Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday Brunch

Yesterday we had some friends over for brunch. The Getto-Dillons were here with three of their four kids. Olives and her girls were supposed to come, but one of the girls wasn't feeling well, so they didn't make it. Olives was stuck at home, forced to eat the entire french-toast souffle that she had prepared. (She says she didn't eat all of it, but I'm not sure...)

Anyway, I made a crust-less spinach quiche. It's so easy to make, and just amazingly good. I've made it several times before, and I'll definitely be making it again. It's really dense, and really cheesy. How could it not be good? I also made two kinds of scones: Blueberry lemon cream-cheese and cherry almond. They were both awesome. I used this recipe, and tweaked it as needed. For the cherry almond, I just added a scant teaspoon of almond extract, a handful of dried cherries, then topped them with sliced almonds. For the blueberry, I subbed 1/2 cup of softened, reduced fat cream cheese for part of the heavy cream. I tossed in a handful of dried blueberries and maybe 1.5 teaspoons of lemon zest. I sprinkled the tops of them with a little sugar before baking.



The Getto-Dillons brought some roasted potatoes and the absolute best banana bread I've ever tasted. So, we had quite a feast. I can't even imagine if Olives would've come with the souffle and also the cheese grits she was planning to make! That would have been quite a spread. I definitely plan on getting together with friends for Sunday brunch. It's a fun way to share food and hang out, and for some reason it just doesn't seem as labor intensive as dinner.

I can't stop listening to The Water. I had to force myself to not play it twice in a row yesterday. Sleek suggested I try The Avett Brothers, and I did. I really liked it on the first listen, and Sleek said it gets even better the second or third time around. I'll listen to it again this evening when I'm making dinner. (Wow! They're pretty cute, huh?)

Oh, on Saturday evening, I made pizza again. Same crust recipe as always. You may remember the last time I made it, I wanted the crust to be more crisp. Well, this time I preheated my pizza stone and got it really hot. The pizza was perfect! My best yet. The crust was perfectly crisp.

12 comments:

olives and more said...

You are too funny! Bummer we missed it.

carrie said...

Brunch with friends sounds fun....we do dinner, but we've never done brunch. I think it sounds like such a nice, lazy thing to do on a Sunday. We'll have to try it soon.

The Dalai Mama said...

For sure! I even still had my pjs on!

Valyna said...

I haven't been by in FOREVER and I apologize for that. My available blogger time has just drizzled out. Love your new pic though :)

Anyway, I FINALLY had the chance to have some Indian food!! We actually didn't make it to the restaurant until a couple weeks ago - but it was BY FAR some of the best food I've ever had. I had some garlic nan with some curry chicken. My man ordered the chicken korma which I liked even more than the curry... but really, I loved it all. Even the crispy chip things with the green sauce ;) I'm completely hooked now... and OMG, did that place smell devine... I was drooling before I even walked in the door ;)

The Dalai Mama said...

valyna: Hi! Holy crap, all that talk of Indian food is making my stomach growl. Seriously.

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Here's a recipe for your next brunch. It's Ina Garten's Potato Basil Frittata. It's like a heart attack on a plate but so, so good.

She also has some really great scone recipes and ideas for taking the liquid out of yogurt and replacing it with different juices. I've tried them... amazing. If you look for her, don't got to her website. It doesn't really give you any of the recipes. Just google her name and what you're looking for.

SleekPelt said...

Holy crap, IF, that looks awesome. Deadly, but awesome.

The Dalai Mama said...

IF: Oh, Lordy! I love Ina's recipes. I made her coconut macaroons for my "12 Days of Goodies" segment. I love her show on The Food Network too.  I'll definitely be making that frittata when I'm getting loads of basil from our CSA this summer.  That will be perfect.

moneytastesbad said...

Hi there. I just discovered your blog world from Carpe You Some Diem. Anyway, you live in Morgantown, right? where did you find shredded munster cheese? I ended up just getting a block of Munster from the new Giant Eagle and I am going to shred it myself.

And speaking of Indian Food, a new Indian Resturant will be opening on The Mileground soon. It will be the former site of Hostetler Bagels, and more recently Macs. I am pretty psyched. I guess the children of the owner of Sitar of India in Charleston and the old Indian resturant in downtown Morgantown are going to be opening this place.

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moneytastesbad said...

Hi there. I just discovered your blog world from Carpe You Some Diem. Anyway, you live in Morgantown, right? where did you find shredded munster cheese? I ended up just getting a block of Munster from the new Giant Eagle and I am going to shred it myself.

And speaking of Indian Food, a new Indian Resturant will be opening on The Mileground soon. It will be the former site of Hostetler Bagels, and more recently Macs. I am pretty psyched. I guess the children of the owner of Sitar of India in Charleston and the old Indian resturant in downtown Morgantown are going to be opening this place.

The Dalai Mama said...

Money: Welcome! Yep, I'm in Mo-town. I couldn't find shredded Muenster either. Had to shred a block of it. Not so easy to do with such a soft cheese.

I heard about the Indian place, and I can't wait! My daughter will be very happy to be eating gulab jamun again.