Food & Recipes

Three New Takes on Ceviche

2015.Mar.30 Monday
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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with new versions of ceviche, and have a trio of presentations that we were quite happy with at the various dinners. First up, a simple whitefish ceviche – lenguado and mero – or sole and grouper – cured for roughly 30 minutes in our “basic […]

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On the Lamb

2015.Mar.26 Thursday
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In rapid succession eleven days ago, we fired off our ingredient choices – ginger from Jennifer, lamb from Kevin, blue cheese from me. Yes, Kevin picked lamb before, but that was a year ago, let’s see what we can do with it this time around. Jennifer doesn’t like blue cheese she informs us. Embrace the […]

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“B” is for Berenjena

2015.Mar.19 Thursday
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I had so much fun with the new vegetable cookery class last week, that I started thinking, maybe I should work my way through all the vegetables available here, and stay on the “A”s – but, I’d already put the progression through the alphabet out there, I can always go back later and play with […]

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Plate o’Squidlets & Egg

2015.Mar.17 Tuesday
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Isn’t that purty? The new plate of the week, and a pretty much wow hit all around. Chipirones, baby squid, cleaned and quickly sauteed in smoked paprika oil and finished with just a touch of sea salt. Accompanied by a sous vide (66°) egg. The sauce underneath, slow cooked onions, garlic, chili, and the squidlet […]

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“A” is for Acelga

2015.Mar.11 Wednesday
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Acelga is the Spanish name for Chard. Chard, in turn, goes by a variety of names, Swiss chard, silverbeet, perpetual spinach, spinach beet, crab beet, bright lights, seakale beet, and mangold – and in South Africa it’s generally just called spinach, despite being a different vegetable entirely. Chard is a member of the beet family, […]

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Main-Lining

2015.Mar.09 Monday
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A trio of main courses, the principales, from the last week or so of dinners, with public and private events crossing our threshold. Let’s begin at the fish. As you might have noticed over the last month or so, I’ve been on a little bit of a kimchi kick. Having tried a few different versions, […]

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Cookery from the Isle of the Seven Cities

2015.Mar.05 Thursday
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We managed to pull it off. It was the most uncoordinated and contentious effort so far in our online cooking challenge series. Days before the event Jenn fired off that she’d already picked her ingredient, the humble avocado. Rather than doing a more or less simultaneous reveal of food stuffs, Kevin and I now found […]

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Back to Work!

2015.Feb.24 Tuesday
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Back last Wednesday and back to work on Thursday with a trio of dinners into the weekend. Just a quick round-up…. Fresh calamari and prawn salad, cherry tomatoes, celery, dressed with lemon, miso, celery leaf, rice vinegar, mirin, salt and white pepper; served over a pureed medium spicy rocoto sauce and garnished with cilantro. A […]

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Last Glimpses of San José

2015.Feb.19 Thursday
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I’ve had this slowly growing realization over the last few years that I really don’t like to go on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, I love to see and do new things, I love to meet new people. It’s the “vacating” part of vacation that I’m not enamored with – when […]

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