Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

http://feeds.101cookbooks.com/~r/101Cookbooks/~3/zthBSoh0INM/food-flowers-and-photography-traveling-around-india-recipe.html

This is just a quick post to highlight some of the videos and photos I posted related to my recent India trip. Its for anyone who missed them as I was traveling, or anyone wanting to catch some glimpses of what traveling around India might be like! I posted a bunch to my Instagram account, and set up and India collection of video clips (which you can see on your phone) as well. This was the second time I've been to Delhi (and then Rajasthan), and it was as inspiring as the first. It was rickshaws and thali plates and rich, thick garlands of roses and marigolds. It was long dusty walks, faded floral fabrics, and market baskets filled with ladyfingers and bright green desert berries. The palaces! The forts! The traffic! It was deafening horns, and morning chanting, and gin and tonics, and getting sick, and then getting better. It was old trains, and desert blooms that blind you (literally), and kids in lots of denim with huge smiles, phones in hand for selfies.

To see the videos - if you're looking at my Instagram profile on your phone, you should see the INDIA collection. Beyond that, you can click on the location tags and hashtags to see where I am, or get more info. It looks like this:

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

I also posted a good number of photos, but they'll get pushed down my feed over time. In the short term, look for them here:

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

If you're curious about how I ended up in Rajasthan for the second time in five years, here's the story. Those of you who have been longtime readers know I like to take a class or workshop every year or so - whatever inspires me, or whatever I want to dive a little deeper into. Over the years I've done color photo printing classes, letterpress intensives, most of the G.I.A. labs - it all somehow weaves itself into my work at one point or another. I'd been looking for a serendipitous sign to pull me back to Rajasthan, and when I got an email from these two legends / superstars / favorite people, saying they were teaching a workshop in there. Exactly! I was in. This lady ended up being my roommate (leap of faith!), we had a blast, and are already scheming the next adventure. Maybe to the South next time?

I hope you enjoy the photos, there are so many more I haven't had a change to process yet. I shot a lot of portraits on this trip, and might wrangle them into a collection of some sort. Long way of saying, more to come.

Continue reading Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India...

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus (with Variations)

http://feeds.101cookbooks.com/~r/101Cookbooks/~3/BCxqNNQ-UbY/melissa-clarks-instant-pot-hummus-with-variations-recipe.html

I've been having quite a lot of fun playing around with different Instant Pot recipes over the past few months, but one recipe has emerged as a breakout. It's the one that keeps my Instant Pot on my counter instead of under it. You ready? It's the hummus from Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant. I find myself making it once or twice a week (no joke!). Because, who doesn't need nearly effortless containers of hummus in their refrigerator all week?

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

The recipe yields a silky, smooth hummus, and once you nail the method, the variations you can do are endless. I love to take it in different directions, and the version you see photographed here is fortified with a couple generous handfuls of spinach. I'll also including notes related to a few other favorite variations down below as well. Because, as much as I love classic, straight-forward hummus, I also like to make an herb version, a spinach hummus, there's a beet version, and (pictured here) berbere spiced hummus - maybe my favorite version yet?!. It goes on and on.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa uses some interesting techniques here, and it results in a beautifully smooth, billowy hummus - without having to peel each individual chickpea! I think the biggest positive impact on the texture comes from making an ice watery paste with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, and then working in the chickpeas from there.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Hummus Variations:

Berbere Hummus (pictured above): The version pictured here is flared out with berbere, a spice blend typical to Ethiopia and Eritrea. I like the berbere recipe in Josef Centeno's Baco cookbook. But if you don't have it, google around for another version online. To make the berbere-accented hummus, add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste!) of berbere spice to the blender with the other ingredients. Also, sprinkle on top of the hummus, after drizzling with olive oil.

Beet Hummus: throw a small, peeled (yellow, orange, or red) beet or two into the pot long with the chickpeas, and proceed with recipe. Alternately, you can add the beet raw to the blender.

Herby Miso Hummus: Add a dollop of this wintery miso paste to the blender,

Turmeric-soaked Chickpeas with Yuzu and Black Pepper Hummus: I'll post my technique for these chickpeas soon (working on it!), I season that hummus with a generous splash of yuzu juice, you can find alongside Japanese ingredients on occasion in well-stocked grocery stores. Also, lots of freshly ground black pepper.

If you don't have an instant pot, you can still use these ideas, just start with cooked (canned will work) chickpeas. Also, for reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Continue reading Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus (with Variations)...

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

http://feeds.101cookbooks.com/~r/101Cookbooks/~3/86OyuG2QhK8/10-recipes-that-teach-you-how-to-cook-asparagus-like-a-pro-recipe.html

Asparagus is the workhorse of the springtime kitchen. Unlike the fussier darlings (I still love them), fava beans, peas, and artichokes, all of which require copious amounts of preparation time. Asparagus is relatively simple. Instead of partaking in tasks like shelling, trimming, and de-choking, asparagus can be at its pinnacle with a simple trim, quick blanch, drizzle of oil, and dusting of salt. We get pencil thin asparagus here, as well as asparagus thick as a candle - and everything in between. Here are a range of asparagus winners that will teach you how to cook asparagus like a pro. Happy spring, and enjoy!

1. A Simple Aspragus Soup - (101 Cookbooks)
A great starter recipe. Everyone should have a good asparagus soup in their back pocket. This one is tops - fresh asparagus, new potatoes, a bit of green curry paste, and coconut milk are pureed to make this spring favorite. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

2. Avocado Asparagus Tartine - (101 Cookbooks)
An excellent impromptu springtime lunch tartine: avocado smeared across toasted day-old slabs of sesame bread, layered with arugula and garlicky caraway asparagus + toasted pepitas. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

3. Grilled Asparagus Plate + Cilantro Pepita Pesto - (Sprouted Kitchen)
Cheers to spring produce from Sprouted Kitchen. Love this simple preparation with the pesto. It has a surprise kiss of chipotle in it, along with a hint of lime. Perfection. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

4. Weeknight Ponzu Pasta - (101 Cookbooks)
All things green in a quick, weeknight pasta option. It's feel-good food that won't weigh you down - ponzu dressing, green vegetables, and the pasta of your choice. Swap asparagus in for the green beans here, and you're all good. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

5. Shaved Asparagus and Shell Pea Salad With Rhubarb Vinaigrette - (Hungry Ghost)
Spring magic with a rhubarb vinaigrette. Shaved asparagus with all the things fresh and green. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

6. Asparagus Stir-fry - (101 Cookbooks)
A favorite stir-fry recipe. Asparagus and tofu form the base, but it has quite a lot going on beyond that. You get a bite of tang from the lime, heat from the red chiles and fresh ginger, mint and basil cool things down, and a touch hoisin sauce gives you just enough sweetness to balance it all out. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

7. Fava Bean and Asparagus Salad - (Bon Appétit)
Love this Alison Roman recipe. Also, a good opportunity to get your fava peeling fix on, if that's what you're in the mood for. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

8. Asparagus Cilantro Salad - (101 Cookbooks)
I love this salad so much. And, unless you absolutely loathe cilantro, you must try it. Simply cilantro leaves and stems tossed with a simple shallot-forward soy sauce dressing, plus peanuts, and asparagus. So good. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

9. Grilled Asparagus Spring Rolls - (Bojon Gourmet)
Yes to spring rolls. Yes to ginger lime dipping sauce. Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

10. Asparagus Panzanella - (101 Cookbooks)
A simple asparagus panzanella - a quick, mustard buttermilk dressing accents good asparagus, alongside crusty shards of toasted bread, and a dusting of sesame seeds. Shred a hard boiled egg over the top and you've got an even more substantial meal.Get the recipe here.

10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro

Continue reading 10 Recipes That Teach You How To Cook Asparagus Like A Pro...

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

http://feeds.101cookbooks.com/~r/101Cookbooks/~3/k9vuhTAUB74/tripleoat-breakfast-cereal-recipe.html

I keep a big, double container of this on hand for days when a quick breakfast is in order. It's one of a handful of custom cereal blends I like to keep in rotation - there's also this one, and this one. The big-batch thing is the magic. Especially if you're at all lazy, but still want a great breakfast. The thing that makes this cereal blend different? It's oat centric. So, if you're trying to work more oats into your diet, make this a go-to. Rolled oats and oat bran In addition to unsweetened O's cereal form the oat trifecta, with puffed kamut added for more crunch, and freeze-dried blue berries for a boost.

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

Like I mention related to the other cereal blends, I'm including the recipe for what I think of as my "master" cereal recipe, but use it as a jumping off point, and don't get hung up on whether you can track down the exact cereals I use.

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal

Continue reading Triple-Oat Breakfast Cereal...