Apr 202019
Side view mixed greens spread with potato wedges

A versatile sauce made from any leftover greens you have, with a hint of garlic and spring onion. Ever wonder what to do with radish, turnip, or even carrot greens? You could certainly make pesto variations, and I suppose this is one – with a few tweaks. What greens can be used for this? Almost any. I haven’t tried a significant portion of kale or beet greens, and I’m guessing those would change the texture and processing time given their thicker cuticle (that’s the exterior part that makes a leaf stiff – not in reference to a nail bed), but…Continue Reading

Mar 302019

Lamb and Polenta Bites

Polenta bites on cutting board

Lamb spiced with coffee and paprika on polenta makes for tasty appetizers (or when you’re making a meal of small bites). While not strictly seasonal or scientific, this is one of those recipes that turned out too good not to share. The combination of paprika, coffee, and red wine makes the lamb incredibly flavorful. It balances out well on simple discs of polenta with a little sharp onion. And as the lamb is cooking, it makes the house smell amazing. While not quick, these are definitely worth the wait. Print Pin Lamb and Polenta Bites Servings 15 IngredientsPolenta½ c/80g polenta2…Continue Reading

Jan 222019

Watermelon Radish and Pomelo Salad

Watermelon radish salad side view

Baby lettuces with colourful watermelon radishes and pomelo are dressed with a sweet maple balsamic vinaigrette and almonds for a light salad that works beautifully in winter to counter all those rich dishes that cold weather invites. I started getting a new CSA box recently which I have been quite pleased with. There have been some interesting finds that have shown up, like these small lettuce heads which came as part of the “stir fry mix”. They were just the sort of thing that would look amazing on a plate as part of simple salad. Within the same week we…Continue Reading

Oct 132018

Caponata

When the garden started producing lots of eggplant, I started experimenting with caponata since I really like vegetable chutneys. But since it’s me, I failed to follow a recipe in any way. So this is a very non-traditional caponata that tastes excellent on crusty bread or pita. I did start with recipes from Smitten Kitchen and Bon Appetit, augmenting them for the flavors I like. I really liked Smitten Kitchen’s inclusion of pine nuts for some textural contrast, but I didn’t have celery or olives, so I included peppers for flavor and reduced the onion a bit. I also changed…Continue Reading

Sep 042018

Turmeric Pickled Deviled Eggs

A few months ago I went to Blind Tiger in Oakland with a friend. One of the items we tried was a trio of pickled deviled eggs (beet ginger, turmeric garlic, black tea shoyu). We both really liked the beet ginger, and well, all of them, so I wanted to create something similar. The garlic was a little much with the turmeric to eat several of, but you can’t really go wrong with the combination of turmeric and ginger so I started from there. I ended up creating a giant platter of them for a party held recently, and they…Continue Reading

Aug 252018

Sweet Corn and Tomato Gazpacho

This corn gazpacho is the soup entry I did for the Fairfield Tomato Festival cooking competition, and actually the recipe I was most please with. It may have only gotten second place in its category, but it is an amazing summer soup. For one thing: gazpacho = no cooking, which is great when there have been too many 90F + days. This was actually my first attempt at gazpacho. In true me fashion, I ended up trying multiple batches at once, both this and a cherry and tarragon version. I’ve had a cherry gazpacho before when I was working in…Continue Reading

Jun 292018

Flatbread – Cooked Three Ways

I like making flatbreads. I won’t pretend that my flatbreads are particularly amazing in flavor or true to a particular cuisine (even though I call them pita breads), but you can go from “I want some bread” to eating homemade bread in 2 ½ hours. Less proofing time than a standard loaf, no worry about crust consistency, and now cooling time after the bread comes out of the oven. Also, there are a bunch of different ways to cook flatbreads, so you don’t have to heat up the oven if it’s 90F. I do recognize to some the flaw in…Continue Reading

Apr 192018

Onion and Wine Jam

The second farm stand in the area has opened this week! And unlike my earlier prediction, snap peas actually came before asparagus this year. I always love snap peas from farm stands. These aren’t the anemic things from the grocery store that are just a vehicle to ferry dip to your mouth when they sit on vegetable platters, these are the full bodied perfection of snap peas. Sweet and filling, I almost always buy multiple bags at a time. They make great snacks to munch on while doing computer work. But the other available produce includes the requisite spring onions.…Continue Reading