A meal built around wanting to pickle raisins

30 January 2012

falafel

basmati rice with saffron and dill

Eden’s lettuces

chard and scallions in yogurt, tahini, cilantro ginger sauce, sweet and sour pickled red cabbage  with raisins

a honey and white wine poached pear with pomegranate seeds

From the Sunday market

A buffet for the weary and deadline-crazed

http://www.montalvoarts.org/exhibitions/great_reverie/

27 January 2012

overnight pork shoulder with caper salsa verde and chili oil

cannellini beans

crispy potatoes tossed with roast turnips and chanterelles

chard, turnip green and onion frittata

Eden’s mizuna and parsley leaf salad with radishes

Lagunitas Pale Ale on ice

mesquite chocolate chip cookies with oats and dried cherries

Round things for artists and composers

26 January 2012

butternut squash soup with thinly sliced celery hearts, celery leaves, olive oil and black pepper

chicken and ricotta meatballs poached in mushroom stock with chanterelles, butter and Parmigiano Reggiano

garlic rubbed toasts

roasted cabbage and brussel sprouts with red mustard, chard, pine nuts and raisins

pippin apples and Asian pears

The kitchen soundtrack: “Dancin’ In the Moonlight” by King Harvest and “Happy Jack” by The Who

Everyone wins

On a hunch, I carried my frustrations to the woods.  Made ready with my Opinel mushroom knife and an empty book bag, I set out to remind my body  of its desire for movement and, also, to pursue the chanterelles summoned by the rains.

As I walked amongst the trees, the animal inside me arched up to meet the fragrance and  subtle music of my surroundings. As if lulled by my own breath, a shift occurred and I began to see chanterelles everywhere.

Everywhere, orange!

Everywhere.

25 January 2012

miso soup with homemade kombu and  dashi broth, tofu, scallions and kale

“bento box” on a plate:

butternut squash, chanterelle and scallion tempura with rice, handmade pickled ginger, sesame greens, omelette, mizuna and cabbage with spicy mayonnaise

pippin apples, mandarins and Asian pears

So much gratitude for Sasha Cole, who showed me how and where to find the chanterelles

a meal made vibrant with Eden's beautiful greens

Chit chat, chit chat, clams. Chit chat, chit chat, apples and pears.

24 January 2012

roasted cauliflower romanesco and arugula salad with radishes, lemon and anchovy

handmade rye crackers

Manila clam chowder from the wood oven with parsnips, potatoes, fennel and scallions

Asian pears and pippin apples

“I would it were not so, but so it is. Who ever made music of a mild day?” — Mary Oliver

23 January 2012

chanterelle galette with horseradish cream and scallions

Eden’s arugula with garden mint

roasted savoy cabbage, carrots and parsnips with caraway seeds

blood orange champagne gelée with cara cara and navel oranges

So much gratitude for Aki, who combed the soaked woods for this evening’s chanterelles

From the Sunday market

Now that’s alchemy!

Make a minestrone, then wait for the heavy down pour and wild winds to come knocking.  Light the fire, wet the glasses with wine and grab your ladle, girl…

20 January 2012

levain bread and butter

winter minestrone with potato, cabbage, lettuces, chickpeas and white beans with arugula pesto and Parmigiano Reggiano

left 0ver mousse with pomegranate seeds

A social experiment: the fancy/messy continuum

19 January 2012

blood orange, beets and a shaved vegetable salad with ginger and shallots

(celery root, fennel, radicchio and garden radish)

half a Dungeness crab roasted in the wood oven with arborio rice, artichokes, kale, saffron and crab essence

Earl Grey caramel mousse with a lace cookie and pomegranate seeds

Special thanks to Loida, Julie and Eden

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