Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Foodiephotoblogorrhea


I have been told about this rare malady, but I never suspected it would afflict me. Who ever does? Apparently I am unable to eat anything without taking a picture and posting it first.
In my defense, I've got the house to myself for a few weeks, and can cook whatever I please whenever however I like. It's quite liberating.
So let me explain. The first night I had to answer a friend - localkitchen who tried the swazi sauce in the cookbook and was not overwhelmed. I realized I haven't cooked it according to the basic recipe in years. Beer, ketchup, lemon, pepper, honey, tabasco. None of these flavors are actually discernable in the end, but it was so moist and flavorful. I'll stand by it, as long as I get to play with the recipe. Add raspberry jelly, or cinnamon and za'atar. Gorgeous.
Here it's served with basmati rice studded with currants and pine nuts. And Lisa's eggplants and squash, and a lovely salad of cukes also from her garden. It was a lovely cool night, perfect for sharing a simple meal.

Then yesterday I hit the fridge, determined not to shop. I found some collared greens, leeks and bok choy. Why not? Chuck em in a pot, finely ground and boil em. Note, my cue is from Leah Chase herself who told me how to do a gumbo z'herbes. Of course I forgot much of what she said. So I threw in a cured smoked goose leg and neck. Cooked the hell out of it. Can I testify now? This is one of the few things I really utterly crave in life. Greens. Broccoli rabe is best, but any bitter stewed green will do.

8 comments:

lostpastremembered said...

Ken, that goose makes me so jealous.. you have the worlds luckiest neighbors... and if sharing snaps of dinner is a disorder... diagnosis positive!!!

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Ken Albala said...

Ah, my dear Chinese friends, let's see if this captcha thing works against spam. Not that I don't love spam, but not this kind.

Opy said...

Wow! I would definitely love to eat dinner at your house someday! :D I remember when you brought your bread and salami to class! It was so delicious!

kaela said...

Your chicken looks fabulous, Ken. I will keep tweaking - Lord knows I have plenty of jam in the fridge!

Ken Albala said...

Wow, It also occurs to me after all this time that this blog only allowed comments from people with blospot-google accounts. WAA! The things I have to learn!

家唐銘 said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..................................................................