So in dallas we picked this up:
Dude Sweet Chocolate
Its yummy with figs, dates and almonds. And it looks like salami!
Ha! So kimchi kraut made me want real kraut and sausages somi hit Continental german deli at lunch.
So i bought some kimchi saurkraut (which is yummy by the way….its saurkraut with kimchi seasonings), and had no idea what to do with it. My reference is saurkraut wih potatoes and sausage.
So thats what i did. White rice, potatoes in tamari and shrimp sausage. I basically used a shrimp burger recipe and shaped it as sausages, rolled in foil, froze to firm up and baked them.
I am constantly taking pictures of food that i see and i have fallen so far behind in sharing lately. Im going to try and do a catch up of the last couple weeks of things that I thought were fun enough to share. Passionflowers are blooming, figs and squash are in season. We are like a week or two away from the Southern California summer cornucopia of ridiculous bounty.
My neighbor at the community garden has a full on passionflower wall growing. I have never had the fruit. I was planning to trellis one in my backyard this year but a young plant wont survive our july vaca so after we return.
The van nuys german deli is sooo close to my house:
Head cheese anyone?
If you zoom in, you will notice flavors of soy sauce in this chinese whisky
I thoroughly enjoy stroopwafel and if you have had an am flight on United, you have been gifted with a stroopwafel…not sure of the cocktail i would make with this
Last weekend was a roadtrip to the BH branch of Laduree to get the much coveted Barbie box
And of course view the special promo display dolls
Its fig season! I have some in the fridge waiting to be covered with cheese and balsamic
Its still peach season
Jim is scoping out his fav variety of strawberry
Look close…bok choi and cress flowers
The aquash in unstoppable now.
Holy crap? My plan was to blog my whole dinner which was yummy but last we we hit the palm springs street fair and i bought the shit!
I previously bought cranberry walnut balsamic from the Farmers Daughter from hemet at the palm springs street fair….that rocked
But the cherry is ridiculous….and wordpress just put the pics in reverse order…..and im to tired to change it
We are blessed to have a year round growing season, and we are on the verge of the moment where the most of those riches shine! Saturday at the santa monica third street promenade farmers market, the following are a prelude to the full summer bounty:
My fav farmers market cheese for years…i got the mozzarella and asiago…dont for one minute think its traditional mozza or asiago…they surely have their own style . Spring hill jersey cheese from nocal.
Baby red leaf heads
The very first of the tomatoes
Its still cherry and peach season
Jim Taylor waits for these puppies all year…high price, small fruit, big taste
So tonight the figs will be sharing a plate with goat cheese and a Bordeaux cherry balsamic ibought in palm springs
While searching on Yelp for someplace for dinner, i came across Farm. It looked like a great french inspired breakfast brunch place that just started dinner service on fridays and saturdays with a prix frixe menu. In fact, the website has the owner’s words saying she wants visitors to share the experience of being in the South of France.
Our reservations were at 8 last night on what became a rainy cold palm springs night…i got a confirmation call ensuring that i knew that the night would be cold and they were booked up inside and that i would be dining on the patio.
I wish I would have taken more pics…there is great attention to detail in the patio with french music, colors, flowers, the furniture…it was quite lovely. We even had Laguiole knives at our place settings, as well as another with my entree.
We started with drinks- the Penicillin and theFrench Monk–i had two of those! And jim had the Julia Cornell as round two.
While these cocktails were great, i think there is a huge opportunity for an aperitif menu including a Aperol spritz, Campari spritz, Kir, Kir Royale, even some house made aperitifs like the prosecco and blue curacao we had in Paris….
I knew going into it that there would be a prix fixe for the night…and just like in France, we were greeted with a chalkboard with the night’s choices
We received bread with viengar and olive oil after ordering
The amuse was a lovely round of asparagus balasamic with feta
Up next were the salads
The salads were both
wonderful…the beet was more of a carpaccio and I loved the tarragon in the sauce with my tomatoes.
Intermission was a palate cleansing lemon sorbet
Both dishes were excellent…the beef was flavorful and fall apart tender with a fork and yummy!
Finally, dessertThe crepe was perfect…it had these citrus “caviar” flavor bombs (a la molecular gastronomy style) and Jim said that might have been the best vanilla ice cream he has ever had.
Everything we ate was spot on great and the service was impeccable. My two comments are:
The menu was not what i expected…i was so excited by a southern France experience that I wasnt looking for a curry dish or a teryaki chicken dish…the food and drinks have so much potential to match the space and the atmosphere…i expected pissaladiera, socca, polenta, lapin…
And, if there are only three tables in the patio…really, if you identify yourself as the owner and ask about the experience of one table, it’s glaringly obvious when you dont ask the other two tables.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our food and cocktails…its just wasnt the french experience we expected.
I wanted to grill. I was thinking how we grill kimchi at korean bbq….somehow i didnt get grilled kimchi but i got kimchi, grilled soy things, grilled rice cakes…
The rice cake marinated a bit in kimchi
Soy ginger dressing on the eggplant
Bok choi with hot oil
Farmers Market today was rife with new surprises.