The mother of one of my son's preschool buddies and I have been meaning to get together all year. Now that my son has started school school (and hers hasn't), we're down to our last chance. We've cooked up pancakes as an excuse--I meant to make them for the sleepover at preschool, but then my son got sick. They were disappointed, so I invited them over for pancakes, thinking that meant brunch on a weekend. They commute, so would rather come on a Friday eve. Pancakes for supper are not unheard of, of course, but I'm trying to figure out how to make them more appropriate for dinner with folks we don't really know. It's just the 5 of us--my son and me, Luca and his parents, so it doesn't have to be too fancy, but I would like her to reciprocate and for us to stay in touch, so it has to be decent.
I'll serve real maple syrup (don't think we could get Log Cabin in Germany even if we tried), fresh fruit and whipped cream.
I'm a bit stumped on the drinks. Samosas might work, and the boys can just have OJ. Does anyone have any better ideas?
We live deep in the heart of grill country. I might light our little fire pit and cook bacon on it, and grilled bananas foster (very yummy). I'm a vegetarian so could really use advice on the bacon, particularly since they don't sell exactly strips of bacon over here, so I'm going to have to figure out what cut of pork/ham I want and how to ask for it.
Any other suggestions would be much appreciated!
Just to keep your mind open, there are a lot of things called pancakes that are different than the standard breakfast variety. Potato pancakes (latkes) with applesauce, shredded vegetable pancakes (zucchini, broccoli, or corn) with cheese or a tomato sauce, mini buckwheat pancakes with sour cream and chives (and traditionally smoked salmon, but served on the side for vegetarians).
You may want to have the traditional sweet pancakes for the kids, and then maybe something savory for the adukts,
Ask for slab bacon (Speck) and have it sliced thin, or do it yourself. If I were you, I would serve a complete American-style big breakfast - which would probably be something new for your guests. Pancakes with butter and syrup, toast or English muffins, fried or scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, and orange juice. (I assume you mean mimosas, not the Indian fritters ;-D, or Bloody Marys), but I'd skip the alcohol entirely. It's a family party so some good coffee to accompany the breakfast-for-dinner would do just fine. If you feel there needs to be a dessert, maybe something light, like sherbet/sorbet accompanied by some crispy sugar cookies.
Good idea on the 'big breakfast". German breakfast out can be a big spread, but it's mostly about different toppings for the ubiquitous Broetchen. It's Sat morning now and I'm very hungry after reading your post! I hope I'll have that much time Fri afternoon, but the potatoes would certainly go over well here (I never did learn to make hash browns, but can do other types), scrambled eggs are simple, and I can make muffins ahead.
Good catch on the drink issue--much as I love Somali and Indian fritters, you're right that they wouldn't be a good fit here.
Thanks for the help on the bacon--I'm totally clueless there!