Rumors of My Death Were Mildly Exaggerated
Hello everyone. I am happy to report(for my sake at least) that I have not died and gone wherever it is one goes when that happens. I have just been a jerk and ignored this thing. Not that I haven't been eating or cooking, I just haven't been doing as much of it as usual, as people seemed to want to visit with me, and when people visit I don't have a lot of time to cook. AND NOT that I don't appreciate a good visit now and then, but I can only eat at restaurants so many times before I start to go a bit mad. And though there were some highlights of these meals cooked by others(Shopsin's milkshake, Noodle House in Flushing for soup dumplings, Dumont burger, some pretty good barbecued brisket given a pastrami treatment at Fette Sau, etc) sometimes I'm just not that impressed with or interested in restaurant meals.
So to keep this short I am sticking to highlights of my own cooking since the last post, plus maybe a few photos I thought were nice(for example, the wild apples above which were picked in a graveyard(OOOOoooooOOOOOOoooooOOOOOO) and are now sauce in the back of my fridge).
Here we go...
This flour and egg became the dough for zucchini ravioli. I can hardly remember what it was served with - three-corner-field farm sheepmilk ricotta and something else... This was part of a meal I cooked at my parents' house for the first family dinner in a while. There was also a cold corn soup with dill and a cold tomato soup with dill flowers.
And a salad of Lollo Rossa lettuce, Upland Cress, duck confit and a poached quail egg.
And then Sugarplum Sorbet and Sugarplum Shortbread(abstracted from a super-classic scottish recipe from a Scottish hospice nurse, with help from my baking brother).
And then exceptional wheat flour/corn meal pancakes with the whipped egg white method, plus massachusetts blueberries, ny apricots, and raspberries and blackberries from the back yard.
My variation on Keller's crazy ratatouille(actually a vegetable bayaldi) from the amazing film "Ratatouille." I guess "Vegetable Bayaldi" isn't a terribly catchy name for a film, and also does not contain the word "rat." Turkish eggplant, two kinds of heirloom tomato, a delicious kind of zucchini(all from Yuno's farm, my favorite) with a roasted red pepper puree, olive oil and Halaby pepper, a Lebanese crushed sweet-hot pepper. Served atop some whole wheat couscous with whipped middle eastern yogurt.
Vegetable Biyaldi filled crepes.
Zucchini, roasted red pepper and shishito pepper sauté with crispy fried egg and the incredibly dense whole wheat bread(with raisin and apricot puree as a yeast feeder)
Two okras two ways(purple okra sauteed, green okra rolled in cornmeal and fried) with charred tomatillos, heirloom tomato and green shiso
Blueberry-Almond Flour pancakes
Spaghetti alla Chitarra with fried Turkish eggplant, tomato, escarole, pecorino romano and egg yolk.
Roasted red pepper, garlic and almond puree; roasted eggplant and labneh puree; whole wheat couscous and shishito pepper.
Potato cake cooked in duckfat, green heirloom tomato, escarole, pink salt
Arborio rice dumplings, okra, padron peppers, yogurt, olive oil
Braised short ribs in green pumpkin seed sauce; charred corn and tomato salsa; mizuna and fresh cheese(I made cheese!) and homemade flour tortillas(thanks to HomesickTexan for posting the great recipe - it is so ridiculously simple that everyone should make them).
Sweet corn soup with basil puree, fresh cheese, and pink salt. Thank goodness for foodmills.
My take on Imam Bayaldi("The Imam Fainted"). I call it "Aşçı Bayaldi" or "The Cook Fainted" because it took so much work. Zucchini, smoked onion and bulghur-stuffed Japanese eggplant with smoked tomato sauce and mizuna salad.
I figured out how to use my wok as a smoker. I am very excited.
Chocolate ice cream with ground sumac, nutmeg, and orange flower water. My ice cream maker is working again. I am very happy about that.
Green bean, grilled yellow zucchini and white onion salad with sesame oil.
Adirondack All-red potato gnocchi with basil pesto and fresh cheese. I am almost getting the hang of gnocchi. These were almost light and pillowy.
Sweet corn, avocado squash an red onion hash with poached eggs
Mizuna, heirloom tomato and salt salad
Coconut Peanut ice cream
Avocado squash, yellow zucchini and tomato casserole with Halaby pepper.
Green bean, red onion, and Adirondack All-red shoestring fried potatoes with basil pesto.
Mizuna, fried red onion, and crisp braised short rib.
Next week I am on Martha's Vineyard, and plan on cooking some updated and/or deconstructed versions of dishes from the Martha's vineyard cookbook, and also doing some squid jigging, otherwise known as fishing for squid. I promise I will post more often from now on. Probably.