Easter brunch has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, and this year, while we tried to find a brunch spot in the city, we could not find a menu that suited our needs. Paging through both á la carte and buffet options, each one was more disappointing (and shockingly expensive for food that didn’t even sound good) than the last. We had the idea to make brunch at home instead! After searching through spring dishes, Easter classics, and more, we came up with a simple but delicious menu.
Don’t you hate having to make cut-out sugar cookies? So did I, but I changed my tune right after making this recipe for the first time.
Lent always posed a problem for me. You’re supposed to give up something you love, but not something you will obsess over. However, I’m more of a “pledge” person. Every year I pledge to cut something out or bring something in whether it is foul language or, like this year, healthy cooking. I can finally cook for myself while abroad and I have a full kitchen at my disposal, so my Lenten promise is healthy cooking. Anything that comes out of my kitchen that is made by me must be a healthy option.
I was craving pasta all last week, but I knew there was a better alternative than a huge bowl of butter and carbs. So, I turned to one of my favorite bloggers: Rosie of The Londoner. I’ve seen her posts on zoodles before, but thought they would be too difficult to make. Lucky for me, after a little research, I found a julienne slicer for a fraction of the price of a spiralizer that gets the job done just fine! Below is her recipe with my substitutions (if any) underneath.
This afternoon I thought it would be fun to try a new recipe.
The best part about it is that you can make it in a microwave…dorm room friendly! I’ve seen a lot of recipes that boast this, but I think this is one that changed my mind.
Most college kids have a mini fridge, and trust me, a dozen eggs will not hurt to store in there with some avocados. Toss it all in the vegetable drawer if you must! It will all fit, and you will thank me once you get sick of cafeteria and union options. Eventually you want something different, something healthy (you can send a picture to your parents and they will be so impressed), and something you can boast about making yourself. (bonus to kids at my home school…this will save you a monster amount of points)
I have Wednesdays off.
I know, lucky me, it really is great! A small break in the week does wonders for my workload and gives me a chance to explore the London around me. It is especially lovely in the mornings when I have all the time in the world to cook up a lazy Wednesday brunch.
There’s nothing worse than a flatmate popping his or her head into the kitchen to ask if you’re alright because you’ve burned your bacon and the smell is in the hall.
This sandwich was the cause of that awkward interaction. But I must say, it was worth it. PLUS I’ve been in the kitchen when it’s weird and smoky before so although I was caught red handed (or, rather, black and burnt) I know it isn’t just me!
Now that I’ve talked myself out of my guilt, a new recipe! I know I’ve been doing this a lot but I usually forget my camera and then I’m cooking and can just run back and forth to my room if need be. Continue reading
Tonight I’ve ventured back into the kitchen to make dinner!
I was close to just starving in my room because I didn’t want to disturb my flatmates while they cooked, but eventually I went in and got down to it.
On the menu: Garlic Chicken with a candied bacon topped baked sweet potato and a spinach and pomegranate salad…and you only dirty ONE pan!
I’ve been cooking my own food lately as I don’t have a meal plan here, and I remembered to bring my camera into my flat’s shared kitchen today!
I decided to make something quick and easy with minimum clean up: avocado bacon bagel.
Not as pretty as it could be, but good as a fast meal! Continue reading