This brunch was all about the bloody mary and the egg sandwich. I can't decide which was my favorite: pork belly and fried egg on a maple syrup drenched waffle or honey baked ham, blackberry jam & scrambled egg on a buttermilk biscuit. Both winners. And Greg's bloody marys, with touches of fennel and lemongrass, made for a delicious toast to the end of the holiday season, and the start of the new year. All of the citrus at the farmer's market has been beautifully piled which inspired the simple centerpiece of sprawling tangerines. 2012 was pretty amazing with more cooking than I ever imagined and incredible theme parties that were as much fun to create as to attend (Out of Africa was a clear highlight). In 2013, I look forward to more celebrations, big and small. I want to challenge myself to explore new cooking techniques, stay organized in the kitchen (clean as I go!!!), and cook for pleasure as much as for work. I want to have more small gatherings, do spontaneous get togethers, and continue to celebrate the "off" holidays: Chinese New Year, St. Patrick's Day, May Day and more. And hopefully travel will inspire new traditions, ingredients and recipes. Looking back on last year, I feel overwhelmingly grateful to Greg, my partner in crime, without whom, the success of 2012 wouldn't have been possible. I had so much fun cooking with, drinking with, eating out with, cooking for and throwing parties with him. It wasn't always pretty (it was usually a mess) but I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else. So, thank you Greg for doing so many dishes and for helping me stay calm. Cheers to more good in 2013!
spicy bloody mary's
blood orange mimosas
quail eggs, cucumber and chives on toast
avocado toast with red pepper flakes
gravlax, cream cheese & dill on everything bagel
to share, brunch buffet
sunny-side up eggs on waffles with pork belly & maple syrup
egg on olive bread with prosciutto & arugula
scrambled eggs, ham & blackberry jam on buttermilk biscuits
kale with mixed winter citrus
asparagus, wild mushrooms & leeks
brioche french toast with mixed berries
homemade raspberry pop tarts
carrot cake muffins with lemon cream cheese icing
banana pudding cups
old fashioned chocolate cake
You are seriously so freakin' talented!! :) Love this menu!!
Perhaps the next time you are home, you will consider making those delicious looking waffles with sunny side eggs and pork belly....or I wouldn't mind the chocolate cake for my birthday :) XOXO
Can you come be my personal chef....I've even got a room for you and Greg :)
Got to try the waffles asap! Well, I need to try the entire menu! looks so fabulous.
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