Nice Day for a Brunch

Actually, this day had a high of 108. Not exactly pleasant. But what do we do on a day where it’s too hot to do anything outside? Stay inside and eat with friends. I made a little brunch with a few friends and we drank hot coffee and dreamt of a cooler time.

My brother’s friends were in town visiting to check things out in Austin, so we had a full house for breakfast: everyone brought their dogs too so there was a LOT going on. I got home Friday night around midnight and decided I should make bread right then. Then had to work the following morning so I didn’t get home and get started cooking until 11:15. Brunch started at noon. I changed menus on the fly so my hands would be freer to enjoy the company and sit and chat.

When possible, I always prefer to do the prep work ahead of time and I often choose menus that involve slow cooking etc so that by the time folks come over, I’m ready to drink wine (coffee in this case) and sit and relax- for the most part. So this was a nice, flexible, hands free kind of meal.

On the menu:
honeydew (2 Happy Children Farms);
Frittata (Gunderman zucchini, Swede Goat Farm chevre, chorizo from Dai Due (holy yum), and onion from a friend’s garden);
Nutella and Banana sandwiches on Kinni-kwik bread;
Texas Coffee Traders super dark roast;
Peaches and figs stewed in honey and browned butter.

Grilled Nutella and Banana Sandwiches
I tried both cooking the bananas and using them raw. Raw and ripe was the way to go. The bread did not need to be buttered, but I greased the non-stick pan a wee bit for the best results.

Baking the bread the night before brunch

Grilling the sandwiches

Use both hands to cut in quarters

Nutella and Banana Panini


About Salts Kitchen

I write. I eat. And I cook. I write about what I cook and eat. I love finding new foods, being inspired to make something I've never made, and most of all I love feeding other people things that they have never tried before. I like disproving myths about food and what it means to eat well, to eat healthy, often on a budget, and for some of us- to eat with a bunch of food allergies (and still eat well!).
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2 Responses to Nice Day for a Brunch

  1. Dahlia Ture says:

    First, everything looks delicious! Especially the Nutella & Banana panini…mmmm.
    Second, I diligently remembered to follow the link to the real post, not just the email post this time 🙂
    And last, and perhaps most important in my opinion….I love your heart to enjoy good food with good friends, and that you seek out ways to not let the prep process hinder the quality time around the table. Sometimes I get way too caught up (and excited!) about the cooking, but I am too exhausted to enjoy the company, which is the reason for my cooking anyway. Thanks for the nice reminder that with a little prep & planning, good, homecooked food can very much be enjoyed in the company of good friends.

    • Salts Kitchen says:

      Thanks Dahlia. I love spending time in the kitchen with my friends and family too- but yea, I find it’s just too hard to concentrate (especially if I have wine in my hand) on anything very important when there are tons of people milling about in a small space AND I’m never hungry if I’m still preparing everything. I hope you remember to enjoy the meal when it’s time to eat too!

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