This past weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Smorgasburg! If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the lowdown: Smorgasburg originally started in NY but has moved to LA, where every single Sunday you can head to The Row in downtown Los Angeles and try some of the city’s best food vendors.
Today is let’s-eat-all-da-doughnuts-day. Or, if you’re trying to eat healthy, is more like stare-at-all-the-doughnuts-on-the-internets-day!
Whether you’re being an active participant or leisurely double-tapping all of the doughnuts you see in your feed, I’m here hoping to contribute to the conversation by the way of these fluffy, deliciously sweet thangs.
Remember when I went to London. Well, while I was there, I strolled through Borough Market since many of you told me to, and I visited Bread Ahead. I happily ate two doughnuts in the freezing cold, while feeling very much like a rich and lucky Oliver Twist.
These doughnuts were fluffy and cream-filled. The cream, I believe, was mixed with honeycomb. I thought it was a splendid idea. I loved it so much that I recreated them here, though slightly different.
Instead of mixing the honeycomb in with pastry cream, I made a honeycomb sugar! YASS. Take honeycomb and blitz it with sugar. It’s the most delicious thing in the entire world. And it was all Billy’s idea lol.
One more month of spring! This entire season has been mostly cloudy with chilly mornings and I’ve been fully taking advantage before summer hits.
My favorite early morning spring activity has been hitting up Hollywood Farmer’s Market because the produce is insanely beautiful and delicious-looking. I usually head in with only like five things I want to buy but end up leaving with SO much more. This past Sunday I went with the intention of buying everything spring-like. I succeeded, grandly. I left with fresh elderflower, beautiful asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm, fava beans, bright purple kale and the cutest most adorable quail eggs.
I’ve thrown a few spring brunches in the past and I have a few guidelines I always follow.
1. Have one or two dishes that can be made ahead. It’s way too much work for one person to make everything the morning of. I made the muffins and lemonade the day before so the day of, all I had to do was throw together the toasts and the hash.
2. The food doesn’t have to be ready when people arrive. I always have to remind myself of this. Delegate tasks. If you need the drinks to be filled or potatoes to be diced, ask one of your friends. They’ll feel useful!
3. Only serve food family-style. No one needs coursed out meals. Make things that can be served in big pots or in large format dishes. It will make your life SO much easier.
4. Play fun music. Play Drake or 90s hip-hop. Basically pick music that will make people almost want to dance but not really. Leave the Radiohead and more serious music for a dinner-time party.
5. Make clean-up easy on yourself. I like these Glad® OdorShield® Gain™ Original Scent with Febreze® trash bags because they smell so fresh! and actually have a 5-day guarantee (no smell!). Nothing is worse than smelly anything. These are actually the trash bags I use all the time (even before this post) because they are super strong. If you’ve ever had the bottom of a (very full!) trash bag break as you were about to put it in the dumpster, you will understand the scars that go along with that incident. These don’t require you to double bag them for the smell or the possibility of breaking. And if you’d like a coupon (because we all love coupons), here’s one for $2 off!
I’ve decided that this is a great time to re-watch all of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and OMG the first and second season DO NOT DISAPPOINT. It’s a nice reminder how mean Camille was and how Brandi was super crazy even in the beginning. If you’ve been searching for something to watch while you do laundry/cook/clean, etc. it’s a fun thing to re-watch.
On Wednesday I’ll be posting a huge spring brunch situation that I shot last week with my partner-in-crime, Mr. Billy Green. Today I wanted to share one of the recipes that’s on the table, these Chocolate Rye Muffins with Strawberry Butter with Pink Peppercorns.
I love brunch at home. I set the table sort of fancy (even if I’m not taking a photo of it, well, not as nice but still!).
Going out to brunch in theory is awesome, until you get there and the wait is like 3 hours and you want to stab yourself in the eye, so then you end up going to an inferior place and eat a shitty version of the thing you really wanted.
This is why I only have brunch at home. At 10am on a Saturday, I’m not emotionally stable enough to venture out. This sweet potato hash thing-y is a play on red flannel hash. Have you heard of it? It’s typically making regular potatoes red by using a beet. Since this is using sweet potatoes, I figured it’d rename it Orange Flannel Hash. I think it works. I also considered calling it something with nest or basket in the title but I couldn’t land on anything. It’s late where I am, I cooked and shot all day and I just watched the OJ show so my brain is mush.
Have you ever looked at that list that Google publishes each year, listing out the most Google-d recipes?! It’s sort of fascinating and it’s really no surprise that banana bread is usually on the list.
People love making banana bread. And it’s sort of a duh, of course they do kinda thing because how often have you bought bananas with really good intentions.
You probably wanted to slice them over a bowl of oatmeal, put them in smoothies, eat them with a dollop of almond butter, etc. but then you prob forget about them only to find them brown AF on your counter, wilting away.
If I could eat any meal, at every meal, until the day I die it would be breakfast. OF COURSE IT WOULD BE.
This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite cereals of childhood: Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I feel like there were a lot of high maintenance cereals, and cinnamon toast crunch was in that category. You couldn’t add too much milk and you had to eat that shit FAST. It got soggy a little too quickly for my taste but when it was crunchy and on point, man, was it good.
Other cereals that I loved as a kid:
1. Honey Nut Cherrios
2. Honey Bunches of Oats (I liked honey can you tell?!)
3. Raisin-Bran (I was a sheltered child!)
4. Grape Nuts (my life was terrible!)
Other cereals that I loved but only enjoyed at friends’ house bc my parents hated fun a.k.a. sugary cereals:
1. Cocoa Crispies (the leftover chocolate-y milk? heaven!)
2. Fruit Loops (so fruity!)
3. Frosted Flakes
4. Apple Jacks
5. Corn Pops!
6. And of course, Cinnamon Toast Crunch
This recipe was inspired by my love of cereal. This is obviously way fancy and bigger. Think of it like gigantic cinnamon toast crunch.
Ok I’m going to change directions rn. Do you know what bostock is? It’s like a fancy French toast. One of my favorite cookbook writers, Flo Braker, wrote about it a few years ago.
It starts with a syrup that’s brushed on both sides of preferably day-old brioche (but frankly you can use a fresh loaf too).
Then the thing I like to call “cinnamon smear” is mixed up, which consists of butter, flour (to thicken it), egg, sugar and cinnamon. This is smothered all over the thick pieces of brioche and then the entire thing is baked.
So many good things are out in the world right now. All in time for a nice, chill and enjoyable weekend.
#1: Kendrick released some new-ish music.
#2: Netflix just realized a new season of House of Cards (byeeeee!)
#3: I have a bomb-ass bagel sandwich that has your cute little name all over it.
The first step to making a bagel sandwich at home is sourcing a really good bagel. For years this was really hard in LA but not anymore! My favorite bagels are from a truck (and newly-opened shop!), called Yeastie Boys.
They are so good. In fact last year a friend gifted 30 bagels, from Yeastie Boys, to Josh for his b-day and we had them in the freezer and every time we wanted a bagel, we’d warm it up in the oven and OMG best breakfast ever.
The second step is making your own cream cheese. Remember when I made homemade cream cheese?! Game changer. Of course this isn’t required if you’re strapped for time. You can always just spike store-bought cream cheese with minced dill and Italian parsley.
Next up, a perfectly square scrambled egg. Not gonna lie, I was going for that folded over egg situation that you find at McDonald’s and Hardee’s but the stupid rectangle cookie cutter I ordered off Amazon wasn’t big enough.
Regardless of what kind of equipment you have, you can always just make gently scrambled eggs and pile it on.
I’m pretty sure there’s a law somewhere that states that if you’re in a cabin in the middle of the woods, you have to bake biscuits in a cast iron with fluffy socks on.
I did just that this past weekend when Josh, Amelia and I headed to Big Bear for the Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend situation.
I found this old, cozy cabin on AirBnB and booked it a month ago, when snow had just fallen and I was dreaming of a very snowy time. Unfortunately temperatures have warmed and a lot of the snow melted but it didn’t stop me from making a cozy ass breakfast for two (errr…three bc Amelia had half a biscuit).
Look at her in this parka. I mean….she hates me/it but also she loved the snow. I’d turn around and find her with her head buried in the snow and trying to bite it.