Bottarga Bread Salad with Butter Beans and Caper Vinaigrette

Hey everyone. It’s my birthday! I’m getting old. Not that old, but old still. Old for me. When did you start feeling old? It’s an awkward birthday too. On a Tuesday, and for the first time in years I won’t be at work. Not really sure what to do with myself all day. People keep … Continue reading Bottarga Bread Salad with Butter Beans and Caper Vinaigrette »

Frozen Hot Chocolate: What is this Magical Concoction?

Oh Dad. You said it could never be done. You said the unfathomable combination of chocolates is just too much for the home cook to bear. A recipe so exact, so mystifying, that it’s downright impossible for anyone but the expertly trained chefs that make hundreds of them daily. I think you were wrong. And … Continue reading Frozen Hot Chocolate: What is this Magical Concoction? »

Naked Pasta: Meyer Lemon and Chilli Pappardelle

Naked is fun. Freeing. Liberating. Not naked as in changing at the gym in front of sweaty strangers, or drearily stripping off pjs before your morning shower. I mean naked as in pure, clean, unadulterated. Think of confidently leaving your home without make-up, or sliding into a hot tub on a weekend getaway. The feel … Continue reading Naked Pasta: Meyer Lemon and Chilli Pappardelle »

Creamy Polenta Soup with Chickpea Croutons

“FACCIA DEL POLENTONE!” “AH, TERRONE STUPIDO!” Those Italians, always bickering… According to Southern Italians, living in the North means you eat too much polenta. And Northerners love insulting their Southern compatriots by calling them farmers. Now really, is that the best you could come up with? I learned this from my aunt, who lives in … Continue reading Creamy Polenta Soup with Chickpea Croutons »

Filet o’ Fish with Homemade Brioche Buns and Tartar Sauce

Before I, so-they-say, “jump the shark,” I’d like to put an end to this series by slowing down the fishy staple at Mickey D’s, the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. My version uses line-caught Pacific cod coated in a batter made with local beer. I stuffed it in a homemade bun with tartar sauce and a slice of … Continue reading Filet o’ Fish with Homemade Brioche Buns and Tartar Sauce »

Homemade Big Mac: Make Your Own, Have a Party

Has it been that long? Twelve years ago. The last time I stepped foot into a McDonald’s. At least I think – it’s not like it was momentous enough to recall dates and times. But surely my oreo/ramen/milkshake regimen of freshman year included a nugget or two from Mickey D’s. Probably some fries too slopped … Continue reading Homemade Big Mac: Make Your Own, Have a Party »