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Menu for Friday

Louisiana Jasmine Rice

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Roasted Green Bell Pepper and Pecan Sauce with Potatoes + Cucumber and Cumin Beet Egg

Black Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Sauce + Carrots and Spicy Cabbage

Spicy Summer Squash with Tomatillos and Cranberry Beans + Cream and Creole Tomato Relish

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Plum Corn Bread with Tahini Glaze

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Iced Tea

Covington Stawberry Pale Ale

Rum Spritzer with Watermelon and Tomato

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Recipes: Rice, Greens, and Pickled Daikon

We had the pleasure of teaching a cooking class at the Grow Dat Youth Farm out in City Park last weekend. These were the recipes we shared, based on produce that’s available from Grow Dat and other vendors at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market this month. These are simple dishes, but using good ingredients and a hearty stock made from vegetable peels and trimmings make for a delicious meal with a full complement of flavors and textures. 

Rice with Black-eyed Peas, Carrots, and Greens

Ingredients: brown rice, black-eyed peas, onions, carrots, greens (kale, collards, carrot tops, etc.), oil, vegetable stock

  1. Heat oil in deep saucepan or pot.
  2. Cook diced onions on medium heat until they become translucent.
  3. Add diced carrots and cook until onions begin to brown.
  4. Add rice and black-eyed peas. Stir to coat grains of rice with oil.
  5. Add stock (or water) so that the depth of the water over the rice is approximately equal to the depth of the rice and the other ingredients below.
  6. Stir in chopped greens, cover, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and cook at a low boil for 30-40 minutes, or until the rice and peas are fully cooked.

Chard with Mushrooms and Garlic

Ingredients: chard, mushrooms, garlic, hot peppers, sweet peppers, feta

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan until it shimmers and a drop of water sizzles on contact.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and cook on high heat so they begin to brown within a minute or two. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add chopped chard stems, diced sweet peppers, and minced hot peppers, and cook for one minute, still on high heat.
  4. Add chopped chard leaves and chopped garlic, and cook for two minutes.
  5. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and serve immediately, with feta sprinkled on top if available.

Daikon with Lemon and Cilantro

Ingredients: daikon, lemons, cilantro, salt, sugar

  1. Cut daikon into thin strips, thin slices, or grate, and place in a bowl with a sprinkling of salt and a little sugar.
  2. Knead for a few minutes, until the daikon softens. Drain the liquid that collects at the bottom of the bowl and rinse with water.
  3. Place drained daikon in a bowl with a few squeezes of lemon juice, salt, and enough water to cover.
  4. Allow daikon to soak in the brine while cooking other components of your meal.
  5. Before serving, remove daikon from brine, toss with coarsely chopped cilantro, and serve alongside vegetables and rice.

Recipe: Beans, Peas, Zucchini, and a Roasted Red Pepper Broth

We’ve been happy to see the splendid variety of beans and peas at the farmer’s markets these last few weeks. Pink-eyed peas, crowders, butterbeans, limas…none of them take very long to cook, and they’re delicious boiled, fried, cold, leftover, in a stew, or in pretty much any culinary context we can think of. This recipe joins legumes with the rich flavors of roasted red peppers using an unorthodox technique that’s straightforward and yields wonderful results. As you can maybe tell from the title of this post, we developed this recipe so recently that we’re still working on figuring out a decent name for this dish, which we served a couple weeks ago at the OCH Art Market with a fried egg on top, feta, cilantro, and a scoop of rice.

Ingredients: red peppers, jalapeno peppers, celery, onions, garlic, tomato sauce (optional); assorted beans and peas, chopped zucchini and yellow squash

1. On a stove top, grill, or in an oven, roast whole red peppers and jalapeno peppers until the skins blacken, turning the peppers periodically for even roasting. Remove the peppers from heat, and place in a covered container for the peppers to cool and to allow the steam from the roasted peppers to loosen the skins. The jalapenos should take less time to roast, so make sure to keep an eye on them and remove them from heat when they’re roasted.  

2. Once the peppers are cool, peel the peppers, and discard the skins, stems, and seeds. Collect the juices from the roasting pan and container in which the peppers were allowed to cool.

3. In a blender, combine and puree roasted peppers, pan juices, a handful of chopped onions and celery, whole cloves of garlic, a little bit of tomato sauce, and a drizzle of vegetable oil. (This mixture fragrant and versatile and will keep for a few days. It is delicious with pasta, eggs, or even served cold as a salsa of sorts. Last weekend, we mixed in chopped walnuts and minced scallions, and spooned that onto hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.)

4. Combine peas and squash with enough of the roasted pepper mixture to cover, in a pot or saucepan. Add water to thin the mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook at a slow boil for 10-15 minutes, until the legumes and squash are fully cooked and the contents of the pot have been reduced to the desired thickness. Serve in a bowl with feta and cilantro, and a fried egg on top and rice on the side.

 

Menu for the OCH Art Market, 10/13

Asparagus and Avocado Flan with Pumpkin Seeds

Egg over Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bean Stew

Braised Greens with Sweet Potatoes and Rice

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Rice Pudding with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar

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Horchata Café au Lait

Spicy Lemonade

Recipe: Zucchini Kale Soup with Toasted Walnuts and Tomato Relish

We served this soup cold at our last house event, with a hunk of foccacia on the side. If you have vegetable stock prepared ahead of time, this soup doesn’t take much time to make, and is a beautiful addition to a mid-summer meal. If you’d like something a little richer, we’ve also served this soup with feta and chopped basil sprinkled on top, in place of the tomato relish, and that works well too.

Ingredients: zucchini, potatoes, kale, celery, onions, vegetable stock, walnuts, tomatoes, hot peppers, basil, garlic, cane vinegar

1. Cut zucchini and potatoes (2:1 ratio) and a handful of celery and onions into big chunks. Remove the stems from a few leaves of kale, and chop into large pieces. If you’re looking to use giant zucchini that you want to get rid of, make sure to peel off the tough skin and to scoop out the seeds. In a large pot, cover the vegetables with vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, and cook at a rapid boil until the vegetables are tender. Set aside to cool.

2. Once the vegetables and broth are cool enough to handle, puree the mixture with a blender or food processor, add salt and pepper to taste, and adjust the consistency of the soup with vegetable stock if it needs thinning. Refrigerate.

3. Mince tomatoes and basil and a clove or two of garlic and hot pepper. Combine these ingredients with cane vinegar, salt, and pepper to reach a  consistency similar to a thin salsa.

4. Use a frying pan to toast walnuts in a single layer on the stove — be careful not to burn the walnuts. Remove the walnuts from heat. When cool enough to touch, break the walnuts into small pieces.

5. To serve, ladle the chilled soup into bowls. Spoon tomato relish on top, and sprinkle with walnut pieces.

Zucchini Kale Soup, Focaccia, and Roasted Tomato and Lima Bean Salad

 

Menu for the OCH Art Market

Zucchini French Toast with Sweet Tamarind Sauce

Braised Crowder Peas and Okra with Mushrooms and Cous Cous

Squash and Eggplant Tagine with Cilantro and Cous Cous

Fried Lentil Cakes with Greens and Mango Ginger Dressing

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Sno-Balls with Homemade Syrups: Blueberry Lemon Mint, Coconut Lime Basil, and Watermelon Lime Lavender

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Mint Lemonade, Mint Tea, Coffee, and Espresso

Menu for Sunday

Chilled Corn Chowder with Serrano Chili Aioli

Chilled Zucchini Kale Soup with Toasted Walnuts and Tomato Basil Relish

Eggplant with Habaneros, Mushrooms, and Arugula Fried Rice

Roasted Creole Tomato Salad with Fresh Lima Beans and Purple Hull Peas

Breadsticks: Parmesan, Garlic, Sesame

Rosemary Basil Focaccia

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Almond Tofu with Fresh Peaches

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Watermelon Limeade  :  Herbal Iced Tea

Watermelon Cocktail with Lime, Vodka, and Lavender

Sangria

Menu for OCH Art Market, 6/9, Saturday

We’ll be at the OCH Art Market this Saturday from 10-3. This being the headquarters of the Eat Local Challenge, we’ll be serving up dishes with ingredients sourced solely within a 200 mile radius of New Orleans. Tell all the Challenge participants you know! Here’s our tentative menu for Saturday:

Baby Squash, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad with Mint and Parsley

Potato and Egg with Blueberry Rosemary Dressing

Garlic Fried Okra and Cremini Mushrooms with Marconi Pepper Relish over Tomato Congee

Braised Potatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms with Goat Cheese over Jasmine Rice

Blueberry Pancakes with Fruit-infused Cane Syrup

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Blueberry Lemonade

Mint Tea

Menu for Saturday

Swiss Chard Pancakes with Cool Yogurt Sauce*

Black-Eyed Pea and Mushroom Gumbo with Hot Pepper Relish**

Citrus, Beet, and Cucumber Salad**

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Coffee

Lemongrass Ginger Citrus Iced Tea (with Citrus Honey Syrup)

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featuring locally-grown produce; *gluten free; **vegan

TSAI at the OCH Art Market, Saturday

We’ll be at the OCH Art Market this Saturday from 10-3, serving up Swiss Chard Pancakes with a Cool Yogurt Sauce (Gluten-free), Black-eyed Pea Mushroom Gumbo with Hot Pepper Relish and Louisiana-grown Rice, and Fruit-infused Iced Tea.