As spring moves into summer, it’s hard to believe some of the abundant produce of the season is already on the way out of the market. While you can still get your hands on them, pick up some favas, artichokes, spring onions, and green garlic. Together in this Mediterranean Artichoke and Fava Stew they flaunt the very best of spring to create a healthful stew that needs little embellishment. I really believe that when you cook with produce that is at the height of its season, much of your work is done for you as the veggies already taste amazing. Crusty bread and a bowl of this stew…that’s my kind of dinner.
Sometimes you have those nights when you have to raid the pantry for dinner. No matter how well you’ve prepared yourself there is just nothing in the fridge. We’ve all been there. In today’s Chicago Tribune they provide a bit of pantry inspiration with this Late Night Spaghetti. To call it a recipe is a bit of a stretch but sometimes it takes looking at a “recipe” like this to get your own mind working with what you have in your kitchen. Pasta is a great foil for all the bits of cheese and those briny condiments you have around. This one uses some grated Parm, a bit of tapendade, and crumbled Gogonzola. What can you create with what you have at home?
This time of year begins my seasonal ailment-produce overload. I go to the market, buy fruit and veggies that all look incredible, bring them home and cook like crazy for a day or two, then find myself with a fridge full of produce I need to use asap. Russ Parsons, of the LA Times, writes about Breaking the Vegetable Rut via two new books. The first is “A Year in my Kitchen” by Skye Gyngell and the second is “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi. Both London based, they have very different styles: Gyngell being clean and simple and Ottolenghi taking global flavors to create much bolder dishes. I loved the sounds of the Green Pancakes with Lime Butter and the Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad, punched up with yogurt and tons of cilantro (both from “Plenty”).
If you’re in the Bay Area and want to taste Ottolenghi’s food live and in person, head on over to my all time favorite bookstore, Omnivore, and see if you can get tickets to his dinner at Camino, in Oakland (he’s hosting two at Contigo as well but both are already sold out). They are also hosting a book signing from 6-6:45 on 7/12 at the store-it’s free and you should not miss it!
Happy Reading and Happy Cooking!