Last year, we accidentally invented Champagne Saturday! when Raj's roommate Danielle offered to make brunch for Raj's birthday. We had mimosas with brunch, to the tune of two bottles of champagne for three of us. We were feeling quite happy. We decided a good idea would be to keep the champagne buzz going all day. We were correct.
So this year, we decided to plan Champagne Saturday! ahead of time. We invited some friends. We made brunch food. To our friends' credit, nobody questioned the idea of an event centered around drinking champagne that started at 11 am. We ended up going through five bottles of champagne for eight people. Not bad. Not up to the previous year's tally of six bottles for three people, but perhaps more reasonable.
Food, for any interested parties, was as follows:
Apple pie breakfast: I was looking for something crockpot-based so it could stay warm for a grazing kind of event. I followed the recipe, except instead of 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, I put A LOT of cinnamon. Delicious. The recipe didn't say to peel the apples and I didn't feel like peeling the apples, so I didn't. But I wish I had and next time, I will.
Mini-Frittatas: These were outstanding and went pretty fast. They call for sundried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, and mushrooms. I left out the mushrooms and added some basil.
No Knead Bread: Raj actually made this. He made the lemon, rosemary, and gruyere bread. You guys. Make this now. It's that good.
Cranberry-Orange Bread with Grand Marinier Glaze: Raj made this also. Yum.
Oreo Pudding Poke Cake: I made this for Raj's birthday cake. I wanted to make this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake, but it has lots of steps and was too ambitious for the time I had, considering that I had to got to spend Friday night chaperoning a school dance. The poke cake was really easy. (Did you even know there's such a thing as Oreo pudding? I did not.) I didn't even end up getting it out on Saturday since two of our guests brought cupcakes, but we've since enjoyed it. Very good and highly recommended for when you don't have a lot of time to bake, but want to make something that looks impressive. I crushed mint Oreos on top of mine for extra St. Patricksy goodness.
Plus we had crackers and cheese. As one does. And honeydew, for it is green and helped keep us hydrated! Champagne Saturday! is a marathon, not a sprint.
Today, Internet, is Raj's actual birthday. So we're the same age again! Raj maintains that we are not, as I am 34 1/2 while he is just 34. I maintain that people don't count their ages by halves once they are past the first grade.
In any case, happy birthday, Raj! I got you leftover champagne and cake! Welcome to 34.