Okay, next up for the dinner and a movie date we decided to go with brunch because we want pancakes! Today’s movie: Jupiter Ascending. Did you know the uncut director’s version of this movie is like over 4 hours long? It’s been cut down to 127 minutes so you can serve brunch and not have it be an all day affair (although brunch in NYC runs till 4 pm). Okay, let’s start with a cocktail that is destined for great things.
1½ shots / 45 ml / 1½ oz gin
¾ shot / 22.5 ml / ¾ oz dry vermouth
1 bar-spoon Parfait Amour
1 bar-spoon orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and fine-strain into a cocktail glass.
While Jupiter dreams of the stars, we get down on a little space egg appetizer. This has arts and crafts written all over it. You know you want to try it you Pinterest lover, you.
Faux Easter eggs – chalkboard or white + black acrylic paint
Variety of colors acrylic paints
Cup to thin out white paint with water
For step by step instructions with photos check out dreamalittlebigger.com
The leads in this film are so hot right now: Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis! Muy caliente! Meow! Let’s move on to some spicy star shaped scones to turn up the heat and right about now we could use something to soak up the alcohol from our boozy brunch anyway.
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 1/4 cup shredded extra-old Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
1 cup milk
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper and chili flakes. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. OR throw it all in your kitchenaid mixer and let it mix until you see little pea-sized butter pieces, do not over-mix. Add 1 cup of the cheese and bacon; stir to combine. Beat egg with milk; pour over flour mixture and stir with fork to form soft ragged dough. With lightly floured hands, press dough into ball.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Pat into 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick. Cut out 12 stars using floured star cookie cutter or a knife. Place on silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle scones with remaining cheese.
Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, about 15 minutes.
I said we wanted pancakes. Well, here they are! These flapjacks are extraordinary and could alter the balance of the cosmos, but I will smother them with maple syrup and devour them anyway. Pro tip: serve slices of starfruit on the side.
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted
blue food coloring
- Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
- Add food coloring to remaining batter and repeat step 3 but only creating C shaped rings.
- Plate pancakes and then add the blue rings around them.