This week's menu for Cooking With Stanley is another tasty brunch. These are by far my favorite meals to cook. Everyone loves brunch and frankly, some of my favorite food is eaten for the first meal of the day. This particular menu has a fun mixture of dishes that range from traditional to more on the cultural side. I have no idea how they do brunch in Italy but I have a feeling there is some kind of pasta involved. Inspired by this notion, I decided to include a light, summery pasta in the brunch menu.
Starter: Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Arugula and Tomatoes
Main: Egg Tart with Spinach and Potatoes
Side: Kate's Banana Bread
The Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Arugula and Tomatoes was a great dish for a summer morning. It's light, delicate and has bright flavors. The sweetness from the tomato and spiciness of the arugula mix perfectly and the olive oil really brings it all together. There is a bit of lemon juice mixed in as well which gave the pasta a bright flavor that's just out of this world. This is meant to be served at room temperature or even cold so it would make a great option for a picnic or pot luck. No one will be able to resist this light pasta. The Egg Tart with Spinach and Potatoes was much easier to make compared to the Eggs with Peppers. I didn't have to flip any eggs this time. Instead, when you start cooking the egg mixture, everything is together and you lightly scramble the eggs before tossing it in the oven to finish cooking. It made the whole process so much easier and less stressful without having to flip liquid. For sweetness, I baked a banana bread recipe from Stanley's wife, Kate. Kate passed away a few years ago and this recipe provides fond memories for his family. I can see why because it's fantastic. The recipe calls for Grape-Nuts cereal which I found odd at first but it works. I still believe that my grandmother's banana bread is the best but this one definitely takes a close second. That's all she wrote! What do you think of this week's menu for Cooking With Stanley? Are you a fan of brunch?