Cheezy Raw Kale Crackers. If I don’t have a batch of raw crackers or flat bread around, I am at extreme risk of snack attacks.
You know what I am talking about. The attacks that an apple or an orange can’t curb. The attacks that find me riffling through the cabinets for something crunchy and satisfying. The attacks that can lead me to less than desirable food. Sopa Verde de Elote Recipe. Not that I need much encouraging, but I've been compiling a good number of older cookbooks - early titles by authors I love, first editions, and such.
The intent is to make them available at some point related to Quitokeeto - perhaps not on the site, more likely at the studio so people can pick and choose and browse in person. An example would be a book like this one - Diana Kennedy's Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico published in 1978. It's the sort of title I like to revisit, for inspiration in my own kitchen, but also to understand what was inspiring Diana Kennedy in the 1970s. One of the recipes she highlights is a green corn soup - Sopa Verde de Elote. A soup she describes as "unusual and delicious" from Mi Libro de Cocina, published in San Luis Potosi in 1965. I mention it in the headnotes below, the original recipe calls for tomatillos, which are easy to find at some points in the year, and not so easy at others. . - More Corn Recipes - Black Bread Recipe.
As promised, black bread.
It's what I crave when I think of winter-time baking, and I've been making consecutive loaves over the past few weeks. Caraway-crusted, flecked with dashes of grated carrot, it's dark and hearty, and perfect when toasted then topped with a fat smear of dill butter. Kale Market Salad Recipe. There's a small restaurant in our neighborhood known for great pizza.
And yes, the pizza is on point. Spicy Lemon Coconut Sauce Recipe. This sauce looks bland from here.
Roasted Lemon Chutney Recipe. I have so many photos to share with you I'm not quite sure where to start.
Green Curry Porridge Recipe. I thought I'd share another QUITOKEETO lunch with you today.
This one in particular was a stand-out. It went something like this: a boisterous green curry porridge made with pan-toasted brown rice, spicy herb-packed green coconut broth, all punctuated with winter squash and lots of green onions. Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup Recipe. I'm deep in the middle of a streak where I cook primarily from other people's cookbooks.
Every now and then it's a groove I fall into, sometimes lasting a few weeks, other times a month or two. There's something creatively energizing, and at the same time, relaxing about following a recipe written by another cook or writer I admire. I like to mix it up a bit by alternating between recipes from new volumes (like the one today), and recipes from older titles (the Sopa Verde from last week). It's a practice that tends to shake out the creative cobwebs for me. So, that's where my head was at when I turned to a stack of books the other night.
That first shot (and the one with the surfers and fishing boat) is looking south toward the Golden Gate - people surf, paddle board, swim, and fish from the shore. Miso Tahini Soup Recipe. Last weekend we took our little shop project, QUITOKEETO, to the Remodelista Holiday Market.
It took place at the Heath Ceramics factory, and it was the first time we've done anything "out in the wild" related to the shop. So exciting! We brought a small assortment of items, had amazing neighbors on either side (hi Adele! Hi Tracy!) , and spent the day on the south side of Heath's incredible production floor, directly across from the massive tile kilns. The Greenest Salad Recipe. Anytime I travel for an extended period of time, let's say longer than a couple of weeks, I end up craving certain foods from home.
The craving creeps up on me like a fungus - not bad at first, but in the end, formidable. This trip it was avocado, then leafy salads, eventually dovetailing into broccoli. The greenest of the green stuff. An Ideal Lunch Salad Recipe. I took this shot at 7:05 the other morning, just before walking out the door to pack a small mountain of boxes related to our last round of QUITOKEETO. It takes quite a lot to get each package bundled safely and sent on its way, and a proper lunch break on packing days is something I look forward to. We clear the long table, throw down a few sheets of butcher paper, and put out a spread.
Avocado Asparagus Tartine Recipe. I'm a bit distracted. In the best way possible. In the way I get now and then when I'm excited about an idea or a prospect. It started in Portland last month, when I had a happenstance chat with a couple of ladies I admire very much. They gave me the little nudge I needed to start thinking more seriously about a project I'd been casually tossing around in the back of my mind for years. Roasted Delicata Squash Salad Recipe. I have Molly Watson to thank for the inspiration here.