Our lovely, lazy Sunday brunch party last weekend was a total success. It actually ended up turning into a all-day-nearly-dinnertime snack-a-thon as guests stayed until 7 p.m. (the last one, my sis, stayed until after 10!). Here's what I learned from our love-filled afternoon:
1. There is nothing better than spending all day lounding on the floor with people you love.
2. Hubby and I love, love, LOVE to cook and the only thing we love more than that is sharing what we cooked with our buddies.
3. Thomas Keller is a genius. (More on that later ... but if you are looking to buy a beautiful cookbook check out Ad Hoc at Home, I made his savory bread pudding and it was To.Die.For.)
4. Rooftop decks are awesome.
5. I love San Francisco.
Phew! Who knew eating and cooking butter-encrusted foods and drinking cocktails could be such a learning experience! Here was our menu:
- Herb Scrambled Eggs
- Savory Herb and Leek Bread Pudding a la Thomas Keller
- Nimon Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon
- Fig Tart (See below for recipe.)
- Fresh Berries
- D.I.Y Waffle Bar with Nutella (How can you have a party without Nutella, obvi!)
- Tater Tots
- Aperol-Orange Mimosas (See below for recipe.)
- Blue Bottle Coffee
The Aperol-Orange Mimosas
This recipe was inspired by Italy and created by my hubs.
What you need:
What you do:
Mix at least one hour ahead of time in a carafe, a 1:1 ratio of OJ and Aperol. Drop in orange slices and chill.
Serve with a 1:1 ratio of OJ Aperol and Prosecco.
The Fig Tart
This recipe was inspired by a recipe I saw on Chez Pim and by my obsessive love-fest with figs. I took a secret easy way out and modified the recipe but it was still a total hit.
What you need:
Figs, Chopped in quarters
Puff Pastry Crust (I used the frozen one from Trader Joe's ... I know, I know, Padma would so be asking me to pack my knives ...)
(Optional ingredient: Goat or Feta Cheese)
What to do:
Whisk together two eggs in a small bowl. Brush over de-frosted puff pastry with pastry brush.
Randomly place chopped figs on egg-covered pastry dough.
Dust with sugar.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Slice into squares and serve.
Here's a sneak peek of our lovely new apartment pre-party. What do you think of the hint of the orange wall peeking out of the corner?!
Tonight I'm cooking Moroccan-inspired Quinoa and Squash stew ... wish me luck!
Challo! (Meaning until next time in Hindi.)