Sunday Funday

Well Kristen and Brian came up from Berkeley to hang out with Whitney and I this weekend.  On Sunday we had a great time gallivanting all over Sacramento.  First we went to Antique Trove in Roseville to check out all the antiques, but first we were lucky enough to happen upon an Antique Carshow in their parking lot.  There were some really nice cars and it was lots of fun checking them all out.  Some of the car clubs put weird stuffed animals in the cars for some reason???  We saw a HUGE teddy bear sitting in one, a possum driving another and a cat in an engine compartment of another.  I am sort of at a loss for words… 

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Whitney made out with some new Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and a bracelet.  I saw a section there that we are totally going to decorate our master bedroom with.  I am excited… 

Then we made our way to Old Sacramento and had a great lunch on the Delta King.  We all were starving and they aptly came through with some great food.  The table had their cheese tray, calamari, mushroom risotto, Portobello sandwich, chicken sandwich and a steak sandwich and I have to say all the food was fantastic.  Look out for my Yelp soon enough!

M is for Mushroom Risotto...  Mmmm...

M is for Mushroom Risotto... Mmmm...

Then we made our way to Evangeline’s to poke around and look for our Halloween costumes.  There were tons of people there, but it was fun to look around and get some ideas.  All in all a great day.  Good times!

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Brian, Kristen, Nick and Whitney

Brian, Kristen, Nick and Whitney

Sunday Brunch

So after my amazing experience at Sideboard in Danville I decided to peruse the internet for a recipe for what they called their Breakfast Pudding.  Sure enough, after a couple days of investigative work, looking and reading about the dish in the Joy of Cooking and searching all through the internet, I found something that could possibly rival the delectableness of it.  So I decided that I would make Whitney and I a nice Sunday Brunch.  We had boiled Yukon gold potatoes with a Garlic and Shallot Aioli, what they call breakfast pudding I am calling “Crustless Quiche” (technical term Timbale) and orange juice and grenadine spritzers (Couldn’t do champagne, since she had to work).  The meal was excellent and everything was really nice.  A great way to start a Sunday!

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I of course deviated from the initial recipe, (mainly because it calls for asparagus, and it is not in season, and because I always want to do it my way) so here is Nick Crespo’s recipe for Crustless Quiche, Baked Eggs, Timbale, Breakfast Pudding or whatever the hell you want to call it:

Crustless Quiche

(Serves 4 people in individual ramekins)

7 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

8 strips of cooked bacon, chopped roughly

1/4 cup of drained, steamed, chopped spinach

1/4 cup of shredded cheese (Could be extra sharp cheddar, gruyère, or goat cheese)

1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese (I use Parmigiano Reggiano) 

Salt & Pepper (about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper plus additional cracked pepper before being served)

Whisk eggs and milk thoroughly, and then mix all ingredients together and place in individual six-ounce ramekins.  Place in hot water bath (roasting pan filled with water almost to lip of ramekins) and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, in a 375° degree oven.  The dish is done when a ramekin is jiggled and the mixture no longer trembles (or you can stick a knife in the middle of one and take a look if cooked through).  Careful when taking them out of the hot water bath!  Happy cooking!