Chocolate Rye Crackers

I came across a blog awhile back that featured rye crackers. I have stoneground whole rye in the pantry and got it into my head to make crackers with it. While I respect his recipe, I wanted something different. I went online to foodpairing.com and did some research on what pairs well with rye flour. I made a list of the ingredients I wanted to use — cocoa nibs, apples, brown sugar, caraway, black olives, lard, mustard, olive oil — and went to work. I went with three flavor pairings, the best… Read More

spinach tart

Several years ago PBS released Julia Child’s The French Chef. In a favorite episode she traveled to Provence to make Spinach Tarts with her collaborator Simone (Simca) Beck. You can make a spinach tart simply by combining frozen spinach with B├ęchamel and placing it (cold) in store bought pastry. You can improve this by starting with fresh spinach boiled in water for three minutes, shocked in cold water, and chopped. To improve the texture you simply pull the the stems from the blades before boiling. Each step changes the dish. Start where… Read More

Play with your food! Spinach curry as strudel

You’ll soon see that I’m in strudel mode. But why not blend food traditions and put Palak Paneer (Spinach Curry with Paneer) inside strudel dough? I made five different curried versions, variations on colors and flavors. They are really delicious. (Can anyone tell me why my iPhone 5S takes better photos than my Nikon S9300?)