fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

and it’s home again, home again, jiggity jig! there’s nothing quite like a weekend away especially when you’re visiting NYC. but this girl is just as happy to head home to Athens where it’s time to gear up for sunday brunch. i don’t know about you, but breakfast/brunch has always been one of my favorite meals. eggs and bacon for dinner? yes, please. avocado toast with a fried egg for lunch? why not? breakfast is a perfect meal any time of day. but if there’s a perfect day to dish up eggs it’s sunday. because sundays and brunch go together like pizza and beer, champagne and caviar, or ham and eggs.

what’s on the menu? spinach & gruyere cheese quiche with a hash brown crust. it’s easy-peasy to make and has all the fixings stuffed inside. all that’s left to do to get this brunch started is add a side dish of yogurt, granola, and fruit, bloody marys, and mimosas.

fridays with oscar | brunch

flowers always brighten my day so there’s always a fresh bouquet in our home. 

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

napoleonic bee water glasses

fridays with oscar | brunch

dining room chairs

fridays with oscar | brunch

oscar and ollie are enjoying the cool temps.

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

line a springform pan with parchment paper then grease the top with olive oil.

fridays with oscar | brunch

Spinach & Gruyere Cheese Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust
Serves 8
Eggs, spinach, onions, peppers, and gruyere cheese nestled inside a hash brown crust.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 slices Canadian bacon
  2. 1 package baby spinach
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 1/4 cup green pepper
  5. 1/4 cup onion
  6. 1 sprinkle onion powder
  7. 1 egg
  8. 6 egg whites and 3 eggs
  9. 1 package frozen hash browns
  10. 1/4 cup red pepper
  11. 2 tbsp butter
  12. 1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese
  13. 1/2 cup whole milk
For the Hash Brown Crust
  1. Add a little olive oil to the bottom of a spring form pan and line with parchment paper, including the sides. Brush with more oil on top of the parchment paper. Set aside
  2. Combine the hash browns, melted butter, egg and spices in a bowl and put them in the pan pushing them up the sides
  3. Cook in a preheated oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until the hash browns start to crisp up
For the Quiche
  1. In a small pan, over low/medium heat, add a tablespoon of oil and sauté the onions, pepper and garlic for 8-10 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the spinach and cook another few minutes over low heat until wilted. Set aside to cool
  2. In a bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, cheese and bacon. Add the cooled onions and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and pour into the hash brown crust pan
  3. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake for 45 minutes
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fridays with oscar | brunch

if i’m short on time, i use a bloody mary mix, add vodka then all the fixings. but if you prefer to whip this cocktail up from scratch try this classic recipe. traditional garnishes: celery, lemon wedge, lime wedge, and olives. if you live in minnesota, you add a beer chaser which is a great addition and tradition.

Classic Bloody Mary
Serves 1
The perfect companion to brunch.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces vodka
  2. 4 ounces tomato juice
  3. 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  4. 2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  5. 1 pinch celery salt
  6. 1 pinch ground black pepper
  7. 1 pinch smoked paprika
  8. 1 slice lemon wedge
  9. 1 slice lime wedge
Instructions
  1. Rub the lemon wedge along the rim of the glass
  2. Dip the rim into the celery salt until coated
  3. Fill with ice
  4. Squeeze the lemon and lime into a shaker; drop both into the glass
  5. Add remaining ingredients and fill shaker with ice
  6. Shake and strain into prepared glass
  7. Adjust seasonings if you like more heat
  8. Garnish with preferred toppings
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fridays with oscar | brunch

the fireplace is finally finished! just in time for the holidays. candlesticks

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

today’s outfit is comfy and chic. a cashmere wrap sweater and faux leather pants are perfect for the weekend. the pants have faux leather in the front ponte in the back and a side zip. side note:  i accidentally selected a size 6 instead of my usual size 8, so the fit is snug. but, hey, i actually zipped a size 6! it’s been a decade since that happened.

fridays with oscar | brunch

this quiche is a sight for sore eyes. next time i think i’ll add mushrooms.

fridays with oscar | brunch

stemless wine glasses are the vessels of choice for yogurt, granola, and fruit. a simple side salad and this brunch is underway.

fridays with oscar | brunch

pants | sweater | shoes

fridays with oscar | brunch

fridays with oscar | brunch

cheers to friday, ladies! oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.

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  • Sue Smith
    October 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I’m smiling, because I just made some little muffin pan spinach/artichoke/onion quiches that also use hashbrowns as a crust. So good! Yours looks great! I have a skirt like your pants, with the ponte along the sides like that, and I love it–slimming but so comfy. You look fabulous! And your place looks great. My artist friend in Newfoundland does boats like your painting often–love it! Have a fabulous weekend. Your place looks great and you’re home to enjoy it!

  • Rebecca Saffer
    October 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Yummy! Brunch looks great and both Oscar and Ollie look happy that you are home. You have created such a beautiful home, Beth!

    • beth djalali
      October 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

      this quiche was delicious, rebecca! and so easy to make. can you tell i’m a homebody at heart? i always love puttering around fluffing pillows and lighting candles. there’s truly no place like home. xo

  • Imastounded
    October 19, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Canadians never call it Canadian bacon. It’s back bacon to us. 😀

    • beth djalali
      October 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

      well, we have bacon that comes in strips and canadian bacon that’s round and tastes more like ham. i guess that’s why we make the distinction. xo

  • LucyD Rodriguez
    October 20, 2018 at 6:01 am

    You’ve inspired me with your recipes and chic look! I’d
    like to try and make that lovely looking quiche. Did you chop or cut the slices into strips?
    Thanks Beth for such an enjoyable blog!

    • beth djalali
      October 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

      hi lucy! thanks for stopping by. i chopped the canadian bacon. you will love this quiche. enjoy. xo

  • Sue Smith
    October 21, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Too funny–I made little muffin pan “quiches,” (only with spinach, artichoke, mushroom, and cheese,) in a hash brown crust this week. They were delicious. Yours looks fabulous. And so does your place. Happy weekend.

    • beth djalali
      October 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

      happy weekend, sweet friend! your mini-quiches sound delicious with artichokes and mushrooms. xo

  • Linda Bate
    November 1, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Hello Beth- I am new to your website and love it! Would you be so kind to share where you purchased the beautiful painting in this post? It is the painting above your fireplace with the 2 rowboats. Thank you!

  • DriftwoodLover
    November 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Missing a lot of posts lately but glad I caught this one. Very nice outfit and I am trying your quiche recipe. Looks and sounds wonderful.

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