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September 04, 2004

Roger and Shirley harvest dinner

c2482.jpg What a pleasure, always, to have Shirley and Roger visit from New Zealand. They immersed themselves in the political protests surrounding the GOP convention. Roger read everything he could find about the current political situation and we had a rousing conversation. In their honor, another late summer Greenmarket feast. Here is what we had:

* corn and peach salad (seasoned with lime juice and chopped parsley--mint is also nice--and garnished with slivered almonds);
* beet salad dressed with pomegranate molasses: Peel raw beets and slice them as thinly as you can on a mandoline, then quickly steam, remove from heat while still crisp, and dress with pomegrante molasses. Garnish with thinly sliced red onions. Chopped cilantro or mint optional.
* Korean festive rice, which I pressed into my 1/3 cup measuring cup and then knocked out onto the big platter, so there were nicely formed individual mounds--dip the stainless steel measure into cold water so rice will slip out easily when you knock the bottom of the measure with the handle of a knife);
* jade salad: sprouted chick peas and lentils, diced purple pepper, diced green tomato, diced cucumbers, grated ginger, lime or lemon, and chopped mint, cilantro, or holy basil. Served with wedges of hierloom tomatoes and sliced avocado on trevisio leaves.
* green salad, with colorful carrot ribbons: romaine, wild watercress, and lambs quarters, thinly sliced (on mandoline) ribbons of red carrots and yellow carrots and large red radishes, dressed with dark fruity olive oil and raw organic apple cider vinegar. Check out the World Carrot Museum!
* Mexican zucchini (Diana Kennedy): dice 1.5 lbs of zucchini or yellow summer squash and place in pot with 1/2 c heavy cream, 3/4 lb chopped tomatoes, cinnamon stick, 4 whole cloves, 6 whole black peppercorns, fresh coriander and fresh mint sprigs, whole fresh serano chile, salt. Simmer, covered, for 1/2 hour, stirring to prevent sticking. If squash released too much liquid, drain it off, place in a separate pan, reduce until thick, and add to the squash.
I had hoped to make oyster and enoki mushrooms and butternut squash, but never got to them. Lovely bottle of Liberty School cabernet sauvignon, 2002, California. Just beautiful. Here's the profile: "blackberry brambles and layers of dark cherry, chocolate and cassis, combine in a way typical of Cabernet Sauvignon in its most pure expression. On the palate, initial softness amplifies into a warm, supple firmness."

Posted by BKG at September 4, 2004 09:32 AM

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