Saturday, October 20, 2007

Weekend Brunch

Ah, brunch. There's so much to love about it. Anicka, Cristina, Catherine and I have brunching together pretty regularly for a while now. It's a tradition that greatly contributes to my sanity, and has been a forum for more than a few heartfelt and teary conversations. But don't let that mislead you, brunch is always fun and delicious. This week we had to brunch without Cristina, which is sad. So, Cristina, this post is dedicated to you. Now you don't have to feel like you've missed anything.

So first thing's first. Coffee! In fact, I think "Can I have a coffee?" were the first words out of Anicka's mouth once she was through my door. My espresso maker is one tired old coffee machine, but it still does alright, I suppose. I'd love to get a new one eventually.

Anicka brought THE most delicious scones. I've been snacking on them all day. I hope I can entice Anicka to write a post on that recipe. They're spiced nicely and had dates and raisins. I think. According to Anicka, the key is mixing butter in with your hands in stead of a pastry cutter. She also recommends leaving the butter in biggish chunks.

My contribution was a stata that ended up being far more epic than it needed to be. It was cheese, sausage and sun dried tomato strata, which was pretty delicious although I would do a few things differently next time. I used Tofurky brand italian sausages, which really work well. Here's the recipe that served 4.

  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (not oil packed)

  • 1 package Tofurky italian sausage

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk

  • 2 teaspoons minced thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 11 slices white sandwich bread

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated mozzerella cheese

  • 1/4 cup goat cheese

1. First, soak the sundried tomatoes. Then cut the sausage into ovals and fry it up.

2. Grease a baking dish. Whisk eggs, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, bread, onion, and parmesan. Transfer into the dish.

3. Cover and refridgerate for 4 hours. We didn't do this obviously.

4. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle on mozzerella and goat cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

You couldn't notice the bread at all. I'm not sure if this is a bad thing or not. But you could experiment with adding more bread. Also, our strata was sadly burned on the bottom and top, so you might want to keep a closer eye on yours than I did.

Bargen the bargain hunter has discovered the joys of Choices' brown bag sales. Anyhow, she had bananas to contribute and made them into the most delightful smoothies - the perfect brunch dessert. I'm very sad to say that we neglected to photograph the smoothies. Dang. I think her method is pretty simple: bananas and french vanilla yogurt. She can correct me if I'm missing anything.


c-licious said...

Right on, Claire! I'm salivating at the memory. For us tea-drinkers, I'd like to point out that Claire had a delectable selection of loose teas and that I enjoyed Chai-Rooibos and something else black and spiced. Yum. The smoothies are as you say...this time I tossed in a few frozen strawberries too and a bit of milk to make it mix more easily.
Until next time!

claire said...

Because Kristin wasn't at our brunch, I couldn't quote her observations on our food. But she's here now, and she just finished scarfing down the last two sconces. In her own words: "If I could make scones like that I'd never eat another store-bought scone again!"