I feel as though I have finally discovered my true definition; the word that encapsulates so many things I love into one simple package. I am, for all intents and purposes, an incredibly convivial spirit.
Sharing in good food and drink with wonderful people brings my heart such joy. Perhaps that is why so many of my instagrams and pins involve food. I adore sharing those experiences with the ones I love. By now you all must think I am the size of a house. I promise you I’m not, I just really adore food… plus NTC keeps me in check so it’s fine…right?
However, when I looked at the tundra outside the panes of steamed glass, an idea sparked. Instead of going out, we should stay in, cozy up, make too many pots of coffee and just the right amount of food, build a fire in the fire place, tell stories, and have a grown up snow day. Turns out, that was the best thought to grace me with its presents all week.
The menu- Bre made her famous hash browns and poached eggs with crisp bacon, and I made gluten free pancakes, lemon butter, and Bre taught me to make blueberry lemon compote! Needless to say we were all happy campers, with extra satisfied tummies. By the time we made it to the living room to recline by the fire we were all ready for a nap.
-BLUEBERRY LEMON COMPOTE-
What you will need:
1 pint Blueberries
2-3 TBSP Agave or Honey
2 TBSP Water
Pour the water into a sauce pan, with a fork crush a handfull of blueberries to create a base for your compote. Squeeze in the juice from the whole lemon, making sure no seeds enter your base. Add the rest of the berries and agave or honey. Turn heat all the way to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. The sauce will boil down and thicken on its own. Taste, add more lemon or agave accordingly.
-CREAMED LEMON BUTTER-
What you will need:
5 TBSP Butter at room temp
Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
1-2 TBSP Agave or Honey
*Optional add 1-2 TBSP Heavy Cream and whip in a mixer to create an even more decadent experience.
Melt butter for 5-10 seconds until soft (if you haven’t left it out), add lemon juice and agave, whip in a mixer or by hand with a fork (really technical I know!). Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes if you would like it more “set”, I like it a little softer for spreading on the pancakes, so I left it at room temperature.
Some call it breakfast, others call it brunch (the sacred weekend meal), I call it a convivial occasion destined for greatness. No matter the meal, no matter the time of day, what you are wearing or where it takes place, I hope you take a moment to slow down and enjoy a drink, snack, meal, morsel, munchie, beverage, or sweet with some one you love, because it really is the best.