Monday, October 01, 2007
Happy October, everybody! Thank you for your kind comments about the sourdough post. I went away to Virginia for my mom's birthday this weekend, and was so happy to come back and find that it had gotten such a good response. I am having a lot of fun with it.
Well, the voodoo stew seems to have worked better than I could ever imagine! Clear, sunny weather and record-breaking warm temperatures have been hanging around, and I figure, as long as I keep getting warm days, I'll keep posting warm-weather foods!
On September 21, Daiku and I took advantage of the newly warm weather to pull out our trusty little hibachi grill to make some barbeque. This little cast-iron guy is very near and dear to our heart. We bought him very cheaply a few years ago when I was still living in California, and the heavy, sharp, rusty thing has managed to follow us to New York. (Let's just say multiple trips were involved).
The main course was some mock duck (canned seitan from the Asian market) marinated with a peppery barbeque sauce. Here is the duck getting basted with reserve marinade.
The salad was inspired by this beautiful ripe red pepper from the garden.
I used it, along with some fresh tomatoes and raw corn from the farmers market, some scallions, olive oil, and sherry vinegar to make a salsa. I've only recently discovered my love for fresh raw corn, and am snapping it up every chance I get. I figure it'll only show up at the market a couple more times, tops. This particular corn was white and especially sweet and tender. I may never cook corn again- seriously.
I then poured the salsa over a huge bed of spinach, also from the market.
Along with some garlic toast, plain corn on the cob, and some barbecued broccoli and green onions, (and some amazing grilled peaches that I forgot to photograph), this was a satisfying dinner for the last day of summer. The last day according to the calendar, anyway...
To be continued!