Birthday Brunch: Parisian Style

Sunday was my dear ‘ole dad’s 64th birthday and we celebrated with a low key brunch.  Brunch has to be my favorite meal (because really it allows you to gorge on breakfast and pretend you’re still hungry for lunch).  Rather than go with my traditional lox and bagels set up, which is wonderful but expected, I decided to change it up a bit and go Parisian style.

I made Quiche Lorraine with sauteed leeks (recipe here), a favorite from my Le Cordon Bleu bake shop days. For sides, quiche goes best with salad, so I made a fresh salad from the romaine lettuce and radicchio I received in my organic farm delivery box, with tomatoes, grapes, pears, and goat cheese, tossed with a tangy vinaigrette.  I also served up some freshly sliced cantaloupe wrapped in good quality proscuitto di parma and topped with micro greens.  For dessert I baked madeleines and mini blueberry cheesecakes with oatmeal cookie crust.  Finally, to wash it all down I made a pineapple and mango agua fresca in my trusty blender.

To get this all done in time I prepared and rolled the pie crust for the quiche the day before, and baked my mini cheesecakes.  Then I woke up at 6 a.m. (kidney bean in my belly gets me up at 6 a.m. no matter how hard I try to sleep in) to blind bake my crust, fill and bake my quiche, top the cheesecakes with blueberries, and get the rest done in time for our 10 a.m. brunch.  Not bad for a morning’s work, eh?  I even had enough crust left over to make a strawberry tart for the birthday boy to take home with him.  My pops loves when I bake him sweets.

Parisian style brunch

Check out that smile on the guest of honor’s face.  Happy Birthday Daddy!

Guest of Honor


  1. Brunch looks fab! Happy belated birthday to Paul!

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