I recently hosted brunch at chez Frugal Foodie, and once again, Mark Bittman deserves all the credit. I followed his hash brown and eggs florentine recipes (from How to Cook Everything, of course) to a T.
It was my first time using a cheese grater to grate potatoes. Oh, you haven’t done that before either?
There’s something so satisfying about the sizzle signifying the moment of contact between potato and hot oil. I made my hash browns nice and thin, flattening them with the back of a spoon just as Bittman helpfully directs his readers to do. After a sprinkle of salt, all that was left was to wait a few minutes and then flip.
Voila! Crispy potato cakes. I didn’t even pull out the ketchup.
The eggs florentine was also ridiculously simple, while still managing to look rather sophisticated. Fried eggs are my go-to fast food, and I’ve been known to make my fair share of frittatas, but I’ve never baked an egg before. Turns out this fancy sounding dish consists of butter, cooked spinach, and cracked eggs, with salt, pepper, bread crumbs, and parmesan on top.
I love the colors. Alas, I dropped by the Greenmarket just around the corner from my apartment the morning of the brunch in an unsuccessful mission to buy eggs, and had to resort to the natural eggs from the grocery store, but these yolks still look pretty sunshine-y and delicious.
Note to self: good call on choosing butter over olive oil in this dish. I will definitely be making this again!
In other news, I stayed well within budget last week, which I’m a little amused to see considering how busy the right-hand spending column was.
|July 25 – July 31||Groceries||Food & Drink Out|
My grand total spent on food for the month of July was $355.66, almost $50 less than my monthly goal. $50 extra to put towards student loans isn’t exactly making a dent in my debt, but it’s a small step in the right direction.