If your in the New York area September 28 or 29th, stop by the 2nd annual Taste of France in New York’s Bryant Park. The event is the world’s largest event dedicated to France. You will be able to enjoy French cuisine, wine, fashion, beauty, and much more. The best part is the event is free to enter and the Market is open to the public. It will also benefit Action Against Hunger. If you decide to check it out, make sure to stop by the Maille mini boutique. This will be the first time their renowned Chablis Dijon will be available on tap. The Maille Chablis Dijon is served from an authentic French porcelain pump and will be available fill to order in earthenware mustard pots with cork stoppers. If you’ve never had Maille Dijon, definitely stop by for a taste and pick up a jar for the road!
I wanted to share the recipe for the waffles I made for my birthday brunch. As I said before, I didn’t make the chicken to go with these mini bites, but if you have the time, try my recipe for buttermilk brined fried chicken just cut the chicken in smaller pieces. These waffles are great on there own with a little fruit compote or served with fried chicken and a little maple syrup on the side. Also try them with this mixed berry filling and berry syrup.
For these mini bites, I served the syrup in small pipettes on the side, which I totally forgot to take a photo of. I just hate soggy waffles and I wanted my guests to be able to control the amount of syrup. I made these waffles in a metal waffles iron and in a non stick. The metal yields a crisper exterior and a nice fluffily interior, but the non stick is way easier to use in my opinion. I rarely use the metal waffle iron so I definitely need a little more practice with it! Either way, the waffles are great so give them a try!
Every year for my birthday I have the same dilemma. What to do?! The older I get the less I feel like partying and the more I want to relax and do something low key. I was undecided for a while as to what I wanted to do, but because I planned to celebrate on a Sunday, I figured brunch would be perfect. While I do enjoy cooking, I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen so I did take a few short cuts with my menu. To save on time, I purchased the chicken for my chicken and waffles and also full size crab cakes which I made into minis. I had so many things I wanted to make, it was so hard to narrow them down. Besides the items pictured, I also made a caramelized onion and spinach quiche and fresh fruit skewers.
I know it’s no where near Mardi Gras, but my mom wanted to have a Mardi Gras themed party for her retirement/birthday party. We had so much fun at Mardi Gras we just wanted to give our friends and family a little taste of New Orleans. I was running around like crazy during the party that I didn’t have a chance to take a lot of pics of the food (the best part I know) but I hope you still enjoy!
I wanted to share some photos from a recent trip to Jamaica. I have to say I absolutely loved Jamaica! We stayed in Montego Bay, but we had a chance to visit Ocho Rios and Negril with a driver. If you check out my YouTube channel you can find a video and more information about our driver Solomon. We stayed directly across the street from Doctor’s Cave beach. The beach does charge an entrance fee, but our hotel provided free daily passes. The beach is small, but extremely peaceful and the water is beautiful. You can seriously just lay out for hours! A beach bar is close by and the servers come around to you on the beach so you don’t even have to move until your ready lol.