Brooding Brunch: Eggplant Breakfast Hash

When somebody says brunch, bite size everything comes to mind, right? Brunch buffets are always filled with individually baked and wrapped pies, miniature muffins, cute quiches….the list goes on. While nibbling here and grazing there has its perks, the truth is by the time 1:00PM rolls around, we’re hungry again! So if you’re like us and want to skip the small bites and go right for the good stuff- especially after a night of costume parties and trick or treating- we suggest this hauntingly heartwarming Eggplant and Linguisa Hash!

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Eggplant and Linguisa Breakfast Hash

1 medium eggplant, cubed
1 orange bell pepper, big chunks
1 Linquisa link
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1 egg per person
2 tbs. olive oil
handful of parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Dice eggplant and bell pepper into half inch cubes. Sprinkle eggplant generously with salt and set aside for at least 10-15 minutes. Drain excess water from eggplant on paper towels. Heat skillet on stove and then add olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot {you’ll see it glisten}, add in the linguisa, cook until browned and put to the side in a bowl. In the same skillet, drizzle other tablespoon of olive oil, heat and add diced onions. Saute until soft and translucent and then add eggplant. Cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Then add bell pepper, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until tender. Add linguisa back into the pan. Top with a fried {or poached if you’re brave!} egg and fresh parsley.

Something about a hash, especially in a cast iron skillet, screams small town, home cooked, good livin’. It’s the ideal dish to add to the spread when treating your guests to a hearty harvest-season brunch. Serving something filling also means you can cut the time baking the cutesy, time consuming finger foods and go right to the good stuff!

We encourage you not to be frightened- go on and add in whatever is in your fridge to the mix. Sweet potato or your favorite squash would be a delicious seasonal addition. We’d also definitely add a splash of our favorite hot sauce. Remember it’s a hash- anything goes!

To get the scoop on our complete All Hallows Eve Brunch click HERE. You’ll be all set for entertaining this Halloween weekend!!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Because Some People DO Need A Recipe for Toast

More accurately, a recipe for the toast du jour: crostini. But in the grand scheme of things there really is no measurable difference in preparation except for the use of an oven in lieu of a toaster. Either way, there is no denying that this crostini recipe with blackberries and goat cheese is not only the easiest thing to make for a brooding All Hallows brunch, it also tastes and looks bomb.com. It’s the only recipe that you don’t really need to be told to you, but we’re doing it anyway. Because let’s be real, there are some cooking-challenged-souls out there who are just a few steps past getting water to boil. We promise, this recipe you can do!

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Blackberry and Formage Blanc Crostini

1 basket of fresh organic blackberries
1 fresh french baguette
formage blanc (or substitute your favorite goat cheese)
2 T wild flower honey
fresh mint for garnish

Slice baguette into 1/2 inch diagonal slices. Toast baguette slices in oven, at 400 degrees, until golden brown. Set on your favorite platter and spread generoulsy with cheese {as much or as little as you like!} onto one side of the crostini. Place washed berries on top {you could also quickly warm them slightly to really get their dark juices flowing!}, drizzle with honey and garnish with freshly chopped mint.

Since this dish is so incredibly simple, it’s really all about picking the very best ingredients. We’re suckers for local San Francsico faves Cowgirl Creamery and Acme bread. Definitely make a point to search out the best sources for top notch ingredients in your area and you won’t be disappointed. These crostini would be equally good with pears or apples. We just might try all three this weekend!

Catch up on the rest of our All Hallows Brunch right here.

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

How to Shoot With Film 101

This summer during a trip to New York, our editorial intern and Instagram guru, June, traded her phone for a film camera in an effort to capture simple moments in the bustling city. Before we had to sadly bid her adieu for the new school year, we picked her brain on all things old school photography and New York! We think you’ll love her observations – and photography tips – as much as we do!

Manhattan looks different on film. Sure, the lure of provocative new exhibits, ever-changing eateries and the buzz of a sleepless city never fades. But in contrast to the speedy snapshots we’re surrounded by everyday, there is a revisited sense of stillness that comes from capturing New York City on film. When I found out my family was traveling to Manhattan for a week this summer, two things immediately came to mind. First, that I would melt in August’s humidity. Second, this same heat would not hinder my efforts to explore and document as much of the city as I could!

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All of you film enthusiasts know that there is nothing more satisfying than pulling the camera’s metal lever, hearing the film strip move forward, followed by the ringing ‘click’ of the manual button. We’re so used to pristinely edited photos, taken quickly and by the masses. Seeing the grain of film photos is such a rare pleasure. Having bought a film camera earlier this year, the best advice I can give to new shooters is to simply pick up the camera and start experimenting, like I did!

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Top 3 Tips for Shooting with Film:

> Lighting and Balance: Although professional classes aren’t necessary, a little technical knowledge will go a long way. Light balance and exposure are the most important factors for a film camera, and especially after using a digital camera, you’ll want even more natural light than you typically need.

> New perspectives are everything. Try things from different vantage points. If you’re taking a shot from above, try cropping certain objects in the frame in interesting ways. Disproportionate details can help an image look far less staged!

> Price- or lack of service shouldn’t stop you! Film is expensive and finding stores that develop film can be a challenge. But the result? Completely worth it. Just be sure to understand the correct loading and unloading method- this will save you from an accidentally overexposed strip!

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Now that I’ve shared a few tisp for getting behind the film camera, I can’t leave without sharing a few of my fave New York stops!

> Cafes: Grand Cafe Lafayette: order croissant with apricot jam + mocha, Toby’s Estate in Flatiron or Brooklyn: order cortado and avocado toast

> Bookstores: Dashwood Book, McNally Jackson, and Creatures of Comfort

> Restaurant: Saxon+ Parole

>Leisure: Washington Square Park at night, Egyption Room at the Met Museum

Whether you love photography or simply wish to see things from a new {or should I say older!} perspective, picking up a film camera and exploring a new city is so incredibly rewarding. There is nothing instant about it and that’s what makes it so worthwhile! — June

photography by June Rustigan