Category Archives: Lunch

Green Couscous

Thursday, 05 July 2018

It’s early June but feels like August. That’s good and not good. Good because we can go to the beach already and the water is warm enough for a swim. Good because all of the summer fruits are in full swing and they’re delicious this year including watermelon, corn, peaches, early apricots, early tomatoes, plums, nectarines, sugar snap peas, zucchini, summer squash, chiles, eggplants. We’re cooking and eating all the summer things. Good because school is out and the traffic is lighter. Good because days are long and seem to linger. Good because it’s time to go barefoot without a sweater. Good because the Hollywood Bowl is super nice on a balmy summer night. Good because it’s baseball season which makes me think about...

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Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

I was reading my daily email from the NYT food department and there it was. The perfect confluence – the junction of two rivers – Zucchini and Ricotta. We are starting summer off with what undoubtedly will be too many zucchini in the garden, which requires me to make every zucchini recipe I can get my hands on. And then there’s ricotta. The recipe advertised a recipe for homemade ricotta. Irresistible. I have been wanting to make ricotta for months – just haven’t gotten to it and here was my chance. This recipe had my name all over it. I hunkered on down. Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil (-NYT, David Tanis) Fresh Homemade Ricotta (-NYT, Melissa Clark) Ingredients: 1 quart whole...

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Green Summer Soup – Watercress Vichyssoise

Sunday, 03 July 2016

This soup is stunning and it’s lovely cold or hot. Soup in summer has become one of my favorite things – savory, sweet, tart, spicy – all good. This one is a winner. Watercress Vichyssoise (adapted from Vegetarian Times Magazine – June 2016) This is a flexible recipe and I doubled it for six and had a bit left over for lunch! It is also very easy to make this Vegan Ingredients: 1 Tbsp butter or olive oil (olive oil if you’re going vegan) 2 medium leeks, halved, white and light-green parts thinly sliced (about 2 cups) 1 medium Russet or Yukon gold potato (about 6 oz), peeled and diced 4 cups fresh watercress, pus more for garnish 3 cups vegetable stock or water 3 Tbsp crème fraiche (optional)...

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Cauliflower Soup

Friday, 11 March 2016

Cauliflower. Caul-i-flower. It does look like a flower. A white-ish or purple or green or yellow bulby flower. Edible. There was one in the refrigerator and I felt like soup and I had been mining for recipes the day before and noticed one for cauliflower soup. So there it was. I had the ingredients (or most of them) and it was simple and delicious. Try it. Cauliflower Soup (modified from Food52) Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, sliced including the core 1 Tbsp butter ½ Tbsp olive oil ½ yellow onion, diced 1 leek light green parts only, diced (this is the ingredient that I was missing the first time around and so I used one whole yellow onion. Second time I had a leek. It was good both ways). 2...

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Eggplant Caponata

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Eggplant is one of my favorite foods so I’m always on the prowl for interesting recipes. Nightshade. It’s a ‘nightshade’ food – Solanaceae – considered deadly for people with aching joints and other ailments – not deadly as in life threatening necessarily but deadly as in pain exacerbating. Hard to believe. Urban myth? I think it might actually be true and Ihave tried not eating nightshade plants. I’ve also tried doing more yoga and the later is pretty effective for building up muscle where achiness occurs. Anyway, for the moment, I ignore the information and eat on. This is a super deeply delicious dish with complex flavors of sweet and sour (“agrodolce” in Italian). This dish hails from Sicily according...

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Simmered Chickpea Stew

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Get those garbanzo beans a soakin’ Long ago, when Alex was a youngster, I had a client who gave me a recipe for her favorite garbanzo bean stew. It really was delicious and I made that recipe many times – delicious and cheap. Although we both grew tired of this recipe I’m pretty sure that it did imprint as one of his childhood foods, so when I make it now, it’s familiar and comforting. I was thinking of this recipe the other day but couldn’t find it. Frustrating but I decided to try to ad lib holy-befold! I have to say that I’ve come pretty close! I got those Rancho Gordo dried garbanzo beans to soaking and this is what I came up with. A pretty good approximation of my favorite simmered chickpea stew. Simmered...

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Ployes – French Buckwheat Pancakes

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A while back I had a hankering for a super thin buckwheat pancake brushed with butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar or maybe drizzled with maple syrup. I have no idea why but I just wanted that. I went hunting for a recipe and discovered the ”ploye.” A ploye is a type of buckwheat pancake, popular in Canada and New Brunswick. Also now popular in this house. I don’t know that a ploye is necessarily a super thin buckwheat pancake but I made them super thin and they were delicious. They’re really great. Butter up the pan, pour the batter, cook on one side and you know when they’re done because they get beautiful little bubbles all over and they’re done when the wetness is gone and the bubbles popped. A quick...

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Summer Gazpacho

Saturday, 02 January 2016

It’s been a long hiatus and hopefully it’s over! This is where I left off. . . . We had a treasure trove of tomatoes in our garden, which was glorious and fun. Once again I experimented with gazpacho recipes, which are all sort of the same just different proportions of tomatoes to other ingredients – mostly nuanced differences. Below is what I came up with for last summer. A perfectly delicious cold soup on a hot summer day and it was hot this summer! We lived on this stuff. Gazpacho 2 cups cubed day-old bread (take off the crusts)* 4 pounds of tomatoes – the more delicious the tomatoes the more delicious the soup – obviously. 1 cup of cucumber (peeled and seeded and chopped) 1 Tbsp...

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Zucchini And Ricotta Cakes With Lemon

Sunday, 15 June 2014

I think I’m there. I’ve reached the pinnacle. I have found the ultimate perfect zucchini recipe. Maybe. I could eat these delicious little cakes all day long. For the first time ever I’m wanting there to be even more zucchini in my garden. This recipe comes from a book that my friend Disa gave me (wife of famous brew meister Neils Thomson of Wintercoat brewery fame). Disa and Niels live in Denmark (Disa and I met on the first day of Kindergarten so we have significant history). She comes to visit her folks – making me the unintended beneficiary of the visit. She always brings me some Danish goodies when she comes. Almost always food related because she and I love to cook together. She has brought me chocolate,...

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Lemon-Zucchini Soup

Thursday, 05 June 2014

I am still working through all of the zucchini in my garden. They ripen before I turn around and there are still so many it’s overwhelming. But fun and challenging. Today zucchini soup. Tomorrow zucchini double-chocolate brownies. I think. I needed the zucchini soup to be something out of the ordinary. So, as usual, I read and combined recipes and ingredients. We liked how this soup tasted. Hope you do too. Lemon-Zucchini Soup Ingredients: Olive oil 1 ½ pounds of zucchini roughly chopped 1 large onion – chopped 1 small potato (optional) chopped 5 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock – must be home made – makes a big difference. I used vegetable of course. ½ cup chopped basil ½ cup chopped...

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