I’ve been excitedly preparing for the upcoming “Peace, Love & Paper Crafts” retreat, from the spiritual theme to the craft projects to the menu. This last part has not been easy. Because I’m a foodie, you see. A true lover of fine foods. Even my mother- and sister-in-law noticed that right away and have since given me cookbooks on most gift-giving occasions to date. (Thank you!!) There are so many pretty pictures in these cookbooks that I will often just curl up on the couch with one and drool slash plan when I’m going to make each lovely recipe I find. Because that’s my other obsession: planning.
I especially realized these things last week, when a colleague asked me what I do for fun. I am sad to say that I paused, panicked. I didn’t know. My first thought was, “Well, I’m married. ‘Nuf said.” (I mean this in the best way. Honey Dude brings so much joy to my life; it doesn’t matter what we do). But in the next second, I thought: Eat. I like to eat. Followed by: Plan. Yes, as in checklists and coordination. Of anything really. I could plan the week’s menu, plan a party, or plan a trip. It’s all the same: Fun. Isn’t that horrendous? I used to like exercising and getting outside. [Which is why I made immediate plans with a friend to go on a big hike this weekend. I must enjoy fall before the snow comes!]
So back to the retreat menu. I haven’t gotten it all figured out. But I have some ideas. The first is inspired by the Aussie brunch, which I luckily experienced most days during my visit this past summer. I fell in love with this meal; just loved it!
I mean LOVED it. Amy and I both got one. (Isn’t she adorable?)
So this recipe involves five elements:
- Corn, pea, feta fritter (or something similar)
- Smoked salmon lox
- Smashed avocado
- Dill creme fraiche
It seems pretty easy to replicate. But I accidentally picked up a plain smoked salmon instead of lox. Oops. I’m sure it’s just as good… right??! Oh gosh, please don’t make me return to Costco. And I’ll have to try to make those fritters this week to test ‘em out. I love tests. So does Honey Dude.
Along the breakie route, I also made these amazing pastries recently, recipe taken from a new cookbook gifted to me by my sister-in-law, natch. These mini berry galettes were such a pain to make that I actually screamed: I hate baking! But then I changed my mind when I tasted them. Best pastry of my life. No joke.
Then there is the egg frittata and sweet potato hash, my standby brunch combo, served with biscuits, of course. But all of this just covers breakfast. There are still two dinners and one lunch to plan. Plus all the snacking between meals. And the welcome appetizers and mock-tails. And dessert. Oh mercy, the dessert. Too many options there! I have to excuse myself now… there is planning to be done here, folks.
If you have any suggestions on gourmet, minimal fuss dinners to feed a small flock, please comment! xo