Monday, April 14, 2014

Many pleasing dishes

Even effortlessness requires effort. That I'm fine with. Fussiness, however, I don't care for. Same goes for food. Thus:

White bean and tuna salad with spinach, etc.

Gnocchetti with asparagus, etc. No, I didn't make the gnocchetti, but it's nice to think so.

Simple spinach salad with sautéed haricot verts and red peppers.

More of the favorite bread. This time without sesame seeds.

And finally the famous NY Times chocolate chip cookies. The two distinctive features, as you may know: bread flour + cake flour and the overnight resting of the dough. A little salt on top helps too.

And then for a just-right combination of effort and effortlessness, some magnolia blossoms, just out.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I couldn't decide

—so I baked two quick loaves on Sunday: an oatmeal breakfast bread with currants and a chocolate tea bread. The latter is better but both are worthy.

And for simplicity and visual appeal and deliciousness, an easy kale, spinach, and chick pea salad.

As for the seasonal report: the forsythia is just out. A good sign, always.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Simply pretty

It's interesting: lovely things are frequently nearly effortless.

Here's a simple white bean salad that belongs in that category.

And here it is, plated, with chicken on a bed of sautéed kale. And a few dates, just because.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Officially Spring

—and sometimes the weather has seemed like it.

Regardless, we're on our way.

And here's a round-up of a few recent things....

Grilled sea bass on a bed of brown rice with sautéed spinach, toasted almonds, and dates.

Chick pea and chicken curry.

Two small loaves of my favorite bread.