If spring is typically the season of “irrational exuberance” — as demonstrated annually by folks wearing shorts on 50 F days — then summer is one of “rational exuberance”. This phrase feels like an oxymoron, as I stare at burgeoning peony shrubs and bleeding hearts that I swear were 6 inches shorter yesterday. Yet it is merely and exactly the nature of living, growing things.
I realize that my food is the same — rationally (sometimes irrationally) constructed of healthful ingredients and exuberant flavors.
So dust off the grill and picnic tables and enjoy yourself. Skol and Gan Bei!
COMING MENUS: MAY 23 – 29 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Wasabi Kohlrabi Herb Potato Salad (vegan creamy herb dressing)
1) French Lentil Salad w/ Fresh Dill Vinaigrette. Vegan, gluten-free. Tiny dark green “Puy” lentils are very dense and therefore hold shape & texture when cooked. Reportedly more nutritious than other kinds of lentils. Will include radishes & walnuts.
2) Potato Salad with Creamy Vegan Horseradish Dressing. Vegan, gluten-free; contains soy.With chopped celery, red onion and pickles. Dressing will be mild-ish. A nice, not-too-exotic twist on a favorite comfort food to jazz up BBQs.
MAY 30 -JUNE 5
1) Navy Bean, Leek & Zucchini Stew. Vegan; veggie broth powder does contain small amount of gluten. A gluten-free batch will be available — pls notify in advance. As with above dishes, I’m trying to move into seasonal flavors despite having very few local vegetables yet (except for rhubarb). If enough fresh peas at markets, I will try to include.
Diced veggies with chewy, ancient Kamut grain. Photo by Brad Dahlgaard.
2) Kamut Salad in Orange Cumin Vinaigrette. Vegan, gluten-free. Incl carrots and other crunchy veg. Kamut is an unhybridized, ancient relative of wheat. It’s low in gluten so if you’re mildly sensitive but not truly intolerant, you can have this. These whole grains look like large brown wild rice and are very chewy, which is why they make such great salads. I discovered you cannot overcook these even if you mistakenly leave it in hot water overnight. Nice to know.