
Then there are the weekend mornings, when it’s just Kevin and me. And, really, for a couple hours, while he still sleeps, it’s just me. During those hours, I like to sit really still, with my fingers wrapped around a steaming mug of coffee, reading something lovely—maybe the New York Times online or a blog or a book.
And I love the catch-as-catch-can quality of a morning on the road—the moments right after you wake up, before you remember exactly where you are; the hunt for the best breakfast you can possibly find. This is all even better if you’re waking up in a tent, sunlight filtering through the neon nylon and a campstove with your name (and a batch of pancakes’ name) on it.
All these mornings have in common a measure of tranquility. But I adore a noisy diner or a big family brunch too. And big family (and I use “family” loosely, as always—neighbors, roommates, whatehaveyou) brunch is what I’ve got in mind with today’s menu. It’s got a hearty egg dish; a light salad of baby greens, grapefruit and shaved fennel; and—get ready—ultimate sticky buns, which are ultimate indeed and quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever made. It’s definitely got the makings of an ideal morning.
Not only is this meal delicious, but it’s got a lot of make-ahead options. You can take the strata right up to the point where you pour in the eggs and you can all but bake the sticky buns. Bake both of those things off while you throw the salad together. And pour the mimosas. Don’t forget the mimosas.
Happy weekend, everybody!
Big Weekend Brunch Menu