Category Archives: Breakfast/Brunch

David Eyre’s Pancake

Monday, 13 March 2017

As a recipe reader, I sometimes come across a picture of a big puffy pancake made in a pan and baked in the oven – often called a German Pancake. I’ve been curious about this German Pancake for years and finally this morning, a rainy morning at home with my husband, I decided to give it a go. Our friends Danny and Linda are coming for breakfast this weekend and I thought maybe I could offer something out of my ordinary repertoire. I make the pancake and it was delicious and super super easy. The recipe I decided on however is not referred to as a German Pancake. It’s called David Eyre’s Pancake and it’s apparently a very old New York Times Cookbook recipe from the 1970s. Enduring still after 40 odd years....

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Lisa’s Potato Basil Fritatta

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

My neighbor Lisa makes an amazing Frittata. She made it every year for like 20-years when we were doing Mother’s Day Brunch. I looked forward to it every year and I have missed it for the past two years since we stopped the amazing, beloved and much-missed annual event. Alan and I hosted a post-wedding brunch for his relatives and our dear dear out of town guests after Jared’s and Maryam’s wedding. I decided to try to make Lisa’s frittata as part of the food offerings. Photo by: Mimi Weinberg Lisa’s Potato, Basil Fritatta (- from Lisa Zimble) Preheat oven to 350° Double this recipe and cook in an oven-proof pan such as a Le Creuset 12” or triple the recipe and use a 14” oven-proof...

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Ployes – French Buckwheat Pancakes

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A while back I had a hankering for a super thin buckwheat pancake brushed with butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar or maybe drizzled with maple syrup. I have no idea why but I just wanted that. I went hunting for a recipe and discovered the ”ploye.” A ploye is a type of buckwheat pancake, popular in Canada and New Brunswick. Also now popular in this house. I don’t know that a ploye is necessarily a super thin buckwheat pancake but I made them super thin and they were delicious. They’re really great. Butter up the pan, pour the batter, cook on one side and you know when they’re done because they get beautiful little bubbles all over and they’re done when the wetness is gone and the bubbles popped. A quick...

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Zucchini And Ricotta Cakes With Lemon

Sunday, 15 June 2014

I think I’m there. I’ve reached the pinnacle. I have found the ultimate perfect zucchini recipe. Maybe. I could eat these delicious little cakes all day long. For the first time ever I’m wanting there to be even more zucchini in my garden. This recipe comes from a book that my friend Disa gave me (wife of famous brew meister Neils Thomson of Wintercoat brewery fame). Disa and Niels live in Denmark (Disa and I met on the first day of Kindergarten so we have significant history). She comes to visit her folks – making me the unintended beneficiary of the visit. She always brings me some Danish goodies when she comes. Almost always food related because she and I love to cook together. She has brought me chocolate,...

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Smashed Potatoes

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

We made these for brunch on Sunday. They are the easiest to make (and to eat)_. They were really delicious. I maybe put too much salt on them (definitely did in fact) but they were still great. Everyone loved them. They would also be great with a red spice sprinkled over them before the ‘broil’. Perhaps smoky paprika? Chipotle flakes? Sumac? Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (remember that stuff?) These potatoes are so versatile. They’re good for breakfast or brunch or dinner or right when you get home from work and you’re starving and can’t wait for anything. They’re good on their own or as a side. And they’re soooo pretty. Smashed Potatoes Ingredients: Potatoes – as many as you want. I used fingerlings...

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Monday, 05 May 2014

(An amalgamation of recipes from the internet and a couple of Mexican cook books) Today is May 5th – Cinco de mayo and as noted in my May 5th 2012 post, a holiday of relative insignificance in Mexico (except in Puebla where it is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, aka The Day of the Battle of Puebla), that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Today, here in Venice, we celebrated with brunch because my brother Eric and brother-from-another-mother Danny were in town for their 40th High School Reunion. My niece Jane and her friends were in attendance along with Alan my husband, my step-son Jared and my son Alex...

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Berkeley Cheese Board Scones

Monday, 28 April 2014

Ellie came for a visit. We had been waiting for her for weeks. Ellie is Alan’s Father’s wife. I don’t think she has been out in 10-years – since our wedding. So much has happened in her life and in ours since then. Most notably – Bernie, her husband, Alan’s dad, passed away. He was a wonderful, interesting, charismatic man and my husband Alan loved him so much – so did Ellie. He died in his sleep. So peaceful. We haven’t seen Ellie in a couple years – the last time was when we were on our way to Cuba – with Alex and we stopped in Florida for a visit with her. We have been wanting to have her out for quite some time and it finally worked out. Ellie is amazing. She is 89-years old and lives in Boynton Beach Florida,...

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Omar And His Pancakes

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

I am writing the post below about a sweet little boy turned young man and about the Valentine’s day pancakes he made his sweetheart. The story about the sweet little boy is from my recollections and what I’ve thought about over the years and some of it might not be quite right. Forgive. Here we go. When Alex was a cute little boy in first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School he made a new friend named Omar. Omar was the new kid in the class. He was from India. I adored Omar. He was beautiful and compelling and necessarily very independent and he was just a lovely, sweet little guy. Omar lived with his father Mansour in a nice house that was easy walking distance from school. The inside of the living room was...

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Buttermilk Pancakes Plain And Simple And My Nephews!

Monday, 20 January 2014

January 11th is my Dad’s birthday – every year. Always. This January 11th was super special because it was my Dad’s 85th birthday and it also happened to be a Saturday. A big-number birthday on a Saturday – woo eee! - calls for a party. So that’s what they did - they made a party. The first most fabulous part of the birthday party weekend was, for me, when my nephew Zac texted me to say that he was coming down from San Rafael where he lives (although he goes to school in Boulder, CO), for the birthday party and that he was bringing his brother Eli (who hasn’t been to L.A. in maybe a million years and who is also my nephew!) and his father who is my brother Phil. That text made me super happy. I just absolutely...

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Friday, 20 December 2013

This is my last November post and my last “we took Thanksgiving on the road” post. Time to put Thanksgiving to rest for 2013. This post is about buttermilk biscuits. My niece Becca made them. She made them for our ‘Thanksgiving dinner on the road.’ They were delicious – Alexandra (my step-daughter) said so and we all agreed. The next morning we split them in half, toasted them and slathered them with butter and honey. What could be better? Biscuits and gravy by night. Biscuits with butter and honey by day. Yum, yum, yum. So here’s the genesis of the buttermilk biscuits and a therapeutic disclosure. . .. curious? So I cook. It’s what I like and love to do. I would read recipes and experiment in the kitchen all day most...

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