Saturday, March 30, 2013


With an incredible back log of recipes and musings, this floated to the top.

Bright. Intense.
Ruby-toned. Almost reflective.
And I'm hanging on to it like a life preserver, promising the warmth of days to come.
Maybe it sounds like I'm exaggerating, and perhaps I am a tad, but this winter was cold and gray. And I'm excited for this year's thaw.

We're a few weeks away from the Michigan variety (which i usually hold out for), but these Washington state beauties caught my eye in Busch's yesterday.

Right now I have stewed 6 wide bright red stalks in a bit of water and a heavy hand of sugar.
I'll strain the mixture, saving the tender solids for a compote. For a delightful dessert, fold this compote into freshly whipped cream, and top with a spoonful of lemon curd.

The syrup will be saved for cocktails or Italian sodas.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Cafe Memmi

Ringing endorsement for Cafe Memmi!  We had a lovely date night on Thurdsay night.  Our meal was so full of flavor.  Unfortunately it was too dark in Bar at Braun Ct to take photographs. Everything was not only delicious, but also artistically beautiful. Pleasing to all senses.

My mouth was humming with the symphonies of Tunisia.  From spiced nuts to greens with a citrus vinaigrette, frites with sun-dried tomato aoili, sole perched on a saute of onion, sweet pepper, and fried egg, to poached meringues in a citrus custard, everything was stellar.  I walked away satiated but not stuffed. What struck me most of all was that everything was luscious and deep, but somehow light and delicate.  I am not deeply familiar with Tunisian cuisine, but now I will make it my quest to learn more.  It was an inspiring meal. Thank you, Amos and Sarah.

You can find Memmi at Bar at 327 Braun Ct every Thursday night or occasionally at Zingerman's on fourth.

*reviews of pop-ins & Zingermans*
*local review of Cafe Memmi *