Happy Friday, everyone! We are breaking our Friday night pizza ritual tonight to host a couple of friends for dinner. I’m going all out Marcella for the meal: risotto with clams, fennel salad, and her walnut cake for dessert, with whipped cream. I decided to be lazy for the first course and resort to purchased cheese and fancy crackers. What are your plans this weekend?
In case you missed it, yesterday a bunch of Persian food bloggers did a recipe roundup for #Mehregan2014, the Persian festival of autumn. It was such fun to collaborate with these lovely folks and I’m looking forward to doing it again soon. My Thursday was a flurry of social media activity, and I must confess that the highlight was when Yotam Ottolenghi tweeted about Mehregan with a link to my recipe! I just about died.
I love any kind of series about what people eat around the world, including this one about children’s breakfast. I wish I lived in Japan or Turkey!
Sarah over at The Yellow House wrote about David Tanis’ lentil and sausage cassoulet with such excitement that I simply must make this dish in the next month.
This month, along with the members of Chowhound’s Cookbook of the Month club, I’ve been cooking from Claudia Roden’s Book of Jewish Food. When I first received the cookbook I was really excited about it, but so far, the dishes I have made have been pretty lackluster, especially in the seasoning department. Do you have this cookbook? Can you recommend some recipes from it? (After all, Ottolenghi cites it as one of his main influences so there must be some good dishes that one can unearth…)
Last week, I read this personal essay called “An Argument for Never Cooking Again,” and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Apparently, I’m not the only one. I’ve been putting my thoughts together on this and plan to share the post on Monday. Stay tuned, and have a fantastic fall weekend.
(P.S. The photo above is from a recent weekend lunch at FIKA, the cafe in the Swedish-American Institute, here in Minneapolis.)