Category: Brunch

pasta alla norma

rigatoni alla norma

One thing I look forward to every week is making lunch for my mom at our house. I think she loves it too! 😉 She’s a pretty busy lady, so in the short time we have together I make sure to prepare a lovely 3 course meal – starter, main and dessert. This way, I know she’ll leave with a full and happy belly. Oh and I always send her off with a hot cappuccino to-go. I literally buy those disposable coffee cups with lids from Costco, just for her cappuccinos.

Two weeks ago, I made my mom a fresh zucchini salad, pasta all norma (eggplant spaghetti) and fruit salad of peaches, nectarines and plums. (All made from seasonal produce from the farmers market.) She liked the zucchini salad so much I made it again when the whole family was over for lunch. Although the eggplant spaghetti was tasty and looked pretty, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. I was short on time and skipped 2 important steps in the recipe and well, while the eggplant should’ve broken apart and become creamy in texture, it remained intact and was quite watery. She didn’t seem to mind, but I told myself I’d have to make it properly for her the next time. (more…)

bruschetta

lovedove tomatoes

Now that you’ve made the ciabatta from yesterday, all you need are juicy sweet tomatoes. These are the tomatoes I picked up after lunch at the Love Dove Farm stall at the Howard County Farmers Market. Aren’t they just gorgeous? I grabbed a pint of Sun Gold tomatoes and a pint of Black Cherry tomatoes. I could snack on them all day.

Farm stalls are overflowing with all different tomato heirlooms and varieties during the summer. Once you’ve tried fresh picked tomatoes off the vine, the ones you find year round in the supermarkets won’t do. It’s hard for me not to pick up a pint or two when I’m out at the farmers market. When using such delicious produce like farm fresh tomatoes, it’s best to keep whatever dish you’re making as simple as possible. You want the natural sweetness and bright flavors to shine. A great dish to show off summer tomatoes is Bruschetta. Here are a few different ways I dress my tomatoes. (more…)

ciabatta…i made one from scratch!

ciabatta ingredients

Why is bread making so daunting? It really shouldn’t be. I’ve made plenty of quick breads at home like scones, biscuits and Irish brown bread without a problem. But you see, they don’t require yeast. There’s something about using yeast and letting things proof for a long time that puts me off of making those types of breads. (more…)

baked eggs au provençal

baked eggs avec toast

Have you ever been asked the question ‘If you could eat one food item for rest of your life what would it be?’? I remember growing up we’d always play those kind of question games with friends. ‘What would your last meal be?’ ‘If you could eat this or that which would you choose?’ ‘Would you rather run a mile in the snow with no shoes on or jump in a pool of rats covered in peanut butter?’ WHAT?! haha. Back to the original question, my answer would always be rice. You can do anything with rice – onigiri, kimbop, maki rolls, sushi, fried rice, rice with soup, rice porridge, rice cakes, rice tea, soju (that’s made with rice yea?), rice salad, rice everything! Can you tell I’m Korean? You’re probably asking yourself ‘What does baked eggs au provençal have to do with rice?’ Well, of all the rice dishes in the world, my go-to rice dish is rice and eggs. So simple – so perfect! If you were to ask me now what food item I’d eat for the rest of my life, I’d say the humble egg (I could still do rice too – rice and eggs haha). Every which way you prepare an egg, it’s always so delicious.

Egg and rice is something you make when you’re home alone and couldn’t be bothered to cook. It wouldn’t make much of a blog post, so today I’d like to share with you one of my more fancier egg dishes that I absolutely love – Baked eggs au provençal. I came across this recipe a few years ago. It’s from Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home. I don’t necessarily follow her exact measurements, as with most savory dishes I make. It must be the Korean in me – a pinch of this, a pinch of that. It’s so hard trying to learn recipes from my mother, but I’ll save that story for another day. Here are the ingredients we will be working with today, plus parmiggiano reggiano, salt, pepper and a nice crusty baguette.

ingredients with dish

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cherry clafoutis

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I love to cook for my friends and family. It’s kind of like my love language. And if you’ve ever had our clafoutis, well that my friend is a big fat I LOVE YOU! <3

I remember the first time I had clafoutis was in Milan. I was hosting a potluck in my apartment and my friend Laura brought over a clafoutis she made with seeded grapes. It was a gorgeous buttery baked custard with warm juicy grapes. I didn’t care for the seeds so much and spit them out. But there were so many, after a while I gave up and just ate them. Mmm, grape clafoutis. I really should’ve asked her for the recipe.

The first clafoutis I made was awful. I don’t know what I did wrong but it was bland and thin and wasn’t buttery at all. Well I suppose I know what I did wrong – I didn’t put enough sugar and butter! And really, I think the recipe I found was useless.

Then one day last summer, we found a video recipe on youtube from Alain and Michel Roux Jr. We were in Ireland visiting Kevin’s family and we decided to give it another try. Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Alain et Monsieur Michel! It was quite possibly the best clafoutis I’ve ever had. Here is their recipe.

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