Brunch. When breakfast meets lunch!
I know it’s a universal concept; but in New York, it feels as though it’s reached “rite of passage” level. It’s a noun, verb, and adjective.
Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of “city brunch" outings. It's fun to see a city through its food, and I really like “meal-time” experiences. I believe you can have fun yet meaningful conversations with people when sitting around a table.
However, my wallet has certainly felt the burn along the way. Now, I’m not about to write off restaurant experiences all together, but I will say that I’m trying to make a much more proactive blitz towards a “brunch at home” life.
Those meal time conversations can be that much more relaxed in the comforts of home.
It's cheaper. (No more $17 for avocado toast!)
I'm in my mid 20s and should know how to cook more than cereal and scrambled eggs. (I'm exaggerating a bit here, but you get the point!)
FIRST THINGS FIRST //
Last week, I had my first official step in this direction while hanging with some good friends at their apartment in Harlem. The meal that my buddy prepared was so good that I just have to share with you. It’ll definitely be worked into a more official (there's that word again) rotation in my kitchen moving forward.
It's called Shakshouka, and the recipe comes from the blog Island Smile. It's a hearty meal with relatively easy prep, cook time, and clean up. (Note: We did fry the eggs instead of poaching them.)
Even if you usually go for the "sweet thing" at your local spot, give this dish a try. It's very tasty and goes well with some roasted potatoes with rosemary. (That's what we had anyway, hehe!)
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE //
When planning your next “brunch at home” event, consider these additional elements to further enhance the time together:
Prior: Brew a big ole pot (or pour over) of coffee.
Throughout: Music makes anything better. Check out my playlist.
After: you should consider playing Ticket to Ride or Catan.
MORE TO COME //
I won't even try to fool you into thinking I'm a master chef in the making. I do, however, really like hosting people. (See this past post!) That being said, I hope to showcase some of those events as they come throughout this year.
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