Equilibrium-Brined Pork Belly

Brining has been in the culinary home cook’s lexicon for the better part of maybe 15 years now. I first heard about it in a beloved episode of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” where he brines the Thanksgiving turkey. It sounded so damn cool and science-y. It is a powerful trick that anyone can do andContinue reading “Equilibrium-Brined Pork Belly”

Oven-Roasted Cod, White Bean Relish and Cabbage

Cod is a bit tricky to cook unless one wants to batter it and deep fry it. We love the mild flavor and large tender flakes of a well cooked piece of cod. Cod has very little connective tissue and large meat “flakes”. So it tends to fall apart if you handle it too muchContinue reading “Oven-Roasted Cod, White Bean Relish and Cabbage”

Manresa: Assorted Potatoes, Curds and Whey, Norinade

The Manresa cookbook from the three- star restaurant of the same name in California is a beautiful, inspiring and thoughtfully written book. I read it cover to cover and frequently flip through it to read various parts every so often. Chef David Kinch got my attention when he was featured on a season of TheContinue reading “Manresa: Assorted Potatoes, Curds and Whey, Norinade”

Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip

Having grown up eating chickpeas (hummus in Arabic) mashed with garlic, lemon juice and the all-important sesame paste (Tahini or Tahina) on a regular basis it was really interesting seeing how this dip took off in the last 10 years or so. It’s everywhere now, on every other restaurant/pub/diner/health food restaurant’s menu. This is bothContinue reading “Hummus bil Tahini – Creamy Chickpea, Lemon and Sesame Paste Dip”

Citrus-Cured Salmon, Parsley-Chive Coulis

Seafood gently poached in fat is a great way to cook. Lobster poached in butter and tuna in olive oil are both such examples. The fat slowly cooks the meat and is kept at a relatively low temperature, about 44 C to 52 C (110 to 125 F) depending how you like it cooked, leavingContinue reading “Citrus-Cured Salmon, Parsley-Chive Coulis”

Brunch Gazpacho

Two “Spanish” dishes in a row? well, actually my favorite go-to gazpacho recipe is not from a Spanish book. It’s from David Leite’s lovely The New Portuguese table cookbook. So, let’s say this is Portuguese. As a blueprint it is very much like a typical Spanish gazpacho; tomato based with supporting summer vegetables, herbs and plentyContinue reading “Brunch Gazpacho”

Paella with Halibut, Shrimp and Chorizo

All kinds of delicious stuff happens we you have awesome seafood stock in the freezer. I’ve been cooking sous vide for years. In the early days I’d find any reason to use my immersion circulator to cook anything. It was new to me and very cool. Now, I still use it a lot (and itContinue reading “Paella with Halibut, Shrimp and Chorizo”

Pierre Herme’s Awesome Rich Chocolate Cake

Pierre Hermè makes desserts with flavors that really pop. If it is a fruit dessert then it sure tastes like that fruit. If it’s a rose litchi macaron then it is the essence of the flower and the tropical fruit.  His book on chocolate desserts with Dorie Greenspan is a classic and I’ve been cookingContinue reading “Pierre Herme’s Awesome Rich Chocolate Cake”