Sunday, May 9, 2010

2nd Annual Mother's Day Neighbourhood Vegan Brunch

Last year we had two families over for a mother's day brunch. This year, we went crazy and had 20 people over. It was, if I do say so myself, a grand success! Both kids and parents stuffed themselves to capacity with purely vegan fare and no one made a single joke about bacon. So, let's take a look at the spread:
In the front on the left are two spinach and sun-dried tomato frittatas, based on Isa's swiss chard frittata from Vegan Brunch.
I had two bags of baby spinach I had intended to use in an Indian dish this week but never got around to making. I figured sun-dried tomatoes would make the perfect accompaniment (they did). I was a little worried about the whole thing holding together so I added 2 tbsp of chickpea flour. The end result was amazing: nice and tender and bursting with flavour. I scaled back on the soy and seasoned with black salt to get a nice eggy flavour.

On the front right is polenta rancheros, also from Vegan Brunch. What you are looking at is a bowl of soft polenta, a bowl of black beans in rancheros sauce, and a variety of fixins (red onion, tomato, cashew sour cream, guacamole). This is a fantastic dish. You start with some beans, add a dollop of polenta, then garnish. This one is going into my brunch rotation.

In the back are oven roasted potatoes, and piles of pancakes (also Isa's recipe from Vegan Brunch.)
I also made some whole wheat bread for toast.
Son#1 made these signs for all the homemade jams and jellies.
In addition to cinnamon buns, I made these thumbprint rolls from Reinhart's Artisan Breads for Everyday. These are a sweet roll filled with fruit and glazed with icing, and they disappeared pretty quickly. I put the fruit filling in a piping bag and I found that to be an effective way to get maximum filling in without making a huge mess.

The guests brought muffins, fruit salad and trays, juices, and coffee and tea.

26 comments:

kmouse said...

Wow, amazing!!! Everything sounds so good.

DJ Karma said...

One word: awesome!

Cara Sheppard said...

What a fabulous tradition you've started, and a beautiful looking brunch. Yum!

Kitchen Witch said...

Wow, What a spread! Those little jam buns looks tasty!

Noelle said...

WOW! What a feast!

sophia said...

those rolls are so beautiful!

amymylove said...

Wow what an amazing spread! I wish I was invited... Lucky neighbors!

BJ in TX said...

Ohmygosh...I want to move to your neighborhood just for this brunch! Very impressive - you're doing an incredible job spreading the good news about vegan cooking!

Kiersten said...

Everything looks gorgeous! You did a great job.

Becki said...

I make Isa's pancake recipe every Sunday morning and have found that if you replace at least half to all of the flour with spelt, they turn out much fluffier. Also try adding macaroon style coconut shreds to the batter. The texture this gives the pancakes is AMAZING!!!!

tofuandcollards said...

Wow! My husband came upon your blog this morning and we just love it!! Everything looks so good and yummy ^_^

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Beautiful spread! We had sushi at a new sushi bar - tempura sweet potato is my new fav! Wish my hubby was as talented in the kitchen as you :)

Stephanie said...

that looks amazing!! lucky vegan mom.

Babette said...

What a feast this must have been!

Call Girl said...

I have been slowly making my way to veganism and your site has been my main source of inspiration. Thank you for the great recipes!

Kate said...

I would move to your neighbourhood just to come to this. :D

HiHoRosie said...

Wow! Looks incredible! Glad it was a grand success!

birdfeed said...

Now that sounds like an amazing time.
Great looking food too. That's so cool so many people came.

dreaminitvegan said...

That is an amazing feast of good food! Those thumprint rolls look delicious. Can I fly up with my family next year? hee hee!

Eric said...

Wow, that entire table full of food looks amazing..!

kara said...

Wow - homemade Jam and Bread! That's wonderful!

Karyn said...

Wow! It all looks so yummy and it just sounds like so much fun, too.

I wish I lived in your neighborhood!

Hannah said...

Man, this makes me wish I lived in your neighborhood...

I peek at your blog every day to see what you're up to in the kitchen, and I browse the archives often for recipes. Basically, I'm addicted. So thanks for that!

beingpeggy said...

looks like a delicious feast! my mother's day brunch (for my mom) came complete with bacon jokes :(

yasmin said...

Your brunch spread looks amazing!

SelahWrites said...

It all looks GORGEOUS!