Friday, 29 October 2010

Olives and Sandwich Lust : Comfort Chic

Since Roman times ~
The Key to Luscious Home-Cured Olives: Drain Cleaner

"A good lye-cured olive, is smooth and luscious in a way that brine or water-cured olives can never be. When done right, of course"

Lye. Isn't that the stuff the Mafia uses to dissolve the bodies of those who make an unfortunate choice...
Read more: The Key to Luscious Home-Cured Olives: Drain Cleaner; theatlantic.com




"A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible." ~Welsh Proverb (quotegarden.com)

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Comfort chic
~ Why should the kids have all the fun on Halloween? A sophisticated menu salutes the adults with a savoury duck breast wedged between two ghostly white dishes to set the scene...
Read more: Halloween treats for adult tastes; theglobeandmail.com

~ Oven-frying is for those of us who tend to make peace with our cravings by surrendering to them...
Read more: Oven Fries: Having It Both Ways; npr.org




Food and Art
Georgia O'Keeffe - We know her for her magnified close-ups of flowers, the abstract skull in the desert, the expansive paintings of sky just above fluffy white clouds...

Read more: O'Keeffe in the kitchen; jsonline.com




Sandwich time
~ Dean Koontz: Lunch Lessons; saveur.com
~ Montreal smoked meat gives New York pastrami run for its money; nationalpost.com
~ Give Me a Sandwich, and Hold the Sodium; slashfood.com
~ The Soup And Sandwich Tray Helps You Keep Balanced; inventorspot.com



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Culinary journey
~ Walking into one of Hong Kong’s private kitchens, small speakeasy restaurants located in commercial or residential buildings all over the island...
Read more: Private kitchens in Hong Kong serve upscale discerning clients; boston.com

~ Figuring out how to cook better Italian food is not what Jessica Aves expected to learn in rural Japan...
Read more: Organic Farming in Japan; matadornetwork.com




Quick Bites
Outrageously good looking grilled cheese with caramelised onions and thyme on whole grain...

Read more: Chanel Jack-O-Lantern, bag lady, Isabella Blow, Snacks-to-go, Office garb, O in VB, Goop in Gucci & Sandwich lust; fashionfoodfatale.com




Styling food
In food photography, there is a knack to keeping food true to the recipes you are working with while keeping an eye toward how it looks on the plate...
Read more: Food Photography: The Elements of Styling; nytimes.com


Learning experience
Chef Sara Moulton, author of the book "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners," speaks at the 2010 Kohler Food & Wine Experience...
Read more: Lovers of wine, beer, spirits and food experience expert advice; jsonline.com



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Pantry notes
~ Apple With a Pedigree: Heirloom Varieties Are Turning Up on Mainstream Grocery Shelves: the Newtown Pippin, the Yellow Bellflower; wsj.com
~ Intoxicating Olives; aldenteblog.com


The healthy corner
~ Eat Vegan: Be Healthy, Well-Fed, and Kind; rodale.com


From the mixer
~ A Feast of Innards Nourishes French Nostalgia; nytimes.com
~ Halloween's butterfly (Farfalla di Halloween); corriere.it




Inzhir - Figs and Paleta Iberica (Spanish Cure...Image by ockstyle via Flickr


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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Salt, South and Sun : Appetite for Adventure

Food & Photo ~
How do I make my food photography look professional?

"Food can be quite a diva: it doesn’t strike a pose, never smiles. Here come the food stylists, the people who work the magic behind the scenes of a photoshoot"

From drooling over that oozing M&S chocolate pudding to regularly seeking gastronomic titillation on the internet...
Read more: How do I make my food photography look professional? bbc.co.uk




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Southern culinary life
~ Here's the thing about Southern food: For most of our history, it was the best food in the country...
Read more: Lardcore: Modern Southern Food with Hard-Core Attitude; time.com

~ Spook up your supper tonight with these hauntingly delicious Halloween recipes...
Read more: Halloween Party Ideas - Main Dishes; southernliving.com




TasteMakers
Curious, intrepid, gutsy, a certifiable adventurer, Diana Kennedy takes on the roads and recipes of Oaxaca...

Read more: Appetite for adventure; chicagotribune.com




Food stories
~ For the ordinary Roman, food was basic. The staple diet consisted mostly of a wheat-based porridge, seasoned with herbs or meat if available...
Read more: Ancient History in depth: Roman Food and Recipes; bbc.co.uk

~ This dessert, the love child of broiled grapefruit and baked Alaska, is as joyful as it is unexpected...
Read more: Recipe Redux - Grapefruit Fluff, 1941 and 2010; nytimes.com



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~ 1966 - The TV camera zooms in for a close-up and focuses on her hands. She may be dicing an onion, mincing a garlic clove, trussing a chicken...
Read more: Food: Everyone's in the Kitchen; time.com

~ For Halloween trick, a turn back time. And for this week's treat, all foods deviled. Spooky enough?...
Read more: Where in the devil did this culinary term go?; nola.com




Food for thought
Worried about your declining brain? Drink a glass of juice. Concerned about high cholesterol? Reach for the margarine...

Read more: Health benefits or hype? Battle over functional foods heats up; theglobeandmail.com




Pantry notes
~ Salt is a mineral essential to the human body, yet we tend to think of it as a spice essential to cooking...
Read more: Salt : Recipes and helpful tips; bbc.co.uk

~ Thinking about pumpkins, apples and chestnuts...
Read more: 31 Recipes for October: Cool Weather Fare; planetgreen.discovery.com



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From the mixer
~ Discover Carmignano; chicagotribune.com
~ What's Next For The Folks Behind Bacon Salt & Baconnaise?; consumerist.com
~ The Year's Biggest Pumpkin Sets World Record; shelterpop.com




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Appetibilis
~ Cep and Walnut Pizza; chocolateandzucchini.com


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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Party Cooking Tips : Bish, Bash, Bosh Et Voilà!

Indulge your inner child ~
Halloween

~ A week from now, you're going to need something to do with all those leftover treats...
Read more: Boo! Your sweetest Halloween candy-inspired recipes; salon.com

~ Sweet treats shouldn't be reserved for just the tiniest of tricksters...
Read more: Indulge your inner child with these gourmet Halloween treats; nola.com




"There is just one life for each of us: our own." ~Euripides (quotegarden.com)

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Irrational and interesting
On her blog Candy Professor, Samira Kawash dives into the irrational equation of candy and danger...
Read more: Is Candy Evil or Just Misunderstood?; nytimes.com


Food TV
It looks so easy on the television. But is it really possible to cook Jamie Oliver's 30-minute recipes and do they taste any good?...
Read more: Bish, bash, bosh: Putting Jamie's 30 Minute Meals to the test; guardian.co.uk




Food crafters
The East Los Angeles company uses generations-old family recipes to fashion its jamoncillo, camote, calabaza and other traditional Mexican sweets...

Read more: The Artisan: La Zamorana, making candy the old-fashioned way; latimes.com




Pantry notes
~ Raw, they are bitter, but have the most wonderful fragrance – somewhere between ripe apples and pears, yet much more complex...
Read more: The perfect fruit for autumn: Skye Gyngell cooks with quince; independent.co.uk

~ Ding dong! You're going trick-or-treating a little early this year...
Read more: Candied bacon, to get you ready for Halloween; salon.com



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~ Like lemon juice, it adds brightness to a wide range of dishes...
Read more: Verjuice or Verjus, It’s Good for a Little Tartness; nytimes.com


Gluten free
~ Halloween Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch; dishtoweldiaries.com
~ Gluten-Free Fruit Crumble Recipes for Fall; nytimes.com
~ Gluten-Free Candy for Halloween; celiacdisease.about.com




Food for thought
Cost of meat, sugar, rice, wheat and maize soars as World Bank predicts five years of price volatility...

Read more: Global food crisis forecast as prices reach record highs; guardian.co.uk





~ The fight is on over how to solve our food crisis, but if we choose the wrong food policy at this juncture there could be no going back...
Read more: Why food is costing us the earth; telegraph.co.uk


The healthy corner
~ Hanging tough: relief from over-imbibing; eatocracy.cnn.com
~ Diet Advice - A Food Plan to Energize Your Plate; marieclaire.com
~ Are E numbers really bad for you? bbc.co.uk



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From the mixer
~ Lunchbox: Italian Food At Pietrasanta in Singapore; wsj.com
~ The taste test: cupcakes; ft.com
~ World's Largest Gummy Worm Makes Us Squirm; slashfood.com




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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

5 Degrees of Bacon, Pheasant and ... Seasonal Foods (A Splurge!)

Perfect time to experiment with ... ~
Pesto Is Not Just About Basil Any More ~

"Pesto is the Italian word for pestle. A technique to make a flavorful paste by using a mortar and pestle where the classic basil version is just one interpretation"

Ten—no, 11!—delicious, beyond-the-obvious pestos to add to your arsenal...
Read more: Goodbye Basil, Hello Pumpkin Seeds ; wsj.com




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"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." ~Elizabeth Lawrence (quotegarden.com)

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Let Yourself Go:
~ The balance between a healthful, low-calorie options and the more indulgent choices can keep us from growing out of the jeans?...
Read more: When to Cut Calories and When to Splurge; divinecaroline.com

~ Maple bacon latte, Baconnaise, Bacon cinnamon roll, Bacon and chocolate... (So much for nutritional value.)
Read more: Five Degrees of Bacon; divinecaroline.com




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Seasonal foods
~ Introduced by the Normans in the 11th century, the pheasant is now a familiar sight in the countryside...
Read more: Pheasant; deliciousmagazine.co.uk

~ The opportunity to experiment with ostrich eggs (which, incidentally, made jolly good icecream) or goose eggs...
Read more: Scrambled goose eggs; stuff.co.nz









~ Following the lead of a well-known food writer for Elle in the 1960s, Craig Claiborne claimed that there were two accepted methods for making beef Bourguignon...
Read more: Boeuf Bourguignon; leitesculinaria.com


Slow food
The Palasport Olimpico, built for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, saw the opening ceremony of another sort of worldwide delegation on Thursday: Terra Madre 2010...
Read more: Terra Madre Kicks Off in Turin; nytimes.com




Nutritious and versatile
Spelt is a wonderfully wholesome grain that has been around for 3,000 years, along with others like kamut...

Read more: Long-forgotten grain proves quite the treat; independent.ie




What's cooking?
~ One Swedish chain hasn't just figured out how to post non-price numeric information on the menuboard, it's doing so with a totally different count: carbon emissions...
Read more: The New Frontier of Menu Labeling; qsrmagazine.com

~ Consumers have returned to specialty food in a big way this year after two years of reigned-in spending...
Read more: Consumers Returning to Specialty Foods; progressivegrocer.com








Healthy corner
Many people with food allergies have family members who don’t suffer from the same...
Read more: Dining out: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; allergysense.com


From the mixer
~ Washington Cooks: A budding talent; washingtonpost.com
~ Generosity Might Keep Us Healthy; scientificamerican.com
~ A Meat Lover’s Manifesto for Meatless Monday; civileats.com




Veg - Garlic: Whole Red Garlic Bulbs on Wooden...Image by ockstyle via Flickr



Appetibilis - Appetizing Posts of the Day
~ Bring on Autumn - Roasted Vegetables and Cornish Game Hens Dinner; fourpointsfoodie.com
~ Spicy Pumpkin Potion... I mean soup...; citrusandcandy.com

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Monday, 25 October 2010

Food Blogs for a Taste of the World and Pantry Notes

Foodies United! ~
Food blogs move to the mainstream ~

"The fact : After existing for less than a decade, food blogs has been acknowledged by the mainstream food world and will be included in the James Beard Foundation Awards for the first time this year"

What do a Lithuanian model in Paris, a British dot-com consultant and an undergraduate Luxembourgian in London all have in common?...
Read more: Have Food Blogs Come of Age?; wsj.com




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Comfort zone
~ These dumplings are just as authentic as its potato relative, but lighter in texture and much easier to make...
Read more: Ricotta Gnocchi Are Sticky and Lumpy (and Just Right); nytimes.com
~ From classic roast chicken to the ultimate chicken soup, including pies, curries, stir-fries and pasta dishes...
Read more: Chicken : Recipes and helpful tips; bbc.co.uk




TasteMakers
Dorie Greenspan - Her cookbooks are treasured. Her legions are growing, as she long ago tapped into the power of the blogosphere...

Read more: All We Can Eat - In the kitchen with Dorie;




Culinary globetrotting
~ In search of a grasshopper salad; ft.com
~ Lunch at the world's cheapest Michelin starred restaurant; luxeat.com
~ Grazing: Tastes from Istria to Copenhagen to Valencia; food.truth.travel
~ Henne Kirkeby Kro and Talented Mr. Poulsen; verygoodfood.dk
~ A catalog of diets — 'What I Eat' is what we eat; culinate.com








Pantry notes
~ The easiest to find is crunchy Napa cabbage, which is particularly prized in China, where it's used in everything from hearty dumplings to soups...
Read more: Farm-Fresh Asian Greens; saveur.com

~ Many foods are defined by their aroma and yuzu is no exception. In fact, the distinct aroma of yuzu has earned it its very own aroma compound, Yuzunone...
Read more: yuzu kosho; playingwithfireandwater.com

~ Globally there are over 9,000 species of seaweed divided into three major types: green, brown and red. Red is the most species-rich group...
Read more: seaweed; fishonline.org


The fishmonger news
~ If cats can smell in their dreams, the seafood processing facility visited, must be their idea of a smorgasbord in heaven...
Read more: Cheap Seafood's High Cost; theatlantic.com

~ Knife Skills: How to Peel and Devein Shrimp; seriouseats.com
~ How to Make Ceviche; seriouseats.com
~ Video: Collecting caviar in Andalucía; guardian.co.uk








From the mixer
~ Open for Business: The Best Pizzeria in Naples?; theatlantic.com




Sea - Anchovies: Raw Anchovy on a Crystal PlateImage by ockstyle via Flickr


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