tsainola

a vegetarian pop-up for New Orleans

Menu for Saturday

Miso Congee with Mung Beans and Choice of Fried Tofu, Pickled Radish, and Tea Egg

Daikon Cakes with Spicy Goji Berry Sauce

Fried Sticky Rice Cakes with Chestnuts and Mushrooms

Egg and Tomato Turnovers

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Fried Sesame Balls with Mung Bean Filling

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Lemongrass Ginger Iced Tea

Almond Milk Green Tea

Avocado Coffee Shake

Next TSAI Event: 3/9

We’re taking a Mardi Gras and Super Bowl break this February. Join us on March 9th at the OCH Art Market for our variations on Taiwanese delicacies.

Menu for Saturday

Chilled Celery Kohlrabi Soup with Pepper Relish

Roasted Cauliflower Curry with Mushrooms and Feta

White Beans with Greens and Fried Carrots

Fried Lentil and Greens Salad with Pecans and Cherry Tomatoes

Jasmine Rice with Beets and Greens

Challah Knots

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Coffee

Mint Iced Tea

Strawberry Mint Iced Tea

Ginger Grapefruit Spritzer

2013

Happy New Year! We’ve been busy over the holidays trying out recipes ranging from Taiwanese classics like turnip cakes and sticky rice to a kabocha squash and mushroom stew. Our first event of 2013 will be the 1/12 OCH Art Market. If you’ve been missing Café Reconcile’s cooking, they’ll also be at that Art Market, in anticipation of their long-awaited renovation wrapping up soon. On their menu: White Beans and Shrimp; Eggplant Jennifer; and Corn and Crab Soup. We’re still working out our own menu, but promise to kick the year off right.

Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Garlic and Arugula

The cauliflower at the markets has been superb these last few months, so we put together this soup for our last OCH Art Market of 2012 using some of that good stuff. This recipe acknowledges the season with its ingredients, but results in something light, smooth, and clean in flavor, something more suited to the balmy weather we’ve been having than the hearty stews and squash-based soups that one typically finds this time of the year.

Ingredients: cauliflower, onions, potatoes, celery, clear vegetable stock; vegetable oil, garlic; arugula, salt, pepper

1. In a large pot, place cauliflower florets, roughly chopped onions, peeled potatoes, and celery. Add enough vegetable stock and/or water to cover. Bring to a low boil, and cook for about twenty minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. (Use approximately 1 potato, 1/2 onion, and 1 stalk of celery for each head of cauliflower.)

2. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool until it is safe enough to handle, if pureeing with a blender or food processor. While waiting for the mixture to cool, heat a few tablespoons of oil in a small saucepan. Do not allow the oil to reach smoking point. Place a couple cloves of thinly sliced garlic in the hot oil, and cook the garlic on low heat until the slices are soft and the oil infused with the garlic.

3. After pureeing the cauliflower mixture, add salt to taste. Reheat and ladle soup into bowls. Before serving, drizzle a few teaspoons of the garlic oil and garlic slices over each bowl. Garnish with small arugula leaves, and a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper.

cauliflower soup, black bean and broccoli galette, olive bread, and mint iced tea

cauliflower soup, black bean and broccoli galette, olive bread, and mint iced tea

Menu for Saturday

Olive Boules

Broccoli Black Bean Galette with Toasted Mustard Seeds and Red Pepper

Spicy Mushroom Soup with Scallions and Curried Squash

Cauliflower Soup with Garlic

Fresh Greens with Parsley-fried Black-eyed Peas and Cheese

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Strawberry Orange Clafoutis

Peppermint Fudge/Snickerdoodle/Gingerbread Cookies (2/3 Gluten-free)

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Coffee

Mint Tea

Spiced Lemonade

OCH Art Market, Saturday, 12/8

Come join us on Saturday for delicious baked goods, soups, and other great dishes — and stay to do your holiday shopping with local artists and craftspeople. Maïs Arepas and the Fat Falafel will be there as well.

 

 

TSAI in Garden & Gun

David Thier covers our little operation in an article on speakeasies and pop-ups for the December/January issue of Garden & Gun. We’re proud to share the page with the guys from Pizza Delicious, and a very large owl.  Pages from Garden and Gun_December 2012_TSAI

OCH Art Market and Pictures from TSAI House

We’ll be at the OCH Art Market this Saturday from 10-3, with a special holiday menu of baked goods, soups, and other tasty dishes. Maïs Arepas and the Fat Falafel food truck will both be serving up food as well, so there will be a lot of options to choose from. We’ll be posting our menu later this week. TSAI House_2012_11_17

the Ramblin Letters

bring the family

Menu for Saturday

Spicy Onion Soup with Turnips, Greens, and Blue Cheese

Rosemary Sourdough/Roasted Garlic Bread

Warm Baby Lima Beans with Mizuna and Citrus Olive Sauce

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Green Peppers

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Boston Bib Nest with Herbed Butternut Squash and Mexican Tarragon

Parsley Beet Rice with Cumin

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Chocolate Truffles

Apple Cider Caramels

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Rosemary Lemonade

Spiced Wine

Hot Toddy