The day could not of been more perfect on Sunday just gone. E, Shelly and I had worked out that it was a rare Sunday we were all in town together and so it was quickly decided we should have a brunch. These events seem to work better for us when no great amount of time can change the plan, a day and a half of planning was sufficent.
Shelly announced her backyard should be a perfect destination, I announced I’d just read some great food blogs lately and I was eager to make some new food and E was also up for some spring cooking- the day was planned! At 10am on Sunday morning as the sun was peeking through the clouds Shelly sends a photo of her backyard saying maybe they needed a lawnmower?? E and I on the other hand were throughly excited with the prospect of sitting in a buttery looking yellow field, what do you think? Although, if little miss P (aged 3) had decided to walk off without her big sister then I’m afraid we might have lost her!
Sitting in it felt like something from a period movie. In fact all four kids thought the field an absolute delight and we only saw them when food was brought to the table. Perfect!
Talking of food, I had recently read a delicious post from Italy on my mind about Sicilian cauliflower fritters. Her photos looked beautiful, the flavours sounded wonderful and I thought they would be perfect for a brunch addition. I made them Sunday morning and I have to tell you it was very hard getting them out the door as I LOVED them! A very easy and tasty recipe perfect for brunch, they tasted so good all the kids ate them as well as the adults.
Granted my photo isn’t as pretty, however, I was getting myself in the weeds with remaining cooking jobs and needed a quick snap before I forgot.
The second dish I made for brunch was the kids favourite; bean nachos with guacamole. My boys love this dish and as I popped it on the table I soon found out it was a favourite of a few adults too. You can’t really go wrong with kidney beans sauteed in a cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and drenched in melted cheese on crispy corn chips. One of the guests at the brunch was floored to be served nachos in Florence…and yet I didn’t hear any complaints!
E made a delicious asparagus and orange salad and a divine dish of sauteed poatoes finished with red onions, mini capers and sweet peppers which was an instant hit.
It was a feast for all the senses and just in case you were wondering where the eggs were (seeing as it was brunch), Guy made a delicious pot of tomato-poached eggs that never seemed to end. With all the food ready to go and prosecco being poured like water from a tap, I can honetsly say it was an extremely memorable afternoon. A feast for the eyes as much as the stomach.
My third contribution to brunch was inspired from blogger, the seasoned traveler, who posted a delicious looking piece about phyllo cups filled with lemon mascarpone and fresh strawberries. I thought it was the perfect sweet to bring for Sunday brunch, however, as I looked through my cupboards I realised I didn’t have anything to make the phyllo cups in. I then decided to add an Australian touch and serve the lemon mascarpone on mini-scones. Because I didn’t have the yummy crunch of the phyllo I need to ramp up the mascarpone so I made a lemon curd and folded it through so there was an extra kick of tang.
Lunch was over, the scones were devoured in seconds and we were all sitting back feeling quite fabulous (the tap of bubbles hadn’t stopped yet). It is hard to feel anything but happy when you are sitting in a field of yellow.
Coffee was offered around about an hour later and the sun was really warming us up so I suggested I’d like an affogato. This was met with a lot of agreement, however, no one had the inclination to get the gelato. A further conversation of our favourite flavours of gelato then got the wheels turning and my darling husband and friend offered to fetch the gelato if someone else made the coffee, this was the end result…
I have often said I love our year in Italy and it is gatherings like this that make it so special. We all feel like we are still living in a dream, and for now I am quite happy to keep it that way.
What a wonderful backyard! Lucky your friend did not use the lawnmower!!!
I couldn’t agree more!
I’d love to enjoy a brunch with friends in a field like this! Thanks for the mention, those scones with the decadent lemon curd and mascarpone look sublime, as does everything you brought to the table. Beautiful photos!
Thank you and thanks again for the inspiration!
A picnic in a field of overgrown yellow flowers… What could be better! It takes inspiration and an eye for drama to think of it…. ! sue
We were just lucky the farmer hadn’t got to this field yet! You’ve got to make the most of it while you can
So happy you made the polpettine and they turned out well. It sounds like you had a lovely brunch on a gorgeous spring day
I’m not sure to be able to look for more than 2 minutes your pictures… I miss my city! beautiful idea the brunch in the backyard!
Oh what a wonderful picnic you enjoyed. I think we all dream of such an afternoon! The food looked wonderful and considering most of them are vego the girls did good.
Thanks mum, it was a perfect day and not a meat dish in sight!
Wow! When I dream of living in Italy this is the sort of thing I have in mind. How beautiful! Wonderful memories for you all I’m sure. I wish I could enjoy my birthdays this way! Thank you for posting this Camilla – very inspiring!
Hmmm maybe you need to not cut your grass for a year and this could happen in Brisbane…no, it’s just too hot! Maybe a birthday in Italy Gilly? 🙂
Um, yeah…not cutting the grass will just encourage snakes! and yes, Brisbane’s far too hot for me! Italy in December I think would be too cold for an outdoor lunch! Will just have to come up with another idea for Sydney so I can have that chocolate cake of yours again!
Ahh yes, I can do it this year! Maybe I need a trip to Brisbane…I’ll have to see if I can line up some work, you never know! xC
I’d be in Sydney for that – either visiting family & friends or perhaps even moving back for good!
Oh wow really??
A definite possibility – I’ll know more by September. Warwick is in Sydney 2-3 days every week now anyway!
Life looks pretty food in Florence! I book marked those cauliflower fritters too. A double endorsement!!
They really were delicious and perfect for a picnic. Spring is a divine time to visit Florence!
Beautiful backyard and mouth watering spread!! I wish we have such nice environment to relax and catch up with friends. I am imagining that now :p
Oh my goodness! It’s like something you would see in a movie! It looks splendid… Friends, food, flowers! Amazing!
Quite idyllic setting and you obviously wouldn’t have needed dinner that night.
Funnily enough we did! Must of been the run we did…it was rabbit pasta for dinner 🙂
Thanks again for the inspiration, they were delicious!
What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning… I think when people imagine what their life would be like if they lived in Italy, it’s pretty much your photos!! And those nachos looks so good….
I think your right…really this is only one day in a year! I do love a good bean nacho with beer 😉
Wow, just a quick pop into the backyard then!
I’m glad you got your affogato. It looks yum!
Also, I love the scone substitution!
Thanks, I just found out the farmer came and mowed the field so we really were very lucky!
Wow, this brunch looked amazing! Loving those strawberry and mascarpone scones- an Italian twist on a classic!
Thank you it was a fab day!
As I sit here surrounded by dusty roads and fields I am hating you just a little being in such a beautiful setting! Every photo is sensational. So jealous!!!
It will make you happy to know that the yellow field is gone, the farmer cut it down on Monday so we were lucky! 🙂 you love me really ha,haa
Farmers are such a practical bunch aren’t they?
Looks like you had some fun!
Now that was a wonderful brunch. Good food shared with family and good friends on a field of yellow. So glad there was no time to mow the lawn. This has the look of dining in a meadow and I like it.
Wow…the setting is spectacular! And the food looks nothing short of perfection.
Thank you, it was a lot of fun!
So beautiful! And I love putting some ice cream in my coffee!
What a lovely meal, and what a perfect setting. It looks like a movie! Complimenti!
Wow, everything looks amazing. Sadly, I haven’t had anything this good in Rome! Next stop, Florence me thinks 🙂