One of my favorite things in life is preparing food for others - and especially my loved ones. There is something so incredible about looking across the the kitchen and seeing them enjoying a meal that I created and hearing the 'mmms' and watching them reach for more. Inevitably I get the "Ashley, just sit down," or "Ashley, here take a break," or Ashley, come eat some of this..." Which I appreciate so very much. But the truth is, I often snack a little along the way and drink what feels like gallons of water during the whole operation so I am usually not all that hungry - the process fuels me in such a way that I don't typically find myself hungry until hours later. And, I thoroughly enjoy staying in the zone - prepping and preparing each course, listening to the laughter and joy in the room and watching their faces light up with pleasure as they dig into a dish that they love.
In this post, I'll share with you the brunch menu that I built for my family this past Easter.
After my coffee and before the food prep, I went out to stretch my legs for a few miles.
I love being out in the open air. I've spent over the past year in Philly - which I grew to adore, but it feels nice to be out of the city. Typically, I walk in silence but I needed to zen out a bit so I put on some Buddha Bar.
When I returned, I started on the Lemon Cardamom Macaroons because I needed them to set in the fridge. The night before I made the Almond Joy Mounds so they were set already.
Easter Brunch at the Bailey's
Fresh Veggies & Herbs (Basil & Parsley) Medley with Lemon
Fresh Fruit Medley with Mint
Sweet Guacamole Salsa
As you can see, we also had a ham roast - pork for days!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
When preparing meals for others, I love to introduce new flavors and concepts while catering to their likes and dislikes and still make it overall healthy, enjoyable and fun...with a bit of my flare ;)