Who needs a brush and paint? My canvas is food…Salads / June 24, 2017
There are places we feel most ourselves. Places that bring out the best in us, that are resonant with simplicity and honesty. Perhaps it’s holding a baton in one’s hands that bring us to a place where our souls are soaring. Maybe it is in the garden surrounded by earth and mulch. Or maybe it is singing loudly that makes us feel alive. All of these things we choose because we have a PASSION for them. And although they may not bring us riches or fame, (yet!) they fill us with joy. That is how cooking is for me.
I once heard a chef say that you can teach skills, but you can’t teach someone how to taste. And I feel that is true. I am always absorbing myself in videos to learn how to handle bread dough and to understand the many, many steps required to make as aspic. But without even a cheat sheet in front of me I can walk the aisles of a food market and choose various items of differing flavors and I KNOW it will produce a fantastic meal. I “know” what coriander tastes like. I “know” what fresh thyme smells like. And I “know” how cardamom feels in your mouth; an almost heady and hot sensation as the aroma creeps into the highest part of your sinuses.
These recipes are all lovingly created so that the flavors meld beautifully. It will be a feast for the senses, it will nourish you, and it will make any summer day that much more beautiful. And when you try these recipes, I hope you will love them, too.