Eco-Soul Kitchen: The Rebirth Brunch

A spring menu celebrating resurrection, revival and rejuvenation.

Posted:
 
terry
Chef Bryant Terry offers a Creole-inspired springtime brunch.

DERIVATIVE

Equinox-Easter;

Rebirth and resurrection

are synonymous.

Betsy-Katrina;

Rebirth and resurrection

are synonymous.

--b. terry

I bet you're already thinking about this Sunday's Easter dinner.  Come on.  Admit it.  Visions are dancing in your head of succulent honey glazed ham surrounded by sweet, caramelized, roasted root vegetables; rich, creamy mac and cheese with a golden brown crust; meltingly tender mustard greens; hot, just-out-of-the-oven, fragrant dinner rolls with butter slathered on top; and that bunny shaped coconut cake, that you can't stand.  Wait.  I'm sorry.  I was having a childhood flashback.  Actually, I don't celebrate Easter anymore, unless I happen to be visiting my parents.  I never eat ham, and I rarely eat cheese.  But the fact is, I still have nostalgic memories of longstanding dinner traditions shared with my family.

It wasn't until I spent Christmas away from my family for the first time two years ago that I realized that holidays mean a lot to me.  No matter what my philosophical opposition to their consumerist overtones might be now, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter were the times that my parents were on vacation, my sister and I were out of school, we visited extended family, expressed love, gave thanks, and ate good food.