We celebrated the first day of summer this past Saturday June 21 with the eighth annual Make Music New York festival. With more than 1,300 concerts in parks, plazas, gardens, and on sidewalks across the five boroughs, it was quite the event. I was once again humbled by the talent, creativity, and artistic generosity of my fellow New Yorkers — it was an amazing day! … Continue reading make music new york 2014.
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.
It’s been two years (!) since we embarked on our color dinner adventure, and we decided to give it a second go round. With so many more things to test and taste, we just couldn’t leave each color to a single glorious rendition. And so, we embarked on Color Dinners: Redux. As our dinners are seasonal, we started back at the beginning, where we began, … Continue reading green dinner redux.
Urban farming is, at last, having its moment in the sun, and we hope it is a long one! The benefits of growing food in urban environments, both to the environments themselves and to the people who inhabit them, are enormous. And the practice has deep roots in New York City. Under the auspices of Organic Gardening, Gabriella Bass and I have spent the past … Continue reading urban farming.
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’ve just returned from three weeks in India: mostly in Rajasthan, the desert lands of Kings, with a brief interlude for a spectacular wedding, followed by a much needed respite in Kerala, God’s own Country, as they say. Ah, India. When I close my eyes, I see it still, patterned against my eyelids, red and vibrant as if I’d stared too long into the sun. … Continue reading india.