Last night I made this really healthy, beautiful and comforting rice bowl from Yotam Ottenleghi’s most recent cookbook, Plenty More. Are you familiar with his cookbooks? They are truly wonderful. They reflect his middle eastern heritage as well as his incredible talent for making vegetables sing. Yoton Ottelenghi wrote a vegetarian column for The Guardian for many years and now has four restaurants in London. His food is complex in its flavor profile and visually spectacular. Some of his ingredients are a bit illusive, but Whole Foods is a good place to start. Over the last few years, his cookbooks have pretty much rocked the food world.
Plenty More is divided into sections, one for each of twelve different cooking methods. This recipe comes from the steam section. What could be healthier? The rice is a short grain white rice and the vegetables are steamed one at a time in a miso broth. It is very simple. The dressing is peanuts, rice vinegar, chile flakes, maple syrup, peanut oil and black sesame seeds and is really delicious.
Dakos are Greek Husks or bread. I was not able to find them and had to substitute – think bruscetta. You can find this recipe in it’s entirety on the Ottelenghi website. Diced tomatoes, red onion, feta, black olives and capers – very pretty and simple to make.
My very exiting news is that, I was lucky enough to worm my way into the kitchen at Nopi (Ottelenghi’s more formal restaurant) for a week in February. I am terrified! It will be an incredible experience! I asked, they said “yes”; I don’t know what to tell you.
There’s great news on the America’s Test Kitchen outcome. Last Spring I worked at America’s Test Kitchen for three months while they filmed the 15th season of their television show. During the time that they were filming, my job was to be in the background cooking, chopping and generally looking busy. I was pretty worried about how it would turn out, but it looks like I am far enough in the background that, lets just say, you can’t see a lot of details. Phew! Here’s a link if you want to check it out. America’s Test Kitchen also airs on Saturdays at 3:00 pm. in case you are bored silly.
Last, but not least, I have been working with a couple of clients doing some private cheffing. I am open to working with people with special diets and would love to find one or two more clients. If you know of anyone who might need this type of service, please let me know!
PS I have added two links on the upper right of the page to my list of links. They are David Lebovitz’s blog “My Sweet Life in Paris” – recipes from an ex Chez Panisse pastry chef now living the life in Paris! And the New York Times “Eat Well” recipe blog. I love this one for everyday delicious, nutritious recipes written by Martha Rose Shulman.