Monday, March 26, 2007
On the Menu: Weekend Brunch
1. Mimosas, made with the same kind of champagne we served at our wedding.
2. Wild Rice Pancakes, made from a mix we bought at Eco-Green Living in downtown DC.
For a while we've been thinking about ordering some wild rice from the same people who make this mix: White Earth Land Recovery Project and Native Harvest. Winona LaDuke, former Green Party VP candidate, is the organization's founding director. As their website says, "The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage."
The pancakes were delicious! We added the last of our frozen blueberries to some of them. Yummy.
3. Homemade butter. Son and I made it from cream we bought from Farmer Dan, our dairy supplier.
Small amounts of butter are fun to "churn" by putting fresh cream and a marble in a glass jar, then shaking until you can't hear the marble hitting the glass. Shake a few more times, drain off the buttermilk, and press any extra liquid out of the butter. You can add salt at this point, or honey. Or, if you are using raw cream, try culturing it overnight before making the butter. Cultured butter has no salt but lends a savory flavor that I love.
But now, as the week starts anew, we leave behind our leisurely breakfasts for a few days. Perhaps next weekend we can have brunch outside!