Spring has struggled to blossom in the Northeast this year; the greenmarkets offering up mostly glassy white cabbage and knobby carrots, still into May. When a springy green vegetable does appear in some quantity, it’s snatched, hungrily, gone before noon, before most have rubbed the sleep from their eyes, pulled their compost from the freezer, and made their way to the park. Such had been … Continue reading spring snack: sugar snap peas & green garlic aioli.
We brought, as is our want, ice cream to our recent Green Dinner Redux. It was a natural choice: having recently experimented with matcha in sweets, we were eager to try our hand at green tea ice cream, and what better opportunity to parade matcha’s showstopping color than at a dinner in honor of said color? The ice cream was easy, just your basic custard … Continue reading matcha green tea ice cream & homemade matcha sprinkles.
We fell in love with masala chai in India. How could we not? Tiny thimbles of the milky tea are dolled out on almost every street corner, the makeshift cups warm in your hands, a creamy film — the telltale sign of good milk (likely from the cow lolling beside you!) — forming across the top before even touching your lips. Nowhere have we experienced … Continue reading masala chai.
We know there’s nothing in the repertoire of Hannukah treats that calls for either white chocolate or green tea, but here’s the thing: we had matcha white chocolate on the brain. On Dan’s latest trip to Japan, he brought back an amazing, never-before-seen-in-New York treat: green tea kitkats. And, a package of beautiful, earthy, matcha powder. And, we had a Hannukah party coming up. And, … Continue reading gelt.
We planted hot peppers on the fire escape this summer – fiery scotch bonnets and smoky paprika peppers – and were unprepared for their prolific production. The paprika peppers have found their way into many a dish, but the scotch bonnets — which clock in at 100,000–350,000 Scoville Units, a good 12 to 40 times hotter than the hottest jalapeño — are, shall we say, … Continue reading (hot!) scotch bonnet hot sauce.
Our love letter to autumn and its apples and its apple cider continues….with caramels. Apple cider caramels. The essence of fall, distilled into one, perfect, burnt-leaf-colored square. This recipe needs no introduction. It’s just perfect. No corn syrup! And a manageable yield! Surprisingly easy to make! And really, it’s genius. Reducing the apple cider to its essence is inspired: the scent of apples lingers in … Continue reading apple cider caramels.
The unseasonable 80 degree days that dragged dangerously close to October have finally given way to my favorite kind of days: crisp fall ones. In recent years, fall has become synonymous with trips upstate to Rokeby, and the moment I walk outside and find the cracked sidewalks of Brooklyn dressed in soft yellows and red, find the air’s cold enough to nip at my nose, … Continue reading apple cider donuts & puppets, oh my.