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Last weekend I catered my good friends’ wedding and had a lovely time.
pimientos de padron with smoked salt
crispy battered artichokes with fennel pollen
fava bean toasts with Andante etude
crostini with Bellweather sheep ricotta, Patterson apricot, and nasturtium
Sungold tomato and fromage blanc tartlets
little gem and Little City Gardens salad with radish and chervil
farro salad with cilantro, parsley, arugala, fennel, pine nuts, sesame seeds, preserved lemon, coriander and cumin
yellow indian woman beans with English peas, summer squash, pickled shallots, roasted peppers, and basil
sauteed greens with spring onions, spring garlic, and ginger
roasted baby carrots, tokyo turnips, and new potatoes with chiles, sage and marjoram
morel mushroom galettes with thyme, ramps, nettles, parmesan-reggiano
Andrea and I drove through the rain Friday afternoon to arrive in Kelseyville (Lake County) just after sundown. Our friend Sean Mooney recently started a farm there with his family called Full Moon Farm. Sean cooked up some Red Russian kale he grew with some quinoa. I broke out some wine and cheese. Andrea pan fried up some fish she brought with. We traded some massages and went to bed early.
it was a beautiful sunny morning on the farm
Sean picked the kale, golden turnips, and mizuna we were gonna use for the dinner that night. We already picked up a bunch of great donated vegetables from Catalan Farm, Dirty Girl Produce, Riverdog Farm, Rancho Gordo beans, and apples from Bernie.
Sean’s hat is worn ironically.
Andrea likes eating bok choy flowers.
We brought everything over to Ancient Lake Gardens to prepare the feast. My plan was to improvise some Indian vegetarian food. In the beans went fennel, coriander, and chiles. In the rice went coconut milk, turmeric, ajwain, clove, star anise, and cinammon. In the roasted vegetables went jeera, kalonji, and black cardamom. In the greens went leeks, ginger, green garlic, curry leaf, fenugreek, and amchur. In the beet salad went tamarind, mustard seeds and oil, cilantro, mint, and lime. We garnished the one plate meal with Sean’s mizuna and some pappadum. We had a yummy Indian yogurt pudding with shortcrust and assorted preserves.
New Directions in Indian Classical Music. They played a beautiful set. I DJed a little dance party afterwards, then we all fell asleep in the barn.
All proceeds went to medical supplies and natural building operations in Haiti.
meandering about the farm with David Tanis was fun
varun here is Alice Waters’ trusty assistant
siew-chinn , awesome pastry chef
Gravel: food scholar, bean artist, man on the scene
nice to unexpectedly run into Dustin and Bianca out here in Sonoma
article about me in Common Ground
I’m featured in this East Bay Monthly article about alternative dining
My 9/1 Slow Dinner at Serpentine featured on Shuna’s Eggbeater blog
A benefit I planned for In Search of Good Food, a movie about the California Food System at Million Fishes Art Collective, as featured on Tablehopper, menu included
A presentation I made at Maker Faire 2008, called Seasonal Menus And Secret Dinners
Bay Guardian Press about Noise In My Kitchen