Located quite a distance from the 23rd parallel, my island is right there, through the living room, just beyond the French doors, and situated about two-thirds of the way from the wall in my humble kitchen.
This is the place where my fan club, my girls and the occasional guest, get to see the real me.
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Mediterranean Inspired .. So What's new ?
I wanted to play with a with a double wine theme today . I used white wine to cook my favabeans and red wine to braise the octopus.
Israeli Cous-Cous with sides of Fava Beans and Braised Octopus
The cous cous was prepared only with a bit of EVOO and S/P. I intended the toppings to provide the taste experience. The presentation was rustic, but your could obviously bring it to a realm of sophistication by using high culinary forms , creating a stack of ingredients. A base of cous cous, followed by a center of Octopus, topped with a packed layer of fava beans. A moat of the braising liquids could then encircle the neat tower. Imagine that !
The combination worked very well. And the fan club was happy happy.
Yesterday , was one of those days where I just needed to recoup from a very intense stretch consulting work. Longer days than usual, and lots of New York Metro pressure than I would like on a daily basis. So, with the weatherman telling me that we would have some fairly nice outlooks for this weekend, I decided to spend less time playing with my computers. My plans included included resuming and catching up with some of my blogging.. You've seen some of that already . But my highlight for the day was for me and my Queen to head down to Chinatown in NYC. Our plans: do some food shopping , correction some "window" food shopping and course, just take in as much we could of the Chinatown scene. Given that Little Italy is also right next door to Chinatown, we would stop there too. If you do not know, Manhattan's Chinatown nowadays contently fuses with it's Italian neighbors. Great combo, isn't it ? I sure do think so.