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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Super Sandwiching - Part I
Question: What's a sandwich that takes two days to make gonna taste like? Answer: It better be something great! Well folks stick around for two episodes and you will see that this work won't disappoint..
Start with a base veggie mixture that is used during the long braising process. Coarsely cut two cubanelle peppers, two Poblanos, four celery stalks, six cloves of garlic, four small ripe tomatoes, and an abundant bunch of Italian parsley. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, ground corander, ground cumin and saute for two minutes. Then add two cups of water. Cook for two more minutes, then add the smoked pork shanks . Wondering where I picked those babies up ? The meat market on Arthur Avenue. Braise the smoked pork shanks until they are very tender and fall off the bone. Cool and refrigerate over night in their own jiuces and cooked vegetable base so that the flavors develop even further..
The day after, the vegetable base and juices will be pureed into a rich sandwich spread that will be used to coat the bread slices.
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.