Wednesday, May 28, 2014
|Cafe Drake HRV roasted tahini-marinated drumsticks with halved red radishes.|
|Tahini Roast Chicken with Yellow Pepper Bisque, Salad, Roasted Radishes and toasted dinner rolls.|
|The roast chicken is of course also perfectly delicious cold, as above, with a salad for lunch. Cold chicken is a standby of picnics and this one holds up well!|
Begin by making the simplest of tahini dressings. Mix equal parts warm water and tahini and place in a blender with garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Ground cumin and/or dill are nice add-ins. Blend until smooth and pour over skin-on, bone-in chicken pieces; you'll need just enough dressing to coat the poultry, about 1 cup per 2 lbs. of chicken. Sprinkle with your favorite hot sauce, seal in a bag and marinate for at least 6 hours in the fridge, preferably overnight.
|Re-using leftover produce bags from the market is a convenient method of "semi-recycling".|
Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Add chopped veggies of choice if desired. Roast at 400 degrees F. for 25-45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken pieces. Dark meat will take longer to cook than white. You'll know it's ready when the skin is crisp and browned and clear juices run from the chicken when pierced with a knife near the bone. Season with a finishing salt and more freshly ground black pepper before spritzing with fresh lemon juice. Fresh herbs make a healthy and tasty garnish as do rings of shaved red onion or scallions.
Though many of you drink it year 'round iced coffee for Cafe Drake HRV is a seasonal adjustment, alerting our morning taste buds to the fact that it's Summer! Cold brewing is sort of the only way to go if you make iced coffee at home and it's ridiculous easy: Place about 1 3/4 cups ground coffee (we use espresso beans, natch) in a pitcher and cover with 3 1/2 cups cold water. Cover the pitcher and let rest at room temperature for 12 hours or up to 24. Line a fine-mesh sieve with a regular coffee filter and pour the coffee through into another vessel. Either return to the now rinsed out original pitcher or keep in the one holding the strained coffee. It's a potent brew meant to be served over ice but with none of the bitter notes characteristic of hot coffee chilled in the fridge. Enjoy and you're welcome.
Note: not sure if it's time yet for coffee over ice? Get the definitive answer HERE.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Memorial Day may the unofficial start to summer but we don't wait around at Cafe Drake HRV until the 21st of June to embrace the season.
|Warm weather and slow gathering dusk are best enjoyed with icy gin cocktails. This week Cafe Drake HRV is partial to the Sage Gimlet, made like the regular drink but shaken and topped with fresh herbage.|
|The Vault at Cafe Drake HRV a/k/a/ kitchen pantry is still harboring a few treasures from last summer's canning sessions. Above, sweet pickled jalapeno peppers with onions, garlic and allspice berries.|
|Have we mentioned yet how much we love this stuff?|
|Matt & Arabella are enjoying some Summer Lovin'.|
Sunday, May 25, 2014
|Note that the plant/tree seems to bloom from the top downwards.|
|The partially opened flowers are visually striking.|
|A few blossoms are the size of a small soccer ball.|
|The bushes on the western side of the house bear flowers of a lighter shade.|
|Changing the vase water daily and cutting flowers in the morning or at dusk can extend their lives inside by several days.|
Saturday, May 24, 2014
|Remember those tiny daikon radish seedlings from 3 weeks ago? Look at them know! Bottom Line: Gardening requires patience with the weather. Unseasonable chill will delay growth of even cold-tolerant plants.|
|Long bean seedlings emerging. Finally. The bamboo poles are for support once the stalks begin to tower.|
|Tuscan kale, like all its cousins in the cruciferous family of veggies, can withstand even the chilliest Spring evenings.|
|From the front yard, looking east toward the Hudson River.|
|Arabella Page helps a bit with pruning and weeding.|
|She's always ready for next garden assignment.|
|Bottom Line: Gardening is much, much more fun with a pit bull.|
|Purple irises, pic snapped prior to weeding. Bottom Line: Irises seem to actually attract weeds! Grow only if worth it to you.|
|Lloyd Page stopped by to help weed but then thought better of it!|
|Lemon Thyme is thriving.|
|Bottom Line: Do not overwater oregano. Ever. It doesn't like it.|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|Roasting garlic and guajillo and pasilla chiles for salsa.|
|above two photos: Cafe Drake HRV's newest invention - White Nachos! White corn chips with navy beans, diced onions and Monterrey Jack cheese.|
|Dressed with all the Fixings: dried chile salsa, cilantro, diced radishes, scallions and toasted pumpkin seeds.|
|Gotta have marinated cukes and onions with the classic Vietnamese sandwich.|
|Our Bahn Mi - Toasted Pumpernickel Bread with Marinated Tofu, Mayo, Pickles and Lovage Leaves|
|Lunch of leftovers, all served cold, augmented with tortilla chips. Just b/c we had a bag left over from our White Nachos dinner.|