Posts from May 2014

Scent of Green Papaya Salad from Thailand : The Cookbook by Jean-Pierre Gabriel

Add color and new flavors to your daily menu with Thailand: The Cookbook (Phaidon Press, May 2014) by Jean-Pierre Gabriel, photographer and food writer.

On author and project:

"Jean-Pierre Gabriel has spent over three years visiting every region of Thailand to collate and photograph this unique collection of recipes from authentic Thai cooks. During his travels Jean-Pierre has visited Thai homes, markets and restaurants to sample delicacies that vary from simple street food to elaborate palace cuisine and bring them together in this unique volume." 

The book offers "500 recipes ranging from simple snacks and drinks to curries, stir-fries, and elaborate desserts". Thailand: The Cookbook also includes essays on history of Thai Food and regional differences.

Here's a first taste:

Green Papaya Salad

Adapted from THAILAND: THE COOKBOOK by Jean-Pierre Gabriel

Origin: Northeast

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2


 3 bird’s eye chiles
 5 cloves garlic
 1 yard-long bean, cut into 1½ - inch/4 - cm lengths
 2 tomatoes, cut into small pieces
 1 tablespoon jaggery, palm sugar, or soft light brown sugar
 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts
 1 tablespoon dried shrimp
 1 tablespoon lime juice
 2 limes, cut into wedges
 1 tablespoon fish sauce
 ⅔ cup (4 oz./120 g) julienned green papaya
 Grilled Chicken (see p. 276)

Green papaya salad


Pound the chiles and garlic together in a mortar with a pestle, then add the beans and lightly crush. Add the tomato, sugar, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp, lime juice, lime wedges, and fish sauce to the mortar and gently mix together unto the sugar has dissolves. Add the papaya and mix together. Serve either on its own or with grilled chicken.

While many articles describe Jean-Pierre Gabriel as a French author he seems to hail from Belgium and have studied agronomy before a career in food writing and photography.

(* Recipe reproduced with permission from Thailand: the Cookbook by Jean-Pierre Gabriel- published by Phaidon Press, May 2014)

Marie Brigitte Poli Holds Grande Cuvee Clos Teddi White Vermentinu and Red Niellucciu

10 producers were featured at Wines of Corsica tasting in New York this past Wednesday (April 30, 2014).

Among them Clos Teddi (AOC Patrimonio) founded by Joseph Poli in 1970. His daughter Marie-Brigitte took over the helm in 1997 first in sales then she put her imprint on winemaking itself with Vintage 1999.


After sampling some of Marie-Brigitte Poli's creations, I captured her holding Grande Cuvee White (100% Vermentinu), rich, floral and aromatic (the one with wet label) and hearty Grande Cuvee Red (100% Niellucciu) which she says calls for marinated grilled game.

(* Clos Teddi website linked in this piece seems in French only)

900 Dollars RT August 2014 Flights from Newark to Brussels on KLM

I thought days of flying to Europe from East Coast to Wurope in the summer for under $1000 were over until i noticed that at this time (May 3, 2014), one can find flights for around $900 from Newark to Brussels on KLM (some flights operated by Delta).

These flights require a stop in Amsterdam or Atlanta on way to Europe or back.


For example, for $879 RT, flight leaving Newark on August 13 at 6:05 PM (with change in Amsterdam) gets you in Brussels on August 14 at 9:55 with return flight on August 28 leaving Brussels at 11:05 AM (with change in Atlanta) gets you back in Newark at 6:50 pm...

From Brussels you can then hop on a train to London, Amsterdam, Paris and any number of cities and be there in no time.

Brussels on its own has plenty to offer including 14-18, a commemoration of the 1st World War.

(* Photo from Visit Brussels Facebook Page)