As inFries!An Illustrated History of the World's Favorite Food (Princeton Architectural Press/ April 26, 2016) by Blake Lingle, cofounder of Boise Fry Company. For more on this pocketful of fries, read Blake Lingle interview on PA Press blog.
Not just for cancer patients to get their strength back in The Meals to Heal Cookbook, 150 Easy, Nutritionally Balanced Recipes to Nourish You During Your Fight with Cancer ( Da Capo Lifelong Books, April 2016) by Susan Bratton of Savor Health and Jessica Iannotta.
Bull’s-Eye Skillet Avocado Eggs
Time: Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 30 minutes
This dish uses avocado halves as an appealing, edible “cup” for eggs. These can also be served as a lighter lunch or dinner meal because of their nutrient density. For someone with a compromised immune system, cook longer, until the yolk is fully cooked.
1 large ripe avocado
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out enough of the flesh to accommodate an entire egg in each hollowed-out peel.
Remove a small portion of the outer peel of each avocado half so it sits straight when you set it on a cutting board.
Crack and separate the eggs, placing the yolks in two individual ramekins or small cups and both whites together in a small bowl.
Heat the olive oil in a lidded skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the avocado shells, flesh side down, and sear them, uncovered, for about 30 seconds, or until slightly golden.
Flip the avocado shells over and fill the cavities almost to the top with the egg whites.
Lower the heat to medium-low, put the lid on, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the egg whites have turned from clear to white and are almost set.
Carefully slide the yolks over the whites and continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the yolks are cooked all the way through.
I always preferred sautéing or roasting asparagus until I started growing it in my garden. I don’t know if it was the proximity of garden to grill that provided a push in this direction, but from the first time I grilled asparagus, it has been my favorite way to cook it. I love the method here in particular because you can prepare everything several hours ahead of time so that it’s ready to toss on the grill once it’s hot. (Note that on a day when the grill isn’t lit, you can go back to my old ways and sauté the asparagus in canola oil in a wide pan over high heat or roast it in a 425°F oven.)
If you don’t grow your own, truly fresh asparagus can be hard to find. Choose asparagus bunches that are standing upright with their stems in water. The base of the stems should not be shriveled or dry. The tips should be stiff and tight, with no moist or mushy sections. Be sure to clean asparagus thoroughly. The shoots grow straight up out of the ground, and lots of dirt can hide in the tight leaves at the top of each spear.
2 bunches pencil asparagus (about 2 pounds/107 grams), washed and dried (see note)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
½ teaspoon chile flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Minced zest and juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced serrano chile
Prepare a hot grill. Place a grill basket on the grill to heat.
Trim the asparagus so that the spears are 4 to 6 inches long. Place the asparagus in a bowl.
Heat a small pot over medium heat. Add the canola oil, and when it starts to shimmer, add the mustard seeds. Cook, stirring and shaking the pan, until the mustard seeds pop, 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour the mustard seeds and oil over the asparagus. Add the chile flakes and season with salt and pepper. Pour over 1½ tablespoons of the olive oil and toss until well coated. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1½ tablespoons olive oil with the lemon zest and juice, shallots, ginger, and chile. Set aside. (Everything can be done up until this point up to 2 hours in advance and set aside at room temperature.)
Place the asparagus in the hot grill basket and cook, shaking the basket occasionally, until crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Transfer the asparagus to a serving dish. Pour the lemon–olive oil mixture over it and mix well. Serve.
Asparagus needs thorough rinsing to get rid of all the sand that can hide in its tight leaves and tips. To wash it well, place the asparagus tips down in a cylindrical container, such as a wine bucket or a thermos. Fill the container with cold water and let stand for 20 minutes, periodically shaking the asparagus to get the dirt out. Remove the asparagus from the water and shake dry.
Sometimes I wonder how people eat all the fake stuff when Mother Nature gives us such beautiful organic flavors and colors. Walking through the farmers market is inspiring and makes me feel alive. There is a reason for that: Pretty much everything I buy there has a direct impact on my body, mind, and spirit. Purple cauliflower is not just stunning looking; it also helps you look stunning. The purple color is a perk, a sign of flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins, instrumental in regulating blood sugar levels and body weight, and glucoraphanin, known for lowering your cancer risk.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 medium-size onion, sliced
1 head purple cauliflower, cut into large chunks
2 or 3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
Boiling filtered water
1 tablespoon sweet white miso
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lime
Himalayan pink salt
+ Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat, add the celery and onion, and sauté until the onion is translucent.
+ Lower the heat to medium and add the cauliflower, reserving a few florets for garnish.
+ Add the potato and enough boiling filtered water to cover the veggies; cook until the cauliflower is al dente, 15 to 20 minutes.
+ Add the miso and garlic and cook for another few minutes.
+ Transfer to a Vitamix and puree until smooth.
+ Add the lime juice.
+ Taste and adjust the flavors with salt and seasonings.
+ Garnish with the reserved cauliflower florets.
If you are not cleansing, serve the soup with ½ teaspoon of truffle oil for extra flavor pop.
(* Recipe reproduced with permission from 'Soupelina's Soup Cleanse, Plant-Based Soups and Broths to Heal Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Transform Your Life' by Elina Fuhrman -Da Capo Lifelong Books- February 2016)
Yields 10 (5- to 6-INCH/12.5- to 15-Centimeter) Pancakes
These pancakes are lighter than those in your standard stack: slender and slightly crisp on the outside, light and lacy with assertive raspberry flavor. The raspberries are blended into the milk before being added to the batter----a solution to having pockmarks of berry flavor only here and there. You’ll want a mile-high pile.
1 cup (4 ounces/120 grams) quinoa flour
¼ cup (1¾ ounces/50 grams) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (6 ounces/180 milliliters) milk
8 tablespoons (4 ounces/120 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for greasing the skillet
2 large eggs
1 cup (5 ounces/150 grams) fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup (3 ounces/90 grams) Basic Quinoa (pages 12–13)
Salted butter, at room temperature
Maple syrup or honey
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a blender, purée the milk, butter, eggs, raspberries, and vanilla until the raspberries are broken down.
Whisk the raspberry mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the quinoa. Heat a medium nonstick skillet or a nonstick griddle over medium heat. Lightly grease it with butter. Use a ¼ cup measure to scoop the batter onto the skillet. Cook until the batter begins to bubble and the edges of the pancakes look opaque and set, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook until steam begins to escape through the pores in the pancakes, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Top with butter and honey or a dollop of Greek yogurt and syrup or honey.
Note: If making these or Pumpkin-Spice Pancakes (p. 40) in multiple batches, keep finished pancakes warm in an oven heated to 200°F/95°C.
(* Reproduced with permission from 'The Quinoa [Keen-Wah] CookBook' by Maria del Mar Sacasa - Published by Harper Wave, July 2015- All rights reserved- Photography by Zach deSart)
Fishing for New Ideas, Pacific Saury with Tomato Sauce Recipe from Donabe, Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking (Ten Speed Press, October 2015)by Kyle Connoughton and Naoko Moore.
Pacific Saury with Tomato Sauce and Oven-Dried and Fresh Tomatoes
Serves 4 as part of a multi-course meal
The tomato sauce is the heart of this dish. It was inspired by work we did at The Fat Duck from a study Fat Duck chef and owner Heston Blumenthal had conducted with Reading University and Umami Information Center. This study compared the levels of glutamates (the proteins responsible for umami taste) in the outer flesh of the tomato against that of the center. It was discovered that the center of a tomato is much higher in these glutamates, and concentrating the tomato centers increases the umami taste even further. So for this recipe I cook the tomato centers down to create umami-rich sauce on a par with that of sauce based on those high-umami Japanese ingredients, miso, dashi, or soy sauce. The body shape and clay of a soup and stew donabe like the Miso-Shiru Nabe are perfect to concentrate these flavors and brown the sugars in the tomato along the edges to develop a deep, rich flavor. With this in mind, try cooking other tomato sauces for pasta dishes such as Bolognese and see the difference a donabe can make! The leftover flesh of the tomato in my recipe is oven-dried as another way to concentrate the glutamates.
I made this recipe in Iga in the kitchen of the Nagatani family using sanma (Pacific saury), but it will also work well with sardines or fresh mackerel. – Kyle
Equipment: 1 large (1.6-quart/1.6 L) soup and stew donabe
5 pounds (2.25 kg) ripe, red heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 to 8 ounces (180 to 240 g) komatsuna (mustard spinach), mustard greens, spinach, or mizuna leaves, separated
1⁄4 cup (60 ml) grapeseed or canola oil
16 to 18 ounces (450 to 500 g) Pacific saury, mackerel, or sardine fillets
4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180 g) small cherry and/or teardrop tomatoes (preferably a mix of colors)
Freshly grated yuzu zest, for garnish
Chrysanthemum petals or flowers from spicy greens, for garnish
To prepare the sauce: Core the tomatoes and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large ice bath with more ice than water. Blanch the tomatoes in the boiling water for 5 seconds and transfer to the ice bath to stop cooking. Once they have cooled, peel the skins from the tomatoes and discard. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers into the donabe. Divide the tomato halves into 2 pieces each and cut away the interior of the tomato from the outer flesh using a paring knife. Place the interior of the tomato in the donabe. Reserve the exterior of the tomatoes, that will now resemble petals. Place the donabe over medium heat and bring the tomato centers to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for about 1 hour, stirring regularly and scraping down the sides.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 275°F (135°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and lay the tomato petals, insides up, in a single layer on the sheet. Sprinkle with a little salt and lay one slice of garlic on each petal. Drizzle with the olive oil and place in the oven. Turn the tray every 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are dry but still jammy (tomatoes should bake for a total of about 45 minutes). Set aside to cool.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the greens briefly until just tender, 5 to 10 seconds. Drain in a colander and allow to cool at room temperature. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt.
Once the tomato sauce has cooked down to a sauce consistency and is beginning to concentrate, prepare the fish. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place the fish skin-side down in the pan and sprinkle with salt. Cook on the skin side only until crisped and just cooked through, about 1 minute. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Taste the sauce and season with salt if needed; gently fold in the cherry tomatoes, dried tomatoes, and greens (reserving some of each to place on top). Cut the fish into strips about 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Combine with the sauce and garnish the top with greens, dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, yuzu zest, and chrysanthemum petals.
Fishing for ideas with Tokyo Thursdays # 309, first of 2016
(*Reprinted with permission from Donabe, by Kyle Connoughton and Naoko Moore, copyright 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography copyright 2015 by Eric Wolfinger)
This chocolate pie with an ultra-thin crust is a French specialty that first became popular during the 1980s. The crust is a classic pâte brisée, and the thinner it is the better. The recipe calls for removing the lightly cooked crust from the pan before filling, but this is a very delicate operation and the pie will be just as delicious served from the pan.
For 6 servings
For the pâte brisée:
1 cup (200g) all purpose-flour
½ cup (100g) sweet butter, softened
2 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cold water
For the chocolate filling:
9 oz. (250g) bittersweet chocolate
⅔ cup (150g) light cream
½ vanilla bean
2 egg yolks
2 ½ tablespoons (30g) sweet butter, softened
To make the pâte brisée:
Sift the flour and the salt into a mixing bowl, making a well in the center. Place the cold water, the egg yolks, and the butter in small pieces, into the well and knead gently until the dough becomes workable. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and, using the palm of the hand, push the dough away from you to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Heat the oven to 390⁰F (200⁰C).
Unwrap the chilled dough and roll it out to a thickness of ⅛ inch (3mm) on a floured work surface. Place the dough into a buttered pie or tart pan and pat it well into place. Prick the bottom with a fork. Line the pan with foil or wax paper, fill with dry beans to weight it down, and bake until the crust starts to color, about 10 minutes. Remove the lining and the beans and bake for about 5 minutes more, or until the crust turns a light golden brown; the crust should be lightly cooked. Remove from the oven and let cool. Carefully remove the crust, which will be very fragile, from the pan and place it on a rack.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a large, heat-resistant mixing bowl.
Heat the cream with the vanilla bean, to split lengthwise. When the cream begins to boil, remove the vanilla bean and pour the cream over the chocolate. Stir well, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is well blended and smooth. Add the egg yolks and the softened butter and mix well.
Pour the still-warm filling into the lightly cooked pie crust and cool completely before serving.
More than a cookbook, 'The Book of Chocolate' covers everything from Cacao Plantations to History of Chocolate and Great Names of Chocolate and concludes with The Taste of Chocolate chapter where this recipe can be found.
Any chocolate lover will want The Book of Chocolate on their coffee table...and it retails around $18...
(* Reproduced with permission from The Book of Chocolate' Flammarion, 2004...Revised and updated edition - October 2015...Originally published in France as 'Le Livre du Chocolat' in 1995)