Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Inspiration - roast and sides

potatos are missing from this scene, but I did make some mashed potatoes to go with the roast leg of lamb. Apart from the zucchini, all of these ingredients are quite western.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

inspiration: fruit

I have always believed in the social power of food. Food brings people together, whether we are talking at the level of communities or to go along with the mingling of friends. I was with family the other day, having various discussions until pretty late at night, over trays of fruit. Various forms, all ready to eat. And what wrong can come from overeating of fruit? perhaps over the long run, some harm will come out of excess of anything, but we are typically deprived of fresh produce in our industrialized lives. Here was a chance for a collective packing of minerals and vitamins, along with some green tea and arabic coffee. A ritual that is one I am quite proud of, one that I truly enjoy. Cornucopia symbolizes the bountiful, the plentiful; this came pretty close.

inspiration: thai produce

This is usually how I start preparing for a meal. Go to the market, get what's fresh then just lay everything on the table and start grouping. I may have some ideas, some things that needed long prep times, but most of the dishes emerge as they're being put together. Here we have kale, bok choi, lemongrass, galangal, kafir limes, baby eggplants, oyster mushrooms, jelly fungus, mange-touts and kafir lime leaves (ascending order). Made a curry and some side dishes.