Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heartfelt Brunch for Two

If you are looking for some homemade and heartfelt brunch ideas, you're in luck. I served this brunch to hubby many years back as a surprise. The menu was mini stacked pancakes, eggs in a heart basket, rosemary seasoned potatoes, fruit skewers, cake pops, and java chip frappes.

I love to express myself through food. It's a great way to be creative and challenge yourself. Food has the power to bring people together and start conversations. I love cooking as an expression of love and celebrating life together.

Making your loved ones happy, seeing them enjoy the food you have cooked, and appreciating your effort is so rewarding and satisfying. S really loved this brunch that I made more than three years ago and still remembers every detail!

This time of the year, there is so much heart paraphernalia in the stores, I just stock up for the whole year! Take a trip down to the dollar store and you will find so much stuff you can hang on to for many years down the road. Believe me, they will come in use more than one day out of the year.

Here's how you can recreate this brunch for you and and your loved one.

Eggs in a Heart Basket
(serves two)

2 breads
2 eggs
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Cut a heart shape in the middle of both slices of bread. Melt the butter in a large pan on medium-low heat. Add both slices of bread to the pan and fry one side of the bread until golden. Flip the bread over and crack an egg into the heart shaped hole. Add a splash of water to the side of the pan and cover it quickly. The steam will cook the egg in 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

If you like your eggs more well done, instead of adding the water, flip the bread again and cook the egg on both sides. Toast the little heart as well and serve alongside the basket.

Mini Stacked Pancakes
Serves 2

Prepare 1 cup of your favorite pancake batter from scratch or using the box mix. Make sure the batter is lump free and not very thick. 

Pour it into a squeeze bottle (you can find these at Michaels), and squeeze small circles onto a pan over medium heat. Cook each side for 30 seconds and flip, or until golden brown. Stack and skewer with a tooth pick.

Fruit Skewers

2 bananas
5 or 6 strawberries

Slice thick slices from both fruit. Skewer alternatively on lollipop sticks.

Rosemary Potato Wedges

2 russet potatoes
rosemary, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 450ยบ F. Scrub and wash the potatoes. Cut into thick wedges. Add all the seasonings and oil to the wedges and toss to combine. Spread on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min until fully cooked through and browned. Flip halfway through the baking process. If they aren't browned after 25 minutes, broil them for 1 minute to achieve the crispy outer layer.

Java Chip Frappe - You can find the recipe here.

Cake Pops here.

Don't forget to decorate and enjoy!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Triple Layer Chocolate and Mousse Cake

This chocolate mousse cake is amazing. A friend invited me over for a baking date and suggested we make a healthy avocado mousse to fill in a cake. I showed her a pic of this ambitious triple layer mousse cake and she thought that it would be perfect for our date. We used the black forest chocolate cake recipe from the King Arthur Flour website. The amount of substitutions we made was hilarious but the result was the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever had. I am the harshest grader of myself but even I agree that it was the best cake ever.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stuffed Braided Bread

One of the most difficult experiences in my life so far has been moving across the country. I left behind my family and friends, and it pretty much felt like I had left my life behind. The only thing that got me through it was, of course, my new husband. But over the past three years, Michigan has slowly started to feel more and more like home - and that is in large part due to my newfound besties.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chocolate Eclairs

I know. Its hard to believe that these impressive looking pastries actually came out of my kitchen. I'm just as surprised as you. In fact, everything that could have gone wrong with these eclairs did! My first batch of eclairs fell a little and the pastry cream was really thick. Despite all these setbacks, I pushed through and the final product looked amazing and tasted even better! All this honesty is to encourage you to make eclairs. They may look daunting and it may even seem like you are failing but you might be surprised by your results.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This chocolate bread is amazing. It is exactly what I needed to pick me up during the first snow of the season. The first snow in MI didn't even stop at an inch or two. In fact, we got eight depressing inches of snow. I won't deny that the first snowfall is always beautiful but being locked up indoors because of the cold, and the muddy brown snow of the next few days is a pretty bad side affect that comes along with it. So of course I needed to make something yummy to cheer my mood up. 
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