"Should a cook squander anything, ever?" Thomas Keller
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Things that are cool....
In Atlanta I found many things cool. I found that I was an uncle again. I got to hold a beautiful little girl, long overdo. She is my family, she is perfect, and I love her and her mom and dad lots.
I found an appreciation for food and local sustainability that was refreshing.
I found that I love my wife more and more as the years and time go.
I also found that the Decalb farmer's market is a great place, really and truly, when you have no game plan and nothing other than an hour to kill and great music to wander to.
I went to Atlanta with a brain bag of ideas for dinner because I knew and hoped I would be asked to cook by my food crazy brother. This posed a fantastic and exciting challenge. My brother's wife does not eat meat and could not eat dairy due to a possible dairy allergy in my baby niece. I was forced outside of my comfort zone into seafood and what an adventure. Pictures are not allowed in the Decalb Farmer's market but the fish market is great. I wandered for quite a while. I settled on a 3 lb. Branzini. I found galangal, snow pea tops, and peace.
1st course was a Pho style broth with seared Branzini, Shanghai bok choy, snow pea tops, and since there were no noodles in sight, unripe peach julienned.
2nd was farro creamed with avacado, chipotle mole, pico de gallo, and of course branzini
Great fun, hopefully food bros will be cooking together at a date, time, and place TBA