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If I could eat lox for every meal, I would. I use it dozens of different ways, but I think it truly shines in brunch recipes. Today I ‘m sharing my favorite Sunday indulgence, an open-faced lox sandwich with crème fraîche topped with a 6 minute egg.

Ingredients

Good bread

Lox

Eggs

Crème fraîche

Chives

Extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Start by preheating the oven to 375F and boiling water in a pot large enough to hold all of the eggs will be using. Slice bread into half inch wide slices. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil on both sides and toast in the oven until lightly golden brown and slightly crispy. You want the toast to be soft on the inside and just lightly crispy on the outside. Finely chop a handful of fresh chives, set a small bit aside for garnish.  Mix a half cup of crème fraîche with the finely chopped chives, add salt and pepper to taste.  Once your water boils, gently add the eggs and boil for exactly 6 minutes. Remove the eggs from heat and chill in cold water until cool enough to peel.  Once the bread and eggs have cooled you can start to assemble the sandwich. Spread a layer of the crème fraîche sauce onto the bread, layer with lox, top with a 6 minute egg, season with a little bit of salt and pepper and garnish with a sprinkle of chives. Voilà! Serve and enjoy.

Recently LA has developed a poke craze. A new poke spot seems to spring up on every corner like Starbucks.  Most of these spots offer cheap fast poke bowls that may be tasty, but unfortunately too often use bad cuts of fish.  After a few less than stellar experiences I decided to very simply create my own poke bowls at home.  As always this recipe is easy, healthy, and can be switched up to include whatever ingredients you have available.

Ingredients:

Sushi grade raw tuna

Edamame

Red cabbage

Cucumber

Jasmine rice

Sesame seeds

Mango

Sprouts

Green onion

Soy Sauce

Rice wine vinegar

Sesame oil

Lime

Directions:

Begin by steaming the jasmine rice. Next dice the tuna into small cubes and marinate with the juice from a lime, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, a splash of rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper.  You don’t have to marinate the tuna for too long, 15 minutes is enough time for the lime to start “cooking” the fish.  Since you’re not cooking the tuna other than with the marinade you want to make sure you get very fresh fish. I get mine from my local fish market or at Whole Foods. While the tuna marinates and the rice steams, cut up all of the fresh ingredients you want to add to the bowl. I like to mix textures and flavors by using crunchy elements like fresh cucumber and adding touches of sweetness with mango. The last step before you assemble the bowl is to make the sauce. For my sauce I combine soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, and green onion.  I do everything by taste adding to the sauce until it tastes good. To finish, assemble everything in a bowl, pour the sauce over the rice and trimmings, serve and enjoy immediately

Happy Sunday!

For today’s Sunday Bites post I’m sharing a recipe for a refreshing Cucumber Melon Summer Sangria. I love making sangria year round, but particularly in the summer when we have a rotating door of friends stopping by. Below is a super quick video showing you just how easy it is to make. I hope you enjoy it and happy Sunday!

Ingredients : 

2 bottles white wine

1 small cucumber

1 lime

1 quarter honey dew melon

1 cup vodka

 Handful of fresh mint leaves

Directions :

Cut the cucumber and lime into thin slices and cut the honey dew into cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well. Serve and enjoy.

 

Happy Sunday and Father’s Day. Here’s an easy brunch recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. I love making it for houseguests when I want to impress them without cooking up a storm. Hope you all have a lovely week.

Ingredients:

Polenta

White mushrooms

Eggs

Garlic

White onion

Spinach

Balsamic vinegar

Green onion

Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Start by heating oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut polenta into half  inch thick cakes, sprinkle with oil and bake until outside starts to get crispy, about 15 minutes. While polenta is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling place in the eggs and cook for six minutes. Once the eggs are cooked, remove form heat immediately. Place them in cool water until ready to serve. To make the toppings, start by caramelizing the onions, next add in your mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft and almost cooked through. Sprinkle in finely chopped fresh garlic, stir together and de-glaze the pan with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. As mushrooms are cooking quickly steam the spinach. Assemble by stacking all of components into little towers. Start with the polenta cakes on the bottom, add the steamed spinach, pile on the mushrooms, top each stack with a shelled half of your 6 minute egg. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with green onion.

Serve and enjoy.

Tip: Don’t forget to season and taste everything like the spinach and mushrooms as you go along.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my all time favorite desserts, golden meringues with homemade whipped cream and berries. I’m not much of a baker but this recipe is a lot easier than you think. I ended up sharing this dessert with our neighbors because we had so much left over. Now they’re requesting a dinner party, which I will happily oblige.

Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup powdered sugar

 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8th teaspoon baking powder

Berries

1 tablespoon strawberry jam

Mint

Directions:

Begin by preheating the oven to 225F. Next separate the egg white from the yolks. Using a standing mixer whisk the egg whites. Gradually add in the granulated sugar and baking powder. Whisk until the mixture begins to stiffen and form peaks, about 5 minutes. Gently fold in the jam. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the meringue mixture onto the baking sheet, swirling it around to create peaks. Bake in the oven for 2 two 3 hours, until the meringues dry out and get crispy. Let them cool in the oven.  Once the meringues are cooling make the homemade whipped cream by whisking the heavy cream and powdered sugar for 2-3 minutes or until you get the desired whipped cream consistency. To assemble break the meringues into bite sized pieces, place into glasses or bowls add the whipped cream and berries. Top with fresh mint and serve.