Good Food Blog
Better to brunchPosted at 11:35AM, 10 November 2010 by Dulcima Mansell - Food writer
The nights are drawing in and, if you're anything like me, you're tempted to start filling the diary with dinner parties to add some fun to the colder months. But before you start phoning around, let me make my case. Yes, it sounds like a nice idea, sharing good food and conversation with your friends, but you've forgotten the weeks of planning and stressing over what would be the best menu that shows off your skills without trying too hard. You have to plan who to invite, but will they get on? Will they be free on a Saturday night any time soon or are you now planning a party for six months' time?
What about vegetarians? People with food allergies? And then think about the mountain of dirty dishes that will greet you the next morning...
Are there any fussy eaters on your guest list? What about vegetarians? People with food allergies? And think about the mountain of dirty dishes that will greet you the next morning, when you will probably have a sore head as you drank too much wine, in an attempt to relax even though you were jumping up every ten minutes to check on the next course.
And that's just the effort for the host; it's not easy being the guest either. What bottle of wine should you take with you; is one bottle mean; does two make you look like you have a drinking problem? Whose turn is it to be the designated driver or do you shell out for a taxi? And you've already shelled out for the babysitter.
Don't worry, I'm not trying to kill your social life. I love a good dinner party but I would like to make the case for something different. Why not afternoon tea or a social brunch? You still get to see friends but without all the hassle; you get the good food but nowhere near as much planning and stress. And if you still (like me) want to show off a little bit, why not amaze your brunch guests with your perfect hollandaise? Or showcase your homemade jams with some beautiful scones for a tasty afternoon tea?
Daylight hosting is cheaper, your friends are more available and there is less pressure on the cook: the dinner party is dead. All hail the brunch and afternoon tea!