Saturday, June 14, 2014

Those cute little houses

The first time I saw a Schrebergartenkolonie, I thought it must be the equivalent to an American trailer park and those cute little houses, mobile homes.  I thought to myself, "Everything is quaint Europe".  Granted, this was back in 1997 and I soon found out that those garden colonies were not at all similar to trailer parks, rather, plots of land, often within the city limits, that people own to connect with nature (roughly speaking). I thought to myself,  "That's a very good idea".

I've had the pleasure to visit a few of these gardens over the years and last weekend I was invited to my friend's for a bbq.  We all brought a little something to share, as is often the case, and the rest is history.  Good times within the city limits.

Find my tasty potato salad recipe that I shared down below.

Schrabergarten Potato Salad

Serves 4-6

5kg Potatoes
2 cups of mayo
1 head garlic, chopped
handful chopped parsley
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
sea salt
cracked pepper

Preheat oven at 220°.  Wash potatoes, leave skin on and cut into 1 inch cubes.  Spread evenly on a rimmed cookie sheet, drizzle liberally with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and roast until cooked thru.

Once potatoes are cool, mix with the rest of the ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.  AND feel free to increase or decrease the amount garlic but remember, it's the garlic that make is dish what it is.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Don't call it a comeback

Dear friends, as a blogger I have been MIA.

This poor thing has been neglected for far too long. I will skip the boring details of why and just jump in:

I still love cooking.  I still love images. I still love a few good words.

So, without further ado, let me begin with a spontaneous little photo shoot we had with Laura Deschner not too long ago. Laura, a local photographer and friend, was over having coffee one day and I told her about how I'd like to see food photography to go into a new direction. I'm just tired of the same old same old and though there are some new ideas floating around out there, most of it is just… meh.

The next chance she had, Laura came over with her bags of equipment, set up a full-on studio and did her magic.  Lucky for us, we were preparing for Veggie Freak Out, a night devoted to our vegetarian and vegan clients and we all know how photogenic a vegetable can be.  I'm being serious. Then, as if things couldn't get any better, she took the camera into the dining room and caught the freak out in action.

Za'atar Baked Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Grapes, Honey & Cracked Pepper
Minty Fattoush Salad
Edamame Guacamole with home fried corn chips

Quinoa Burger with Sriracha Mayo