Just like everyone on this planet, I occasionally get lazy. Ok, maybe the word “occasionally” is too generous. Sure, sometimes I’m highly motivated to whip fairy dreams out of marzipan, but believe me, it’s definitely not the norm. I don’t have the time (or the drive) to pursue near-perfect aesthetics every day of my life. Simply put, my life is not that tidy. My life is just as imperfect, hectic and, from time-to-time, harrowing as anyone else’s. And when I don’t have the time or energy to be perfect, I thank my lucky stars for rustic-by-design desserts, such as these Raspberry Rhubarb Mini Galettes. Fruity, fuss-free, effortlessly elegant, what more could you ask for?
Not every recipe that appears on this blog is triggered by some meaningful source of inspiration. Yes, from time to time a recipe just is. It’s not an homage to a childhood memory or the result of a mind-blowing experience at a restaurant. Sometimes a recipe is just a means of satisfying a VERY specific craving. These Angel Hair Crab Cakes with Saffron Aioli are one such recipe. Sure, the aioli reminds me of my trip to Barcelona and sure, the crab cakes take me back to many brunches past, but they’re not the specific result of any of those touchstones. These are crab cakes without a story. I realize this isn’t a very hooky opening paragraph, but if you enjoy watching bloggers flounder you should probably keep on reading.
I’m back once again to wreak havoc and mess with a classic. Today, I will piss off all of France with this Grilled Asparagus Croque Monsieur. Yes, I went ahead and made the celebrated and beloved Croque Monsieur vegetarian. I know, right? Gasps all around! Fortunately, I’m not important enough to cause an uproar. No one, save my beloved blog readers, will know I have committed this piece of culinary blasphemy. But, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I have a handful of vegetarian friends and I like to cater to them from time to time. Plus, let’s be real, the best part of a Croque Monsieur is the cheese, not the ham. So is the concept of a Grilled Asparagus Croque Monsieur really so disrespectful? Don’t think about that too hard.
Tomorrow is Brunchday! The most magical of all days. Any day that lets you add champagne to your orange juice and vodka to your V8 is a winner in my books. Brunch is everything you want in a meal but can’t justify on a regular basis. Alcohol? Check. Salty, fatty meat products? Check. Tasty things that are practically dessert? Checkmate! In the spirit of this deliberately debaucherous day, I present these Cheddar Sage Scones with Whipped Honey Butter. Because adding honey butter to a scone with this much cheese in it is simply inappropriate – except on glorious Brunchday.