The pineapple is one of those perfect ingredients (alongside avocados and mangos.) So why mess with perfection? I would say it is more about taking a different approach to something you are familiar with than a detraction. The heat concentrates and enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit and the caramelization on the outside is just delicious.
I originally put this together for my paleo friends. Aside from that, I wanted to play around with temperature and texture. The raw and cooked ingredients play well off each other. This is also a really simple salad and you can put it together in about 20 minutes.
It’s Summer so there are only two things you need to concern yourself with; some type of fire powered grilling device and ingredients to sear over aforementioned fire. If you live in New York, there are actually designated areas you can bbq in the city. You can also make due with a broiler in your oven or grill pan.
The Ponzu in this marinade has a salty-citrus flavor that pairs well with the heat from the Italian peppers.
Not to be outdone by Bareburger (which I really like by the way and highly recommend) and all their burger choices: beef, elk, wild boar, duck, quinoa and more, I put together my own at home Ostrich burger.
There is a local vendor at the green markets around New York who only sells Ostrich so finding the ingredients wasn’t too difficult. Next up was thick cut bacon, which also isn’t a problem (if possible get the one from the meat counter where they cut it for you and not from the package.)
While contemplating what to plant in my garden box, tomatoes seemed like a natural choice. But what type of tomato should I plant?
I could have gone the heirloom route because few things in a garden are cooler than zebra tomatoes. San Marzano were next under consideration because this Italian gem is one of my favorites.
I spent half a weekend afternoon in Queens eating, drinking (coffee) and snapping pics along the way. I think I have a great 2 stop trip in the borough the next time you have friends and family in town.
There was a raspberry bush in a park near my house where I grew up. I’ll point out this was very much a suburban park but we would go pick those raspberries during the summer months.
What is so immensely satisfying about this little act of foraging. Perhaps it takes us back to our original days searching for seeds and fruit to sustain us? Perhaps it is just simple pleasures that allow one to take something off a vine and be rewarded with that little pop of natural sweetness.
If you were living in New York and wealthy at the end of the 1800’s what did you do with that money? Build an estate or vast gardens along the Hudson River, obviously.
This wealth lives on and can be enjoyed by current New York City residents and visitors.
Untermyer Park and Gardens is one such example. Located approximately 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan, you can take the train, car service, bike or drive your way to this venue.
I thought of this episode as I walked down the block to my local community garden and picked some hearty Red Russian Kale from my little 4 ft. x 4 ft. garden plot. But what to do with this bounty (of 6 leaves?)
Kale carpaccio, kale salad, kale smoothie, raw? I actually don’t know if kale carpaccio is a thing but it sounded cool so someone should do that and send me a pic.
A fifth year now the Harlem Arts Festival has come to Marcus Garvey park in Central Park. And another year it has been a shining example of the local arts scene and a fantastic community event.
The festival brought together over 43 musicians, dancers, singers and entertainers over the 2 day event. Also represented in the park were over 30 local businesses, artists and restaurants.
The Harlem Arts Festival is back at Marcus Garvey Park this weekend (June 25th-26th!) We covered the festivities last year and it really is a wonderful community event.
You can easily access the park by most NYC subway lines exiting at the 125th street stop and then a short walk. While you are in the neighborhood be sure to take advantage of some great restaurants, photo opportunities of historic brownstones and the local gallery scene.