Pancakes are a special treat in our home. This sourdough version with the addition of acorn flour and our very own maple syrup makes it even more nourishing and feeds the connection from soil to our plates.
There are certain culinary techniques that are just crucial to have in your repertoire, as they can sometimes pull you out of a pinch! The 6-minute egg is one of those recipes that really comes in handy. The soft, runny interior is my absolute favorite topping on a hot bowl of broth. They work great on big hardy salads and can also stand alone when you just want a quick snack.
This morning I woke before sunrise to open windows and a cool breeze passing through the room. I am loving these cooler mornings, which are still not cold enough to justify making a fire. 44 North French Press lead to family time and a quick egg breakfast with the most amazing loaf of spelt bread baked in a wood fired oven by Tinder Hearth Bakery in Brooksville, Maine.
Asparagus, eggs, and hollandaise are a classic combination and can be seen on menus across the country, especially during the spring, when asparagus first emerges from the soil. The rich, creamy emulsion (hollandaise), nicely compliments the slightly bitter asparagus, zest radish, and egg that is soft an gooey in the center.
When winter hits Maine, hot chocolate is a must. After spending a few hours snowshoeing or sledding with my boy, nothing warms you up quite like a cup of chocolatey goodness. This recipe puts a cultural twist on a staple recipe and features an unusual pairing of roses, saffron, and chili peppers, giving it a Spanish influenced kick that will warm your body throughout.
Inspired by a friends version of "Pissed off Eggs", I whipped up this dish for Sunday brunch recently. Once your tomato sauce is prepared, you can have a meal on the table within 10-15 minutes. Play around with the added vegetables and use what's in season and in abundance around you. I look forward to making this dish in the summer when summer squash, eggplant, and fresh basil are in abundance.
For those of you who raise chickens in your backyard, you may know what it's like to have heaps of eggs in the pantry at all times. Since I began raising chickens, I have become accustomed to consuming eggs nearly every day, and sometimes, at multiple meals. Eggs are quick to prepare, packed with quality fats, and the perfect delivery system for various sauces and condiments.
Sunday brunch with the family is one of my favorite meals of the week and it is on those quite mornings that I enjoy stepping up the meal plan. While I usually prepare eggs top order for family and frequent guests, I tend to lean towards the omelette, which seems to be a well received delivery system for fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Yesterday I woke to the sound of my son asking for bread. Since we don't normally have bread in the house it meant he wanted me to bake a loaf of bread. When my little foodie has a request, it's not always easy to get out of it. So, I rummaged through my book of recipes and deciding to whip up a batch of sticky buns. Coincidentally, sticky buns are a celebratory spring dish and since the equinox was just a day away, it felt like the perfect time to bake up these delicious treats.