January 4, 2013

Happy New Year: Brunch

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!

 The Menu


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

sticky buns

carrot cake muffins with lemon cream cheese icing


banana pudding cups

old fashioned chocolate cake


Christen said...

You are seriously so freakin' talented!! :) Love this menu!!

Anonymous said...

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

Suzanne B. Webb said...

Can you come be my personal chef....I've even got a room for you and Greg :)

barbarafrancis said...

Got to try the waffles asap! Well, I need to try the entire menu! looks so fabulous.

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