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  1. Salad 2016 –

    Sprout Salad, Part Two from Ottolenghi's Plenty More, the ingredients and quantities are available online here. Not really much to look at but with plenty of nuts, avocado edamame and a mix of other vegetables in an interesting dressing flavored with umeboshi paste, it's a refreshing and satisfying salad.
  2. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Super French Toast from Ottolenghi's Plenty More, online here (scroll down, it's the last one) and sausage. I skipped the sour cream. This recipe first bakes the bread in the custard, re-dips it and fries it in butter. In contrast to the NOPI recipe where the toast gets a quick fry in butter and then bakes in the oven. The NOPI method makes sense for a group as everything comes out at the same time. I like the NOPI method and the star anise sugar it uses but I also like the way this recipe heats the milk/cream with orange rind, cinnamon and vanilla to flavor it. No reason I can't combine them both. Sausages are these, purchased from a vendor at my local farmer's market. I've been trying their various offerings and the name on this one made me laugh
  3. Salad 2016 –

    Yes, the recipe calls for boiling all but one beet and slicing the raw beet paper thin. I went with the program but next time, I would cut the raw candy beet into thin matchstick so they look like little peppermint sticks!
  4. Salad 2016 –

    Another Ottolenghi salad. Candy beets with lentils and yuzu from Plenty More, recipe available online here. I love the combination of beets and citrus. Yuzu is one I hadn't tried with beets but I enjoyed it here. I roasted (instead of boiled) regular red beets and used a raw candy beet.
  5. Hospital Time

    Thank you for sharing this glimpse of Chinese culture with us. I hope you'll be sharing more pleasing observations with us soon - get well!
  6. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    Jerusalem artichoke and Swiss chard tart from Ottolenghi,online here. The chard or other greens + feta are a natural but I never would have thought of putting Jerusalem artichokes into a tart like this. My deviations from the recipe: I used beet greens instead of Swiss chard because I had them. I roasted the Jerusalem artichokes instead of boiling and used yogurt instead of crème fraîche. Finally, I had less feta than I thought so I added some goat cheddar and goat gouda to make up the difference. I don't think those adjustments did any harm to the end result. It's rich enough that a slice and a salad make a nice meal.
  7. Salad 2016 –

    Saffron Chicken & Herb Salad from Ottolenghi's Jerusalem. Recipe available online here. Not the most photogenic salad I've made but very tasty. I don't love raw fennel so I used the recommended sub of arugula and green onion. Fennel would have been better as I was sorely missing the crunch that it would bring. After a few bites, I went back and added sliced radishes. Sugar snap peas would also have been good. No fresh red chiles about so I used a mixture of jalapeño for heat and red bell pepper for color. I cooked the chicken breast sous vide, ahead of time, so aside from the time to simmer the orange/saffron mixture, this came together very quickly.
  8. Salad 2016 –

    Beet, avocado and pea salad from Ottolenghi's Plenty More, recipe available online here. I almost always use some sort of citrus in a beet salad so this was a nice change of pace. I roasted the beets whole instead of boiling as the recipe specifies. The cooked beets & thinly sliced onions are marinated in a mix of sherry vinegar, olive oil & chili sauce (I used Sambal Oelek) so they have a bit of heat. Once you start mixing the salad, everything (including the peas and avocado) turns beet-colored so it's worth composing it nicely on the plate. The online version calls for broad beans or edamame while the book uses peas.
  9. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Scrambled eggs, watermelon and half of a brioche-crust mini "pizza"
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 5)

    Pistachio & pine nut-crusted halibut with wild arugula & parsley vichyssoise from Ottolenghi's NOPI The vichyssoise (served warm, not chilled) is lovely and I'd be happy to eat a bowl of it all on its own. The browned butter and nut crust add a nice finish to the fish. I can't say that the radish does much beyond looking pretty and pink.
  11. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Puréed beets with yogurt & za'atar from Ottolenghi's Jerusalem with pita chips. My intention was to mix this up and put it in the fridge for later but I ended up scarfing down most of it. The recipe calls for the yogurt to be blended with the seasoned beet purée and crumbled goat cheese used as a topping. I mixed the yogurt and goat cheese together and swirled that into the beets. Sweet, tangy, spicy, earthy. Lots of good flavor.
  12. Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    I was at TJ's this afternoon and decided to pick one up. It's OK. If I need a gluten-free option for guests, I might use it again but not for myself. It has quite a lot of sodium - 220 mg/serving of 1/6 of the crust. Since it's a very thin crust, it would be certainly be possible for a hungry person to eat 1/2 (660 mg) or even the whole thing (1320 mg). if one chooses salty toppings (like my pesto and feta), and chows down on a whole pie, that's a lot! I read some discouraging reviews of this item and TJ's has significantly revised the baking recommendations. Here's the original, with a baking time of 8-10 min: The revised instructions that calls for 2 separate 10-12 min bakes, followed by 4-5 min of broiling before applying toppings and another 4-5 min broil after topping Following those directions, I cut short both the pre-and post-topping broils as the edges were getting over done. I was using a toaster oven (CSO) and suspect a full sized oven would cook more evenly. Here it is after topping with pesto, red bell peppers, red onion and feta cheese. I would have preferred a longer bake to get a bit of char on the toppings but I was afraid the edges would be incinerated. Here, you can see that it's relatively thin. The underside was firm, a little chewy, not soggy at all. The edges varied from crisp to hard.
  13. Thanks for sharing, @SJMitch! You raise a good point about the importance of being able to deliver flawlessly (or close to) on initial orders in order to keep customers. I also totally agree with your observation about offerings trending towards a least common denominator as they expand. Personally, I'd like a service to give me meal-sized portions of unusual ingredients to sample and play with but I've heard the "too weird" comments from friends about Blue Apron meals, too, so I suspect I'm in the minority. I've been curious about Sun Basket since they offered a set of Paula Wolfert dishes a few months back. Their menus are generally appealing to me but I haven't tried them. I notice that they offer a breakfast option (2 breakfasts subbing for a dinner choice - one a smoothie and the second breakfast was something eggy or otherwise breakfast-y. I haven't seen that from other services and thought it was an interesting option. Have you tried any of their breakfasts?
  14. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Caramelized endive with Gruyère from Ottolenghi's Plenty p 157. Here's a photo of the endives before I covered them with cheese - so pretty, it's a pity to hide them! I was tempted to eat them like this with a drizzle of sherry vinegar ... ...but I proceeded to make them completely unhealthy! There is a similar recipe in Ottolenghi that adds a slice of Serrano ham so I riffed off of both, added some crispy bacon crumbles to the cheese and breadcrumbs and called it breakfast.
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 5)

    Ottolenghi mish mash III. Not a lot of thought went into this collection. I planned to make something from NOPI but suffered from poor time management so this was plan B. Clockwise from top: Stuffed peppers with fondant rutabaga & goat cheese from Plenty More - the recipe calls for regular bell peppers but I wanted to try the little guys. Focaccia with olive & parsley topping from Ottolenghi - frozen and reheated nicely in the CSO. Yogurt with cucumbers from Jerusalem. Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad from Plenty. While cooking, I enjoyed a Sumac martini from NOPI. I know this should go over in the cocktail forum but this way, I get to include all 5 Ottolenghi books in one post