Crisp Cucumbers with Fresh Mint and Lime

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Salad Course

Here’s a verdant quickie to brighten up your dinner.

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Cukes, striped-peeled, seeded.  Fresh mint (from the new urban garden!). Lime zest and juice.  Let’s get to the knive.

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Drizzle of good olive oil, crack of fresh pepper.  Throw of sea salt.  Call it a monochromatic salad.

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Toasted Almond Mint Pesto

May 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Side dish, Summer Meal

Here’s a little something-something to smear over a bite of your juicy grilled lamb chop…

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Almonds, oven or stovetop toasted.  Chopped garlic. Cracked pepper, sea salt and fresh lemon juice.  A big fist of mint. All smashed together with a mortar and pestle.  Well, actually it’s the molcajete we use for guac, but same diff.  Stir on in a good pour of fruity olive oil and call it a pesto.  

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A great addition to a lamb dish.  Or tossed in fresh pasta, smeared on crusty bread, mixed into a salad dressing…..  

 

 

Urban Herb Garden

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Cravings

The Tot and I headed up Harlem way today to the Urban Garden Center. Garden stuff was plentiful and fun to explore.  Even better was the unexpected sweet sounds of 70’s music – vinyl spinning on a real turntable.  And ice cold beer with wood fired Korean pork bbq, all nestled in the open air right under the Metro North mid-Park Ave at 116th-117th.   Could have stayed all the day long.  The stated purpose of the trip, however, was to populate the patio with a small urban herb garden.   So here is day 1 of the effort:

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Thyme, rosemary and mint.   And here’s a pork kebab from the Urban Garden Center hot off the fire, with some homemade pickles and spicy slaw:

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