This weekend I will be moving into a new place with a much bigger kitchen! So time to check out some new locale isn’t in the cards, but had a few things I wanted to share. The Oscar nominations came out this week and Meryl Streep was nominated as best actress in Julie & Julia. Food Inc. was also nominated for best documentary.
And I came across a new book that came out by Jonathan Foer called Eating Animals. Here is the review from Publisher’s Weekly:
The latest from novelist Foer is a surprising but characteristically brilliant memoir-investigation, boasting an exhaustively-argued account of one man-child’s decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers-cattle, pigs, and poultry-to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others. Foer offers a lighthearted counterpoint to his investigation in doting portraits of his loving grandmother, and her meat-and-potatoes comfort food, leaving him to wrestle with the comparative weight of food’s socio-cultural significance and its economic-moral-political meaning. Without pulling any punches-factory farming is given the full expose treatment-Foer combines an array of facts, astutely-written anecdotes, and his furious, inward-spinning energy to make a personal, highly entertaining take on an increasingly visible (and book-selling) moral question; call it, perhaps, An Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Also, is a video clip of Jonathan Foer talking about his book on the Ellen Show.
My mom surprised me this week with a picture of one of her loaves of bread. She never ceases to amaze and inspire me. (This is as big as the picture would go – sorry!) She put her initials on the bread using rice flour before it went in to bake.
A few weeks ago it was in the single digits and I found myself holed up in a corner at Borders trying to thaw out and get feeling back into my toes. I had been wanting to take a look at a cookbook called Monofuku. The chef has four restaurants in New York and I had been to one. Never got dinner (unfortunately…..long story). The cookbook is not for the faint of heart. Be sure to bring your A-game with this one, or better yet, just go eat at his restaurants. I was really inspired by his take on the caprese salad.
It’s a little time consuming, but well worth the effort. I had found an heirloom tomato mix at Trader Joes and decided to do a play on Momofuku’s recipe. First I made a little “X” with a paring knife on the bottom of each tomato. Into a pot of salted boiling water they went for 10-15 seconds. The tomatoes went straight into an ice bath, which allowed the skins to be removed easily. Next I made a standard vinegarette. 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. I also added to it a 1/4 tsp. of Dijon mustard and 1/4 tsp. of honey. Adjust the flavor to your liking. I drizzled the vinegarette over the tomatoes and toped with chopped parsley. It was so tasty.
On the plate was a really simple dinner. I chopped zucchini and red pepper and put this over a piece of salmon in a baking dish. Drizzled the whole thing with EVOO, salt, & pepper and baked at 350 for 15 minutes. While that was going I sauteed some spinach in a little EVOO. Easy peesy!
My new kitchen!! What should be the first meal? Any requests?