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Plum Coffee Cake

28 Sep

Has anyone noticed the lack of posts recently? I apologize. I had been fairly good at scheduling posts a week in advance, but being out of town for the last 2 weekends have not helped.

But have no fear!! I have some delicious upcoming posts coming your way. Mostly having to do with the goodies we received in our CSA. I’m so sad that it is almost OCTOBER (where did this month go exactly?) which means our CSA will be coming to a close soon enough. Even though I love Fall, I dislike this part (and the cold) the most.

We’ve been getting a ton of plums in our CSA recently, and I’ve had to find different ways of using them other than mixing them in yogurt (although that is delicious). I decided to use up the weeks worth of plums we got by making a delicious plum coffee cake for a party we went to.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well received it was and how almost an entire sheet pan was consumed in a couple of hours! The crumble did not come out exactly like I wanted (I think I mixed it too much) but everyone still ate it up. We took a couple of leftovers home, but they were quickly devoured by my husband. Thanks for leaving me some ūüėõ

Plum Coffee Cake
As seen on The Kitchn

Ingredients

  • 8-10 small ripe plum
  • 3/4 cup butter – room temperature
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder

Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
Directions
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9×13 baking pan. Pit the plums by halving them, discarding the pits, and cutting them in half again. Set aside.
– In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed. Add in the eggs one at a time, waiting for the egg to be fully incorporated before adding the next one. Add the vanilla and yogurt and mix until light and fluffy
– In another bowl, sift the nutmeg, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Reduce the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until almost smooth.
– Turn the stand mixer off and use a spatula to incorporate the batter. Pour half the batter into the pan and smooth. Stick the plum quarters cut side down into the batter. Pour the remaining half of the batter over the plums and smooth it out.
– In a small bowl mix the melted butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until crumbly (but not wet!) and sprinkle over the plums.
-Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and the top is nicely brown. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before applying glaze.

– Whisk the milk, lemon juice and sugar together until it is a thin but spreadable consistency. Drizzle over cake. Serve warm but not hot.

OM Restaurant with Boston Brunchers

27 Aug

This past Saturday I had the FANTASTIC opportunity to dine with some fabulous Boston Brunchers for Brunch at OM Restaurant.

I have to admit, while I’ve certainly walked by OM many a times in my forays in Harvard Square, I never really considered dining there, nevermind eating brunch there. I actually didn’t even know they served brunch! Learn something knew everyday.

While we didn’t get to sit outside we did sit on the second floor right next to the windows which provided 1) ample light (they know their food bloggers!) and 2) provided a great view of Winthrop Square on the edge of Harvard Square.

I was immediately impressed with the brunch menu. Small, but it provided both breakfast (sweet and savory) and lunch thrown in. Everything on the menu looked great, and I really liked the Asian touches the menu had to offer.

We started off with a Lychee Bellini. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to go back to boring Peach or Orange Bellini’s because this was delicious! The lychee was wonderfully thick with small bits of lychee mixed with the champagne. It was a wonderful start to the meal.

The sweeter side of the menu looked absolutely to die for, but we all didn’t really want to have all that sweetness. Luckily our server understood our needs and we were able to sample the delicious chocolate and banana stuffed french toast served with maple syrup. The bread was nicely eggy, and the chocolate was amazing. I actually didn’t taste any bananas in the french toast, so I don’t know what was up with that.

We also decided to share an order of the Lemon Buttermilk Pancake which was served with the most amazing orange honey butter. I seriously just wanted an entire bowl of that butter. I generously slathered it all over my pancake quarter and ate it happily.

What made this pancake extra special was the lemon curd surprise found on the inside. I don’t know how on Earth they did this, but they managed to sandwich this amazing curd into the middle of the pancake. Slightly tangy and slightly sweet, it complimented the pancake perfectly. My only gripe with this dish? At $9.00, you only get 1 pancake. 1 Pancake!!! At least give me 2 pancakes!

While there were a couple of items that caught my eye, I ultimately went with the Duck Confit hash, which was served with 2 eggs any style (I copied Kathy and went poached) served with a Spicy Tomato Sauce. A couple things about this dish. The eggs were cooked PERFECTLY so when I stuck my fork in the yolk, it blessedly split open and covered the potatoes and the duck. Can you say Heaven? Second, the spicy tomato sauce? I’ll take an entire VAT of that please. It had just the right amount of kick to it and it added a perfect amount of flavor to the dish. There was also a generous amount of duck confit that literally melted in my mouth. I loved everything about this dish.

I was able to snag a few bites of Megan’s Biscuit, Egg, & Ham dish which was served with some of the best home fries EVAH. I’m really a hash brown kind of gal, and I always prefer if there is only the home fries option, that the potatoes are on the smaller side. I can’t stand huge chunks of potatoes. But that’s a rant for another day. Let’s concentrate on these babies. Perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Yeah, these were good. And the biscuit? It lovingly sandwiched some delicious eggs, cured ham, and the most unbelievable tomato jam I’ve tasted. Out.Of.This.World. The ham was so-so for me, it was definitely a little more salty than I would have liked. The biscuit was VERY heavy on the butter, dare I say maybe too¬†much butter? It definitely had the flakiness of a great biscuit and it melted in my mouth, but I could tell there was nothing healthy about THAT biscuit.

While there were some minor misses, brunch at OM Restaurant was most definitely a home run. I would love to come back to try some of the other brunch items, and I’m also curious to return for dinner. A great time had by all, hanging with some fabulous bloggers and eating some delicious food. Definitely check out brunch at OM if you find yourself in Harvard Square!

Disclaimer: Brunch at OM Restaurant was provided at no cost to me (besides tip!) but all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the fact that it was free. It was really that good.

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Bermuda – The Wedding

21 Aug

So obviously our main reason for visiting beautiful Bermuda was to see two of our dear friends get married!

Don’t they look so amazingly happy? Adorable.

The wedding took place at the beautiful Fairmont Southampton hotel.

If you like all-inclusive hotels, this is your place to stay. Boasting 8 different restaurants, a private beach, a pool, and everything else in between, if you are the type of vacationer that likes everything all in one place, this is your hotel. Joe and I aren’t those types of travelers, but even I was impressed by this hotel.

The ceremony was held on the Great Lawn, which overlooked the ocean. You could not have asked for a more beautiful location for the wedding. The ceremony was amazing, and the couple just glowed.

The reception was also held on the Great Lawn, just next to where the ceremony was.

Cocktail hour started off with an amazing pasta station. We had the choice of a couple different meats/seafood/veggies and even a couple different sauces. Made fresh right in front of us.

Joe and I decided to share a plate of the¬†tortellini with fresh tomato sauce ans some cheese. It was a great start to the evening’s food.

 

The first course was a grilled portobello mushroom and mache lettuce, with herbed goat cheese, olive poached tomatoes with a Parmesan twist and balsamic and olive oil. Obviously if it has goat cheese I’m going to love it, and this was a really tasty and inventive salad. The Parmesan twist was light and crispy, and the cheese was smooth and creamy. I loved the poached tomatoes, they definitely melted in my mouth.

The second course was a pumpkin ravioli with creamed spinach and a mascarpone emulsion. I had seen this on the menu earlier and was afraid that the ravioli would weigh my stomach down, but was surprised when I bit into them how airy they were. I feel like most weddings have some kind of pumpkin ravioli concoction and they never turn out well, but this thankfully was one of the more excellent ravioli’s I’ve had.

For my main course, I went with the Bermuda Snapper, which was served with a shrimp and Ancho chili butter sauce, lobster and roasted garlic whipped potato and served with some red pepper and asparagus and red cabbage. Even though I was completely stuffed halfway through this meal, I kept on eating it because it was THAT amazing. The other option was grass fed beef short ribs, which also sounded amazing, but let’s be honest, I can get that back in the States. Bermuda Snapper? Not so much. While the meal looked heavy, it was not. Delicious.

The wedding cake was simple but elegant and was a white cake with raspberry filling in the middle. I was literally bursting out of my dress by the time dessert came along, but I still managed to grab a few bites of the cake. It was light and moist, and the raspberry filling was really yummy.



Dancing and singing and drinking ensued. I’m sorry I don’t have¬†embarrassing photos to show you, but use your imagination.¬† Literally 10 minutes after the wedding ended, it started raining. Talk about perfect.

But wait, there’s more….

The next day, we were able to attend the morning after Brunch at Windows on the Sound. Now, I’ve been to MANY a brunch, even buffet style brunch, and let me tell you, I was MAJORLY impressed with the selection. There were your standard egg/omelette station. Then there was the waffle station. A yogurt station. Fresh fruit station. A smoothie station (WHAT?!?!) A selection of bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, cured meats, cheeses, cured fish, cream cheese, oatmeal, cream of wheat.
And then there was the food that was so clearly Bermudian….
Cod cakes in the forefront next to some baked cod on the side served with Bermudian onions and veggies. On the back and to the right are some johnny cakes. Next to those are some Portuguese malasadas (be still my Portuguese heart) and next to that is Cassava Pie.
Have you ever had Cassava Pie? It’s not really a pie. It’s got more of a bread pudding like consistency. Cassava itself is actually very toxic for people, and therefore it has to be baked for many hours. You would think that was comes out would not be appetizing, but you are wrong! It was served with some kind of chutney, and I really enjoyed it!
The buffet price is a total bargain at $29 which is a fantastic deal for all of the delicious food you can get. I didn’t even scratch the surface of how much amazing food they had. I didn’t even have dessert. Oh, did I also mention that they had 3 different types of whipped cream? Or that they served whole avocados along with avocado bread. Oh, they also had fried bananas. FRIED.BANANAS. Seriously, if you come to Bermuda, you MUST come to the Fairmont and Windows on the Sound and have this brunch. I’d go back to Bermuda just to have this brunch again. That’s how amazing it was.
So there you have it kids, our vacation in Bermuda. I hope I’ve made you want to visit this beautiful and remote island. It’s only a 2 hour flight from Boston, but it feels like you are half way across the world!

Strawberry Cream Scones & the Best Weekend Ever

14 Jun

So, how was everyone’s weekend?

Photo Courtesy of Nicole @ Iamahoneybee

My weekend was pretty flipping fantastic. I basically satisfied a life long dream of mine by going to see my favorite band on the face of the Earth this weekend. I’m talking about none other than NKTOBSB (My favorite band being the BSB portion of this acronym)

Let me give you the rundown of this epic concert that I attended this weekend, in bullet form.

  • Mark Wahlberg introduced NKTOBSB. If you know me at all, you know that I am in love with Marky Mark. Like, IN LOVE. Like, I-would-divorce-my-husband-and-run-away-with-him-if-he-ever-asked love. Do you have a list with your spouse about who you get to hook up with if ever the chance came up? Mark is #1 on that list. (I think Tina Fey is on hubby’s list). Poor Nicole had to deal with me screaming my every loving head off when he came on stage
  • I still know all the words to songs I haven’t heard in 10+ years.
  • Half naked men in the rain WILL reduce you to your former 15 year old hormonal self
  • I LOVE RAIN. See previous bullet.
  • Nick Carter using the stage as a Slip N Slide and almost flying off said stage, MAGIC.
  • When the Backstreet Boys bring 4 girls on stage and commence serenading them, you WILL turn into a jealous 12 year old who will want to rip their heads off
  • Even the mere suggestion that a shirt will be taken off will send women of all ages into hysterics
  • The fact that they were selling snap bracelets and Naughty by Nature made a guest appearance made me think I was actually back in the 90s.
  • Donnie Wahlberg is H-O-T. Obviously not as hot as my love Mark but those Wahlberg’s are blessed with some amazing genes. I would like a Wahlberg sandwich TO GO thanks
  • Greatest concert ever in the history of ever
  • Did I mention half naked men in the rain?
I love you Mark!
I was definitely more into the Backstreet Boys than New Kids on the Block. I got into NKOTB towards the end of their career, but I followed BSB from beginning to now. Remember how you used to get into fights with the other girls about who was better, *NSync or BSB? Oh wait…..you didn’t have those fights? Nevermind then
I ‚̧ Brian 4eva
Side Note: Brian is my favorite. While the majority of girls were pining over Nick Carter (fact: he kind of bugs me) I loved soft spoken and hilarious and omg cutest boy ever Brian. Everything about this concert was epic. The venue, the group, the songs, the experience. EVERYTHING. It was kind of amazing to see girls my age (and older! Much older!) scream like 15 year olds again when they sang. I went with Nicole of I Am A Honey Bee and she has some fantastic video of the concert! Go check it out!!!
I’m going to tell you right now that these scones have nothing in common with the concert except for the fact that I made them on the same day and they are delicious just like all the members of NKOTBSB. Yeah, I said it.
I bought some delicious strawberries at the farmer’s market in Dewey Sq and knew that scones were going to be on the agenda. Cream scones. Because when you have delicious strawberries from the farmer’s market, you want to treat them right.
What’s great about this particular recipe is that it’s for only 4 scones! Now, I love sweets just as much as the next girl, but my butt and thighs don’t. So when I find a recipe that’s been cut down to a reasonable amount so I can still get my fix but don’t have to worry about gaining 20lbs, I make it. The original recipe calls for currants, but I really wanted to use my strawberries, and I think they worked great! This will definitely be my go to recipe when I want to make a couple of scones for breakfast!
Strawberry Cream Scones
Slightly adapted from Cooking for Two
  • 1 cup (5oz) all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/4″ pieces and chilled
  • 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in food processor to combine, about 3 pulses. Scatter butter evenly over top and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with some slightly larger butter lumps, about 6 pulses. Transfer mix to a large bowl and stir in strawberries then stir in cream until it can be formed into a loose ball.
Flour your countertop and form the ball into a 5″ round disk. Cut into 4 scones and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let stand about 5-10 minutes and then serve with your favorite side of whipped cream.

Restaurant Review: South End Buttery

23 Dec

Anything with the word buttery in it has got to be good right? My husband and I have been wanting to try this place for a long time now. So one day we decided to do some Christmas shopping in the South End and decided to pop over for brunch at the South End Buttery.

There are two sections to the buttery, the cafe and the dining room. Each area has a different menu. Things were poppin’ on a Saturday afternoon but we managed to grab a seat downstairs. I had no idea there was a downstairs!! And there’s a partial view of the outside in the back. As you can see in the cafe area they prominently display their delicious treats.

The brunch menu is pretty standard fare, with a couple of egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, and some other surprises. Husband went with the traditional coffee but I had stolen a quick glance at the cafe drink specials black board upstairs and ordered myself an eggnog latte ($3.95).

Our waiter thought for a minute that I had ordered the alcoholic eggnog drink, and while I wouldn’t complain about having a little rum in my latte, he did verify the correct order after a minute or so. The latte was creamy, but not sickly sweet like eggnog is. It was delicious.

For an appetizer of sorts we ordered the homemade scone, with clotted cream and homemade raspberry jam ($5.00). The scone was out of this world. Slathered with clotted cream and jam, it was heavenly. There were little chunks of what looked like browned butter, and it melted in your mouth. The clotted cream was a little too buttery tasting for me (heh, get it, buttery? Ok, I’ll stop), and really didn’t taste like the airy clotted cream that I had in England. The homemade raspberry jam was also delicious, with a slight bite to it.

Hubby ordered the Buttery Breakfast ($10) which was 2 pancakes with¬†2 eggs any style with bacon or sausage links and Vermont maple syrup. The pancakes were light and fluffy, some of the best I’ve had in quite some time. I don’t know if the sausage is homemade, but it tasted really good.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Platter ($12) which was a multi seed¬†bagel with cream cheese, red onion, capers, tomato and salmon. I also ordered a side of poached eggs ($2.95, not pictured) because I was craving eggs. The eggs were overcooked sadly, the yoke barely oozed out of the egg. I was happy that my bagel was chock full of salmon, they most certainly don’t skimp out on that, which I was happy about. I also really enjoyed the fruit salad. I normally hate all fruit salads because there’s too much cantaloupe and melon for my taste. While there was still some melons present, there was also blueberries, kiwi, watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries¬†and even banana. I saved it for last, and it was awesome!

We will definitely be back for brunch and I would love to come back to try dinner. Definitely great for brunch or a date night!

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P.S. In case you haven’t caught on yet Thursday’s have turned into Restaurant Review Thursdays! I’m really excited to share with you my favorite (and not so favorite) restaurants in the Boston (and beyond!) area. Since I’m home for Christmas for a few days, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite places with you!

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