Sometimes the best food is just simple and fresh.
Take this lovely little brunch idea from Twenty Dinners. It combined a favorite of mine, toad in a hole... or maybe you call it bird in a nest? Along with a fresh Ceasar salad. This may actually be a new favorite pairing of mine. Along with a cup of strong coffee, it was a great way to enjoy my Memorial Day morning.
I was recently sent this cookbook, Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor. Beautifully photographed this collection of arranged meals perfect for entertaining arranged by season and availability.
About Twenty Dinners:
A photographer (who happens to be an ex-restaurant cook) and an indie rock star (who happens to be an avid home cook) show you how to slow down your life by cooking beautiful, straightforward, but sophisticated, food for–and with–friends.
When he’s on tour with his band, Grizzly Bear, what Chris Taylor misses most about home is the kitchen and the company. With his friend Ithai Schori, he cooks dinner parties for four to forty, using skills Chris learned from his mom and Ithai picked up working at high-end restaurants. Their food is full of smart techniques that make everything taste just a little better than you thought possible–like toasting nuts in browned butter or charring apples for a complex applesauce–but their style is laid-back and unhurried. This is about cooking not just for, but with, your friends, and so the authors enlisted their favorite pastry chef, mixologist, sommelier, and baristas to write detailed material on wine, desserts, stocking a home bar, mixing drinks, and buying and brewing fantastic coffee. Through more than 100 seasonally arranged recipes and gorgeous, evocative photographs of their gatherings you fall into their world, where you and your friends have all day to put food on the table, and where there’s always time for another cocktail in a mason jar before dinner.
I did enjoy the photos and also the wide range of ingredients used. Some might be harder to find unless you have a good farmer's market available, but most could easily be modified or enjoyed with items from your own garden, etc.
I found several items I want to make from this cookbook, but due to the early Spring I went with something available to me now. My hens have started laying more with the longer days so "Toad in a Hole" was a great choice.
The most pleasant surprise was finding how well homemade Ceasar salad went with this dish. ...and how easy it is to whip up a large batch of Ceasar dressing to enjoy for a whole week of meals.
If you love food, or love to entertain, I highly recommend checking out Twenty Dinners.
Do you cook seasonally? Do you entertain often? Have you ever thought of hosting with a seasonal and unique dish?