Monday, April 26, 2010

Ramp compound butter & sayadiyah

hit the co-op and returned with a bunch of good stuff. first I boiled last week's stinging nettles to try before they went bad...unfortunately, they're not especially good alone. while that was going on I made ramp compound butter (inspired by Jonny Meyer's ramp butter last season). pretty simple: blanched ramps, preserved lemon, salt and pepper mixed with room-temperature 83% fat butter from the co-op. The recipe I found called for fairly roughly hand-chopped ramps, so even through I made them finer than it recommended, I still think I'd rather use a multimix and get it really pureed, almost, next time.

still, tasted great. I rolled a log and froze it.

while the ramping and nettling was going on, I made a not-too-hard dinner from Claudia Roden: sayadiyah. really simple fish (catfish, in this case) with rice; tons of onions, but the only spice is a little cumin. doesn't look like much, but it's pretty good.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sweet potato latkes

an experiment using smittenkitchen's latke recipe, but with sweet potatoes instead.

they tasted pretty good, but sweet potatoes turned out to be a LOT harder to work with than regular potatoes; they were so stiff they didn't form neat balls and there were tons of flyaways that were more inclined to burn.