Wednesday, April 27, 2011
cook and bake. eat and laugh.
It didn't last.
paper & type, or to sweet Satsuki, who designs handmade (by her!) goods as zakka nouveau. I'll just say that through the magic of Twitter (I know), the three of us planned a baking day in my kitchen. It was amazing to watch these women work. Victoria had a conscientious meticulousness as she sliced lemons and rolled out perfect dough (then pierced the bottom of the crust in beautiful geometric patters -- no matter that her handiwork would be covered in lemon curd), and Satsuki lilted around the kitchen with natural ease, chatting happily as she formed pudgy little hamburger patties by hand. Don't be fooled by their delicate appearance: there is strength, intuition, and wisdom shining through these two.
the cutest bundle of buna shimeji mushrooms, powdered beet sugar, and two kinds of seaweed -- one imported from the motherland. And that's just some of her loot. But also, we got to recreate a variation of one of the recipes she posted, with quirky hand-drawn instructions for each step, on her blog. Though we went with snowpeas, her okra goma-e recipe is versatile enough for a variety of vegetable options.
Spice Station!), which we inhaled, and sweet-like-candy farmer's market dates.
The happiness-high of the past month made one thing clear to me. The psychobabblers and spiritualists are totally, completely, absolutely right: if you take the time to nourish yourself with quality, you will get results. Nourishing, quality literature* and music get me pretty far. But sharing in the slow preparation and eating of delicious, real foods with high-quality people goes an extra step to nourish both body and soul.
Hey, here are some recipes:
- Blood Orange Galette with salted caramel sauce, from Lottie+Doof. (Do you know this blog? You should. Totally crushworthy.)
- Lemon Tart, from Design*Sponge
- Satsuki's Okra Goma-e, from Zakka Nouveau (For snowpeas: Trim the end and cut into bites. Cook for a few quick minutes in a pot of boiling water. Chill snowpeas, and add sesame and other ingredients just before serving.)
* I recently started reading Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude. Halfway into the first page, I decided not to finish the other novel I was in the middle of. My god, life is too short to waste time on mediocre pap when there exists writing that is so achingly, deliciously good.