As the saying goes, “Fall goeth before the winter, and pride goeth before the fall– except in Atlanta, when Pride is in October.”
We’re finally just a few days away from Pride Weekend! I’m hugely fortunate to live right in the middle of it all, in the heart of midtown on Peachtree St. There are so many great things about this neighborhood, but one of my very favorite by far is the annual Pride Parade, which my husband and I sit and watch from our balcony. All weekend, Midtown is peppered with color and flags, plus a few crazy costumes. It’s a lot of fun.
While I doubt that Pride Weekend is an official holiday, it’s treated as such in Midtown, and I love every minute. Of COURSE every holiday needs a fun, color-corresponding treat. I researched and brainstormed Pride snacks for more hours than I care to admit, and while I came up with plenty of ideas, I couldn’t resist the thoughts of my current favorite: brunch. This time, it’s rainbow brunch!
My only gripe when it comes to rainbow-colored treats is the unreasonable expectation that I am actually willing to whip up 6 or 7 different colors of frosting or cake batter or cookie dough in 6 or 7 different mixing bowls (I doubt I even have that many) with 6 or 7 different utensils and then wash all of them and not make a disaster of my kitchen. This is too much to ask of me. Making multi-colored food should be much easier than all that, and that’s what this brunch menu is all about. Little to no food coloring is required here– let the candy companies and Mother Nature do the work for you! I have put together a fun and very simple brunch menu for you and a few guests. Enjoy this on Saturday and/or Sunday morning! The Pride Parade starts at 12 pm sharp on Sunday (Sunday, October 9, 2016)!
Start off with a Rainbow Veggie Frittata
I used to stress myself by serving scrambled eggs to a small crowd at brunch. Serving them is so much trickier than it seems. You have to time them out just right so your guests have to don’t wait too long, then serve them quickly so they’re not overcooked and turned to rubber. After doing this once or twice, I put myself out of my misery and started making frittatas. Simply put, they’re a flat, baked omelette. You can bake one up ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Then it just needs to be warmed in a 200° oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Picking rainbow veggies is fairly easy and pretty self-explanatory, but here are some ideas that can help:
Red- Bellpeppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, roasted beets, diced tomatoes
Orange- roasted sweet potatoes, bellpeppers, roasted butternut squash, roasted carrots
Yellow- Bellpeppers, yellow summer squash, roasted corn/baby corn
Green- Bellpeppers, broccoli/rabe, kale, zucchini, basil, leeks, asparagus, spinach, okra, green tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos
Purple- Purple potatoes, red onion, purple cabbage, roasted purple cauliflower
You’ll be everyone’s favorite host/ess if you serve lots of bacon. I came up with two great ways to serve it! One is as easy as piling it up into two columns, replicating the HRC logo. The other is to bake the strips in C shapes to make bacon rainbow arches!
It’s also fun to have a little “fruit salad” for a sweet snack.
Lastly, an easy cocktail- Rainbow Cotton Candy Mimosas!
These couldn’t possibly be easier. Gently pack some colored cotton candy into balls and put them into a glass. When they’re ready to serve, everyone can choose what color they would like and top it with some champagne! The cotton candy disappears and turns the champagne a pretty color.
I helped emphasize each color by putting a single drop of corresponding food coloring into the bottom of each ball of cotton candy. You can also add something like orange juice or grenadine to help it along. If you don’t want champagne, sparkling water also works.
Last but not least, don’t forget the Equality Bacon!
This whole brunch couldn’t be much easier, but it will be completely effortless if you do it pot-luck style with your friends! Whoever brings the frittata gets an extra cocktail.
Have a blast this weekend, Atlanta!
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