Hi all-- I am stumped. We're having my in-laws and my husband's 80+ grandmother for an early Christmas brunch this Saturday. They are not adventurous eaters and slightly Puritan, if I can use the word, in their eating habits. Since I come from a Mediterranean background, I have to think a little harder about what to serve them.
Appetizers will be the standard shrimp cocktail, a nice honey goat cheese (sweeter for the morning, I thought) and sliced baby potato topped with creme fraiche, caviar, and chives. (This I know they like.) For a main, I'm having a cheese and mushroom tart baked in a pastry crust, so a salad is an obvious side. What else goes with that? Asparagus? It sounds good but I feel weird serving it in the middle of winter. Green beans-- is that too "dinner time-ish"? Maybe glazed carrots?
Dessert is a spicy gingerbread cake, some fruit salad, and I think I'll roast some chestnuts. Any ideas? I'm at a loss.