Monday, April 30, 2012

Sushi Sunday

I enjoyed Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Jiro's virtuosity and rigid sushi classicism held me spellbound. I was astonished to learn that it requires about 10 years apprenticeship at Jiro's to master specific techniques. Though 10 years sounds a lot like the 10,000 hour rule that Gladwell writes about in Outliers doesn't it seem ridiculously arduous compared to the rate at which we mint culinary geniuses here in Philly or the USA in general?

This is a plate for 2.  2 barbarians. We devoured every last bite. Using excellent fish, uni and softshells from Metropolitan Seafood via Stockton Mkt. we savored another sushi Sunday. My rice is improving!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

East Goshen Market Tarts

 These peach tarts using the Grande Del Pastaio might become a MDC regular. Amazingly simple and clear delicious and bright flavors,
Fair Food Farmstand Jersey asparagus with black trumpets, honey caps, maitakes and spring onions amped up with WFM's bargain reggiano.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The radiant yolk of a TapRoot Farm egg in a reggiano and ricotta sky.

Pork Milanese 

Reggiano rich ravioli relaxing on pg.41 current City Paper

Super tasty olive bread from Hudson Bakery via DiBruno Bros 9th St
WFM offered an excellent deal on Reggiano last Friday.
Lil Lady's Vietnamese coffee ice cream


Monday, April 23, 2012

Grande Ricotta

Grande ricotta works fantastically in Peach, Pistachio & Ricotta Tart. We used Beechwood Orchards peaches canned in water.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jersey Asparagus, Mushroom and Reggiano Tarts

I am thrilled that we have a good supply of fresh organic pastured eggs!

This weekend both sweet and savory tarts use TapRoot Farm eggs.

The savory tart uses Jersey asparagus, wild and cultivated mushrooms and generous measure of Reggiano.

Tasty Local Take-Away: Pitruco and Federal Donuts

Pitruco Parked at Palumbo
Playground Thursday PM!
Crispy Chicken Choices from Federal Donuts

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sidecar and the Stone

Contemplative Times

How We Roll Home Made Style

This plate uses tuna, uni, halibut and snapper from Metropolitan Seafood via Stockton Farmers Market. The fish quality was excellent. The shrimp came from WFM they were acceptable quality for tempura-ing. My rice was not too bad. I practiced a few times using this knowledgeable blogger's expertise. 

The halibut with spicy mayo, uni and avocado was our favorite.

Pristine and pricey...Legit Sushi Grade Goods from Metropolitan Seafood

Friday, April 13, 2012

Asparagus, Ramps & Chevre Tarts

Ingredients from Fair Food Farm Stand: asparagus from Fifer orchards in Delaware and ramps from Dave Sillers Wild Edibles. We're using FireFly Farms chevre and some Overbrook Herb Farm marjoram.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

A fantastically beautiful day in Philly and in Cape May. We enjoyed Good Spoon tomato soup and Market Day mushroom tart for lunch al fresco.

 Pawpaws are blooming.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Garden Pics

This Japanese maple is in a pot out front. I'm not sure of its cultivar name. 

Acer palmatum 'Yu bae' flowers.

 Osmanthus americanus. This plant has grown best for me in a semi shaded, sheltered location. I sacrificed a few when I first sited them in a sunny, breezy spot.
 Asimina triloba 'Sunflower' blossoms at this time of year. Flowers, pollinated by ants and flies, develop into amazing fruits.

Camellia japonica 'April Dawn' has a dazzling flower but lacks the cosmically fresh fragrance of its fall blooming neighbor sasanqua.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Philly Farm and Food Fest

This year's event was a fantastic leap in scale and participation from previous events. Fair Food and PASA did an amazing job.

Thanks to the excellent crowd, in the thousands, that showed up today in support of the local food front.