Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chevre Tart with Caramel and Orange

This is an experimental sweet tart. I was using a combo of ingredients we have around the bakery: almonds, candied orange, chevre, pastry dough, cardamom...It did not bake up quite as I expected but the orange/chevre custard was very interesting and the caramel layer in the base stayed put and tasted very fine. This was a useful experiment.

The Bewitching and Exotic Davidia Involucrata

This tree has a glamorous botanical history* that matches its exotic blossoms. I have a tree growing outback in a whiskey barrel. Every year (10 years) I wonder if I'll ever get a bloom. Yahoo, this year I have 2 flowers on a containerized non-cultivar Davidia. Thrilling!

*The genus Davidia is named after Father Armand David (1826–1900), ("Père David"), a French Vincentian missionary and keen naturalist who lived in China, and who is also commemorated in the Chinese White Pine Pinus armandii and Père David's Deer. He was also the first westerner to describe another rare Chinese endemic, the Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Although it was David who first described the tree in 1905, a single tree found at over 2,000 metres altitude, his specimens were lost in a boat wreck on the Han River rapids. Scottish plant hunter Augustine Henry again found a single tree, this time in the Yangtse Ichang gorges and sent the first specimen to Kew Gardens. Plant collector Ernest Henry Wilson was employed by Sir Harry Veitch to find Henry's tree but arrived to find that it had been felled for building purposes; however he later found a grove of the trees overhanging a sheer drop. Wilson too had his boat wrecked but managed to save his Davidia specimens.[3]<----Straight from wiki

Monday, April 25, 2011

Salmon Sandwiches & Claytonia Salad Thanks Bobbie

Bobbie, my neighbor who is an accomplished gardener, stopped by with a bowl of these delicious greens called claytonia. I gave them a shot of EVOO, lemon juice, Fleur de Sel and good black pepper and we had it with lil salmon sandwiches. Delightful! Who knew? 

This link tells  a little more about the green. 

Lobster and Sorrel Tart & Canele for Easter

The last lobster tart was made using just the claws and knuckles of a 4 pounder. The rest of the lobster has been in deep storage in my freezer. I resurrected it for Easter dinner. I used a 13 inch tart pan. Rolling dough to get this tin properly filled was a challenge. The tart used sorrel and spinach from Weaver's Way along with parsnips and carrots from Chestnut Hill Farmers Market. I used Linden Dale Chevre and 365 cream (Kreider was closed). I didn't think it was so great but folks enjoyed it.

Sunday was a great morning for canele. This batch of beauties tasted as good as they looked.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Linden Dale Delancay

We shared this ashen Delancay from Linden Dale at Rittenhouse Farmers Market. The membranous rind on this is almost like a bat wing (not the wet suit variety). The dusting is a little gritty with an ashy flavor! I thought this was as fantastic as the plain Delancay.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Asparagus and Morel Tart with Breakaway Bacon and Linden Dale Chevre

This is tomorrow's tart. The potato tart was real good but I can't pass on local (NJ) asparagus and morels. The asparagus from Fair Food Farmstand, morels from Iovine. Same crust with Daisy Organic Flour and leaf lard from D'Angelo's.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Positively 9th St. Veal Parm

Capuccio veal topped with DiBruno Bros scamorza, side o' Talluto's papadelle. This was a really tasty Italian American plate..

A slice of scamorza brolied for a minute and sprinkled with sea salt is dang tasty too.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Doe Run Dairy @ FairFood

The packaging, like something from Anfauxpologie, says "Precious gets even more adorable", but the price, thats $54 per pound, says something different. I was astonished to find Chester County cheese in the nearly stratospheric range but....then I wondered if this explains it.

I did have a sample and I found it very tasty. I'm not qualified to make a judgment on the value here. Maybe Madame Fromage will soon weigh in on this offering.

Big, Fat & Juicy Bass

Sometimes Striped Bass is just unbelievably delicious. I have caught monster size (~40#) fish and had them grilling away over hardwood coal just hours after taking them from the ocean. Really big bass have bigger, meatier flakes that translate into a toothsome-ly satisfying texture that does not come across with smaller stripers.

The bass in this dish came from Whole Foods on South St. This was an amazing fillet rivaling those that I've caught, filleted and cooked. It's coated with crushed  Madagascar pepper and coriander. The bass is plated with grits that I fattened up with an aged cheddar that Ethan coaxed me to test out. The bacon is from Breakaway Farms and the shitakes from Davidsons Exotics.

Italian Market 9th St. Philly 3/11

Breakaway Farms Lamb Chop and Potato Tart

A very fine lamb chop, a slice of tart and a basil and butterleaf salad  made a tasty spring supper

Monday, April 18, 2011

Potato, Forest Mushroom, Chevre Tart

I'm thinking this is a good combo for upcoming market Saturday (Easter Saturday).  This tart is creamy like a dauphinois and a lot like the Tartiflette described in Christine Ferber's Mes Tartes minus the lardons.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fried Chicken & Fiddleheads

This was a really tasty plate using a few trades from the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market along with a Whole Foods Organic chicken a package of fiddle heads. The parsnips and scallions are from Taproot Farm.

Los Taquitos de Puebla

Los Taquitos de Puebla is dang delicious. LIL LADY DECLARES TONGUE TACO BEST TONGUE AROUND!
Favorite dishes at Puebla

Tongue Taco

Tacos al Pastor Con Quesillo

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

West Cape May Garden and Grub edition

Magnolia 'Wildcat'
I was just slightly late for prime time on these early spring bloomers. Even so it was a treat to catch the flamboyant blossoms (1st time) on Magnolia x loebneri 'Wildcat'. The air was loaded with ethereal Daphne fragrance and Camellia japonica 'April Dawn' was showing wild multicolored blossoms too.
Camellia 'April Dawn' 2 colors one plant!

Magnolia 'Wildcat'

Quercus myrsinifolia

Dapne odora 'aureomarginata'

I made a lobster tart with dough left from the weekend, a lobster from The Lobster House and crispy fresh leeks and celery from The Produce Place in North Cape May. We also had superb Cape May Salts and fryers both from The Lobster House. That cup of ham and bean soup from Uncle Bills in North Cape May was super tasty and my #27 over easy was perfecto! A wedge of Brinata was a tasty recommendation from the gracious Seaside Cheese-mongers.

Uncle Bills Bean

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gardening Season

This is a good time of year for Japanese maple pics. This is Acer palmatum 'Koriba',

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Morels at Reading Terminal Market

I spied morels in the fancy section at Iovine last week. I passed then but the savory, musky deliciousness that is the essence of morel flavor was perfuming my imagination for days afterwards. This week I went back and grabbed a handful for $6, $69/#. These weren't the musky, flavor packed funksters of my imagination but they were very good. I was pleased with my purchase. They added an earthy, foresty edge to the pan seared strip.

Those are TapRoot Greens along with potato salad using my Momma's recipe.