Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easter Brunch: Bodhi Style - 2015

Hi Love Muffins! 

One of my favorite things in life is preparing food for others - and especially my loved ones. There is something so incredible about looking across the the kitchen and seeing them enjoying a meal that I created and hearing the 'mmms' and watching them reach for more. Inevitably I get the "Ashley, just sit down," or "Ashley, here take a break," or Ashley, come eat some of this..." Which I appreciate so very much. But the truth is, I often snack a little along the way and drink what feels like gallons of lemon water during the whole operation so I am usually not all that hungry - the process fuels me in such a way that I don't typically find myself hungry until hours later. And, I thoroughly enjoy staying in the zone - prepping and preparing each course, listening to the laughter and joy in the room and watching their faces light up with pleasure as they dig into a dish that they love. 

In this post, I'll share with you the brunch menu that I built for my family this past Easter. 

This was my brekkie (The Wake Bowl), organic coffee compliments of Green Street Coffee Co., and a new chocolate bar by Raaka - organic unroasted Vanilla Rooibos, a gift from my sister-in-law

After my coffee and before the food prep, I went out to stretch my legs for about 6 miles. 

I love being out in the open air. I've spent over the past year in Philly - which I grew to adore, but it feels nice to be out of the city. Typically, I walk in silence but I needed to zen out a bit so I put on some Buddha Bar.

When I returned, I started on the Lemon Cardamom Macaroons because I needed them to set in the fridge. The night before I made the Almond Joy Mounds so they were set already.   

In case you can't decipher my chicken scratch...

Easter Brunch at the Bailey's 

(Paleo and Vegan Friendly) 

Starters #1

Fresh Veggie & Herb (Basil & Parsley) Medley with Lemon 
Fresh Fruit Medley with Mint 

Starters #2 

(For the meat eaters
Bacon Wrapped Dates (AKA Paleo Candy)
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with slivered almonds


(Vegan Version)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
(coated in EVOO and seasoned with garlic powder and ground pepper)
(awesome paring with the dates, brussels, asparagus and sweet potatoes!)


Almond Joy Mounds (I added oats)

As you can see, the family also had a ham roast - pork for days! 

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Fresh Fruit Medley 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

When preparing meals for others, I don't want to push any style of eating on them - but I do want to introduce new flavors and concepts while catering to their likes and dislikes and still make it overall healthy, enjoyable and fun...with a bit of my bodhi flare ;) 



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