Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Morning Brunches...

Something about a lovely lazy Sunday morning brunch.  I think lazy weekend brunching is a phenomena of our generation. After an intense work week spend Sunday with friends at a local brunch place with eggs, potatoes and lots of coffee followed by a Bloody Mary. Aaah brunches. I love to cook my Sunday brunches- French toasts, scrambled eggs, Alton Brown style omelets (the perfect omelet recipe), pancakes, bacon, sausages, potatoes done in a variety of ways, an array of cheeses, fresh salsa, bread, muffins.... Oh it goes on. Slightly hungover from drinking on a Saturday night, Sunday brunches have much to promise. Its a reminder the rest of the day is slow and easy till Sunday night when you sigh and say- I hate Mondays.
Below is brunch that I made at Rick and Shagun's place in New York City. A full menu- Spanish omelet, bacon, plantains, fruit salad, toast, coffee and mimosas.

For Spanish Omelet:
5-6 eggs beaten well (serves 4-5, depending on how much they eat)
1 Onions chopped
1 Green Chilies
20 Mushrooms roughly chopped
1 potato diced
Minced garlic
Thin slices of tomato
Cheese of your choice- mine was sharp cheddar
Spices: Coriander powder, turmeric pwd, red chili pwd, chat masala, salt
Oven friendly pan or skillet
Add some olive oil in the skillet and warm it on the stove top. In the meantime warm the over to 400 degrees. Stir in the garlic, onions and green chilies.
Let the Onions sweat, add the potatoes and mushrooms and stir.
Add the spices and mix well
Let the onions, potatoes and mushrooms cook for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Spread the mix evenly in the pan. Now slowly pour the beaten eggs evenly in the skillet.
Grate in the cheese. Do not stir or mix. Turn the heat to low.
Now place the pan in the oven and let it cook for 20 minutes.
As the eggs begin to cook, place the slices of tomatoes on the top and let them brown in the oven.

In the meantime prep the bacon and place them on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the over and let the bacon cook till it is a perfect reddish brown.

For the Plantains:
Minced garlic
1 green chili
2-3 plantains thinkly sliced
Salt pepper and chili flakes according to taste
Warm Olive Oil in a pan. Throw in the green chilis, garlic and let it splutter for a few second. Add the plantains in a single layer.
Flip the pieces as the brown up. Careful not to stir the plantains or they become mushy.
Add salt and pepper and mix.

For fruit salad. Cut fresh fruits (bite size). Stir in a tablespoon of condensed milk.

So for the finish:
Almost eaten!
Oh! That with several cups of coffee and glasses of Mimosas.
Love Sunday brunches!!!

Check out this delicious French Omelete recipe on
French Omelet on FoodistaFrench Omelet

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ssswwwweeeeeeeeettt Temptations!!!

I love taking pictures of desserts. Right now with all the circuit training at the gym that I am doing- I can only look, admire but not eat. I did try many of these and gave into my chocolate cravings whilst I was traveling early this year. It was comforting, satisfying and always exciting to find a new place in a new city.

Here is a collection images of some of my favorite sweet somethings:

Melissa's mini cupcakes, NYC
Sharing a raspberry cheesecake, cappaccinos and hot mulled wine at La Lanternas, NYC with Jae.
One Girl Cookies, Brooklyn - Beautiful cake in the window
Gourmandise- Salt Lake City, Janu's favorite
Bienenstich by Barbara- Salt Lake City (all home made, it took two days till two in the morning). Oh and it tasted just as good as it looks!
German Bakery- Salt Lake City- perfect delights for Saturday morning breakfast.
Cupcake A la Mode- Kansas City, adorable interiors. Who would have thought in Kansas City!
The Bella Nutella was delicious.
Pies at the Upper crust- Pryde of Old Westport, Kansas City
And they had adorable cookware:
Sugar Bliss - Chicago (photo from the website)
Now for two of my very favorites:
The chocolate flan at Cafe Iberico 
(photo taken by my friend Jacob)

And Swirlz Cupcakes - In Lincoln Park Chicago, where I had the pleasure of meeting Pastry Chef Beth who showed me how she makes these delicious babies..

Yummy right. Finishing it off with a lovely hot cappaccino always hits the spot.

So now its Mission Chocolate in Mumbai...
Suggestions anyone?

For cupcake recipes see Filled Chocolate Cupcakes on FoodistaFilled Chocolate Cupcakes Orange Ooze Cupcakes on FoodistaOrange Ooze Cupcakes