Brunch for One

May 17, 2010

Like most New Yorkers, I eat out a lot. I have friends that use their ovens as shoe storage and have many really good friends whose home I have yet to see after ten years here.  Unlike the burbs, this city just isn't geared to home entertaining too well.  It's done,  every few months I cram sweet friends in my tiny abode for dinner but meeting up in restaurants is more par for the course. We follow chefs and the restaurant scene like some guys follow sports.  But after one too many meals out and a few days of travel where I was eating way too much "blah" food, Saturday I craved something fresh and really good.

Now I love to cook but low on funds and food, I headed to the Green Market to be inspired by the ramps, rhubarb, spring lettuces and herbs sold by the vendors.  With some rustic tomato and basil bread, fresh farm eggs, green onion and a whole bunch of different baby lettuces in hand, I headed home.   Craving something simple yet satisfying, I slow poached the egg then topped it on a slice of bread which rested on lettuces tossed with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar and shallots (Tip: soak the shallots in the vinegar for a few minutes to really enhance the flavor.)  Topping it off with a few cherry tomatoes left in the fridge, it was delish.   It was perfect for brunch, like breakfast bruschetta.  And the whole thing took me maybe 7 minutes.

Take that McDonalds.

The other green market inspiration came from my final purchase-rhubarb.  Having never cooked with it, I opted to make a strawberry and rhubarb crumb using spelt instead of white flour. It was delicious.   Spelt was easy to work with and is the ancient cousin to wheat flour.  Pick some up, I think you'll enjoy.

Live Large,



Henley on the Horn said...

I am so impressed! What a lovely farm fresh breakfast! You are an inspiration to us all!

Heather Bullard said...

Hi Frances,
So glad to have found your blog. Always been a fan of your work! Will be sure to stop by often to see what you're up to and what inspires you.
Warm Regards,
Heather Bullard

Cloverland Farm said...

yummy pics!

sarah {edible living} said...

Now THAT looks delicious! Brunch chez Frances has always been the best bet in town. xo

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