This Father’s Day I couldn’t be with my own dad. He celebrated in Florida with some weekly yard work and an afternoon spent uninterrupted watching the U.S. Open in his favorite chair. That’s the perfect day for my dad and I’m grateful he was able to relax and enjoy the simple things he loves. I miss him.
While my dad was enjoying another Sunday in Florida, Sam and I were preparing to host our west coast fathers in our new LA apartment. Sam’s dad, brother and brother-in-law are all here in Los Angeles and we wanted to treat them to a homemade brunch. To make things even sweeter, we prepared our entire menu with finds from the Brentwood Farmer’s Market that takes place every Sunday in our neighborhood. We woke up early and headed to the market where we found fresh eggs and vegetables, artisan pastries and fresh squeezed juices. California is abundant with farmland and it’s a highlight of my week to browse the market and chat with local growers about the fresh fruits and vegetables they have to sell.
Since I knew I wanted to prepare a meal with finds from the farmer’s market, I created the menu with items in mind that I knew we’d be able to find there; and with a meal I knew would be relatively easy to make. I’m a big fan of one-pan meals so I instantly started searching Pinterest for a yummy vegetarian frittata recipe. Sam and I are both pescatarians and steer more towards vegetarian meals than not. While I had my brunch vision in mind, I also wanted to be open to anything yummy I might find during our stroll through the market. Ultimately, here’s the menu we came to.
Farmer’s Market Brunch Menu (vegetarian)
Vegetable and Gruyere Frittata
While I spent time preparing the frittata and potatoes, I wanted to have some fruit and pastries (along with mimosas) out for the dads to enjoy. I mixed together blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries (quartered) with a few teaspoons of lime juice I purchased from the grocery store and drizzled them with honey. This really helps the taste of the berries pop even more and we were quickly running back to the farmer’s market for reinforcements because everyone loved them so much.
We also purchased champagne from the grocery but were able to find fresh-squeezed orange juice at the farmer’s market for mimosas. I mean, is it really considered brunch without them?
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For our frittata, we packed it with delicious vegetables gathered from farms across the state. Red and yellow peppers, zucchini, red onion and scallions with fresh-laid eggs – frittatas are my favorite brunch food to make for guests. They’re easy to prepare, filling, packed with goodness and make such an impression on the table. I used this recipe for this particular meal and purchased the half-and-half and gruyere from the grocery store beforehand. Everyone, even my toddler nephew, loved it and I can’t wait to make it again.
Have you ever wanted to host a farmer’s market brunch? Let me know what you think in the comments! And to all the dads out there, I hope you had an amazing Father’s Day! I loved celebrating with the dads in my life. (Yes, I consider Sam a dad. We do have two fur babies, after all. 🙂 )
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