Posts from November 2014

Balance Tangy Cazon en Adobo Fish Recipe from 'Sherry' with Glass of Fino or Manzanilla

After Post NY Marathon Oloroso Cocktail inspired by Pigalle, here's a tangy fish recipe from Sherry A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October 14-2014) by Talia Baiocchi...

Cazón en Adobo

Adobo and escabeche are the two most common types of acidic marinades used in Spanish cooking, and their use in preserving seafood dates back to antiquity. In Andalusia, adobo shows up most famously in this dish: cazón, or dogfish, is cubed and marinated in a mixture of olive oil, sherry vinegar, garlic, and spices. It’s then dredged in flour, quickly fried, and served hot with a squeeze of lemon and a (mandatory, in my book) glass of fino or manzanilla to balance out the tangy, decadent fish. • • •

Serves 6

1. pounds swordfish or monkfish fillet, skin removed
Olive oil
1⁄3 cup sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
. teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
. teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
2 bay leaves
. teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄3 teaspoon salt

Garnish: smoked paprika, chopped parsley, lemon wedges

Cazón en adobo

Cut the swordfish into 1-inch cubes and place in a nonreactive bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of the oil and the vinegar, water, garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, bay, pepper, and salt. Pour this mixture over the fish, turning to coat each piece. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to cook, drain the fish well and blot the pieces to remove excess marinade. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and set aside.

In a 12-inch pan over medium-high heat, heat . inch of oil until shimmering but not quite smoking.

Dredge the fish pieces in the flour, shaking off any excess, and fry in batches, turning to brown each side, until crisp and golden, about 1 minute per side. As the pieces finish cooking, remove them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Transfer to a bowl or small platter, dust with a little paprika and sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.

(* Reprinted with permission from Sherry, by Talia Baiocchi, copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House LLC. Photography copyright © 2014 by Ed Anderson)

30 Minutes Cake Recipe For Special Occasion You Just Remembered, Pan Cake from 'Twelve Recipes'

Just when you need it, here's a 30 minute cake recipe by Cal Peternell, a chef of Chez Panisse in Twelve Recipes (William Morrow, October 2014)...

...For that special occasion you just remembered as you walked through the door.


Maybe you forgot his or her birthday, or maybe you didn’t forget, maybe you never even knew, but jeez, it’s today, really? This cake won’t work for a kid’s birthday—that calls for more . . . of everything—but if you just got home, dinner isn’t even made, and it turns out it is someone special’s day, you just have to bust out a cake, and this one is all from the pantry and requires minimal gear and cleanup. Send him out for a pint of ice cream or suggest she use the shower first—this cake can be in the oven before your celebrant gets back. Thirty minutes later and it’s out and cooling on the counter. Fair warning: this cake is like that guy who never moves out of his parents’ house—born there, no matter how ready it seems, it falls to pieces when you try to get it out. Cut into wedges and lever them out individually, then cover your tracks with vanilla ice cream or plain or chocolate whipped cream (page 267).

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1⁄8 cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil

Dinner 12 Recipes

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

Put the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and ground coffee beans (if using) in an ungreased 8-or 9-inch round cake pan and stir with a whisk. Make a crater, pour in the remaining ingredients and 1 cup water, and whisk until all the corners are gotten and the batter is smooth.
Put in the oven and start checking for doneness in 20 minutes (see page 252); the cake should be done at around 30 minutes.

Vanilla ice cream really helps pan cake, and so does chocolate whipped cream frosting. Start with 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips, and 1 pint whipping cream. Put all the chocolate and about 1/2 cup of the cream in a medium mixing bowl and heat over simmering water until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the rest of the cream and 1 or 2 teaspoons sugar. Refrigerate until well chilled and then whip until thick and smooth. Be sure the cake is completely cooled before spreading on. If it’s a warm day and you’re not eating the cake right away, refrigerate it or the chocolate cream will melt right off.

(* Recipe excerpted from  Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell -William Morrow, October 2014) 

Secret Hideouts For Grown-Ups, A Japanese Book Exploration, Yuki Kageyama

When hideouts for grown-ups are mentioned, what comes to mind first is crime witness, spies and victims of violence to name a few.

With 'Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups' (DU Books), Yuki Kageyama looks at these hideouts through a different lense.

Secret hideouts

Here's how the book came to be according to this excerpt from Yuki Kageyama's interview with PingMag (April 18, 2014)

"I started to think that the concept of a “secret hideout” was interesting when I used to work for a publishing company and was involved in putting together a book on how outdoor festivals are made. I thought it was interesting to create a book explaining the know-how of a socially undefined job or way of living. I also edited a book by Takahiro Nogata about how to build a secret hideout and so then I had the idea of making my own book about secret hideouts for grown-ups. And yes, the 2011 northeast Japan disaster was a big turning point for secret hideouts. Due to the kind of times we are living in surely more and more people are now creating their own spaces where they can be satisfied."

Illustrations for the book are by Yoshifumi Takeda...

Grown-ups playing games for Tokyo Thursdays # 298

Previously: Shoeboxes beat Container Store, Decluttering Japanese Way by Marie Kondo

Grated Horseradish and Ikura Topping, Boquerones Toasts from 'A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus!'

After La Cale style Mussels in Cider from  A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by Renee Erickson, here's what could become your top hit for 2014 holiday parties.

Boquerones Toasts

Butter, fresh horseradish, ikura

Prep Time: 15 Minutes // Total Time: 15 Minutes, plus time to make toasts // Makes 24 

While most American or Italian flat-packed anchovies are simply cooked and packed in oil, boquerones, Spanish white anchovies, are usually vinegar-pickled before their olive oil bath. They have a mild, tangy flavor and a fluffier texture than regular anchovies. Laid out on a bed of butter and topped with freshly grated horseradish and a pile of ikura, or salmon roe, they make an excel- lent appetizer that requires very little actual preparation. These are the creation of Eli Dahlin, the original chef at The Walrus and the Carpenter, and appear often on the menu there. 

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold

2 dozen Baguette Toasts (see below)

24 deboned, filleted oil-packed boquerones (from a 7-ounce package), drained

1/3 cup freshly grated horseradish, from a 4-inch piece

3 tablespoons ikura (salmon roe) 


Just before serving, use a cheese grater or vegetable peeler (or a sharp knife) to shave the butter into 1⁄8-inch-thick slices. Cover each piece of toast with butter shavings (they will look like cheese slices), then top each with 1 fish (2 joined fillets), a big pinch (about ½ teaspoon) of the horseradish, and a tiny pile (a heaping ¼ teaspoon) of ikura. Serve immediately. 

Baguette Toasts 

Prep Time: 10 Minutes // Total Time: 30 Minutes // Makes about 3 dozen 

Sliced and drizzled with olive oil, then baked, simple baguette toasts are a staple in my kitchens. 

1 baguette (about 3⁄4 pound)

1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon or Jacobsen. for finishing 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Using a large serrated knife, cut the bread diagonally into ½-inch slices. Arrange the slices on 2 large baking sheets, brush with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt to taste, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the toasts are blonde and crisp, rotating the pans once or twice during baking. (Toward the end of baking, if the toasts aren’t cooking at the same rate, remove the browned ones so you can let the others continue baking.) 

Serve immediately, or let cool on a cooling rack and serve within a few hours.

(* Recipe reproduced with permission from A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories -Sasquatch Books, September 2014-  by Renee Erickson with Jess Thompson- Photographs by Jim Henkens)

200 Bordeaux You Can Afford, Bordeaux Under One Roof Tasting, NYC, Nov 13, LA, Nov 18

Get a chance to taste 200 Bordeaux you can afford (or at least some of them) with Bordeaux Under One Roof evening session for consumers this November.

First stop, New York City on November 13 at Industria Superstudios from 7 to 10 pm.

Second stop in Los Angeles on November 18 at W Hollywood Hotel Loft & Wet Penthouse from 7 to 10 pm.


Proceeds from LA Tickets ($50 per person) benefit California Art Club

Proceeds from NYC Tickets ($50 per person) benefit City Harvest.


Have a taste for me as I will be hard at work while Trade-Press session is under way.

Easy No Bake Holiday Dessert Recipe, Ginger Lychee Trifle from 'Caribbean Potluck'

To Trinidadian Chicken and Rice and Creole Spiced Slaw with Sweet and Spicy Jerked Cashews from Caribbean Potluck (Kyle Books, May 2014) by Two Sisters and a Meal Suzanne Rousseau and Michelle Rousseau add this easy no bake holiday dessert.

Easy No-Bake Ginger Lychee Trifle

Trifle is a common dessert in the Caribbean during the holiday season, and is admittedly very British in origin. Because of our colonial past, many of our food influences came from the socalled mother land, and the tradition of Christmas trifle is one of them. This easy version, which uses a store-bought rum cake as its base, was inspired by an incredible trifle we ate one night at the Guilt Trip Restaurant in Kingston, and the supreme talent of its chef/owner and fellow foodie, Colin Hylton.
Colin’s innovative use of local fruits and ingredients in his dessert creations are nothing short of extraordinary. His culinary creations, both sweet and savory, define modern Caribbean cuisine at its most glorious.

Serves 12

2 teaspoons Bird’s custard powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 envelope powdered ginger tea
2 teaspoons peeled and grated ginger
1 small store-bought rum cake (or 1 pound cake, drizzled with rum), split horizontally into 3 layers
1⁄4 cup ortanique or orange juice
1⁄4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 ortaniques or Valencia oranges, in segments
1 (14-ounce) can lychees, sliced (liquid reserved)

For the Drunken Whipped Cream

1⁄2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon rum

Ginger Trifle


1 Place the custard powder in a small bowl. Warm the coconut milk, heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar melts. Pour the hot cream mixture over the custard powder and whisk until the custard begins to thicken. Add the powdered ginger tea and grated ginger and whisk to combine. Set aside to cool.

2 To make the drunken whipped cream, in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the cream, sugar and rum until stiff peaks form.

3 To assemble the trifle, place a layer of rum cake at the bottom of a glass bowl, top generously with one-third of the ginger custard, drizzle with ortanique juice and sprinkle with almonds. Add one-third of the ortanique segments and lychees, top with another layer of rum cake, pour over another third of the ginger custard and 1⁄4 cup lychee juice and top with almonds, lychees and oranges. Add the final layer of cake, followed by the remaining third of the custard and juice and topped with the rest of the fruit. Top with the drunken whipped cream and a sprinkle of almonds.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Ingredient note:

Powdered ginger tea, which is already sweetened, can be purchased at a Caribbean grocer or online

(* Recipe excerpted from Caribbean Potluck by Suzanne Rousseau and Michelle Rousseau -Kyle Books, May 2014- Photography by Ellen Silverman- all rights reserved)

Master Spice Blender, Film Maker, Jewish Cookbooks Doyenne for Let's Talk Israeli Cuisine, NY, November 18

Master Spice Blender Lior Lev Sercarz, Film Maker Roger Sherman, Jewish Cookbooks Doyenne Joan Nathan and Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav restaurant in Phildelphia share stage for Let's Talk Israeli Cuisine at Skirball Center in New York on November 18.


It will not be all talk. 

You will also be able to sample dishes from Joan, Lior and Michael.

Roger will be moderating conversation and showing clips from his upcoming film, The Search for Israeli Cuisine...

Event starts at 6:30 PM

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased HERE