It's been a very busy time for The Jewels of New York team. We're preparing for our big event: A Simple Feast book launch party on May 21st at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn! Please join us if you are in town, tickets can be purchase here.
I had some time to escape to California for a short visit and see my friends in lovely Santa Barbara. I stayed in a charming house tucked away in the hills overlooking the mountains and was surrounded by nature. When I returned, New York was in full bloom with cherry blossoms on every corner. Spring was finally here and I decided to cook up some brunch with friends to celebrate.
I made an asparagus, ham and cheese strata, it's satisfying and simple to make ahead of time. When your guests arrive, just top the dish off with eggs and finish cooking it off. It's perfect for a casual spring brunch party.
I dug around in my fridge and found some radishes and asparagus, which I quickly shaved and tossed over a bowl of arugula. I gave them a squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Lucky for me, my guests brough delicious spring treats like fresh baby almonds and roasted carrots to dig into.
Photography and Styling: Diana Yen