Not long ago the author Michael Pollan penned a great article in the Washington Post titled How a national food policy could save millions of lives. It is a MUST READ for any of you who frequent this vlog. It is a call to action regarding safe, affordable and easily accessible healthy food. As far as action we can take is concerned, Food Policy Action is worth checking out. They make it very simple to understand where your legislators stand on food policy issues. Finally, the video below is an incredible talk by Tom Colliccho who most us foodies revere as a chef and food activist. Ciao4Now!
OK! I'm a broken record. Simple, simple, simple is good, good, good! This is a salad that my cousin Levana taught me how to make and it is quick and simple. I've adjusted it slightly. See the additional notes to get the exact recipe Levana uses below my simplified version which is:
1/2 head of cabbage
1/4 to 1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
A handful of roasted slivered almonds
Additional Notes: Adjust the quantity of oil and vinegar based on the size of your cabbage and how tart you like your salads. I'm a tart lover so I go with equal parts oil and vinegar.
You can add 1/4 sugar and a couple tablespoons of soy sauce to stay true to Levana's recipe. It actually tastes fantastic that way!
You can use any type of nut you like. I used pine nuts once and that was amazing but they are a bit pricey.
The video below gives you the quick step by step. So thank you Levana!
I won't lie. Preparing this duck is a culinary workout. Several hours of work but the results are worth it. It is by far the best duck I've ever had. I first had it at a Jody Adam's restaurant in Boston back in the 80's. In the very least try the marinade and use it with chicken. I guarantee you it will be a big hit. Below are pictures of my most recent effort. They follow the duck through its 3 hour journey in the oven, and here is the full recipe. The marinade details are below the pictures.
Ready to go into the oven. After 1 hour in the oven.
After 2 hours in the oven.
After 3 hours in the oven and ready to eat.
Marinade (Duck, chicken or pork)
Mix ingredients below and let the meat sit in it for 1 hour. Then use it to baste the meat as it cooks.
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon mustard seeds
1 Tablespoon dried rosemary, or 1/2 Tablespoon dried
It's counter-intuitive but dull knives can be far more dangerous that sharp knives. For me, hand sharpening stinks. I can't do it very well and look stupid trying. So a few years ago I broke down and bought an inexpensive $30 electric sharpener. I use it every month or two and it is AMAZING. I'll never try to hand sharpen again. The video below gives you more detail. It's from a great source called the Webstaurant. Ciao4Now!