Something’s Brewing

February 1, 2013

This morning I was faced with a bit of a dilemma with grind coffee beans to brew a pot of espresso.  For the past few days I’ve been cooking and been quite pleased with the results. From the multi-grain oatmeal with poached pears and greek yogurt to the chu-che curried lentils and the gyoza and mushroom & barley soup my kitchen has seen more action than a Golden Girls’s bedroom.

So what’s the problem, you might query? Well, I am out of quart containers and freezer space for one thing but the other is I took little-to-no photo’s documenting this outpouring of culinary productivity. While the media has been covering the foodie-photo-op and it’s pervasive/permissiveness (and please, tweet me you feelings on food pics at @TheHungryTiger #foodphoto) I realize some folks are bored by reading pure text online.

If you are reading this you know that my tweeting and tumblring happens far more often than updating this blog. But is it better for me to post what I have been cooking and creating without images or not to post at all? I’m sure the answer is the more I post the easier it will be to remember to add content moving forward and perhaps I can slip in some pics retro actively when I make the dishes again further down the line.

So then here is my Hearty Morning Oatmeal recipe. I catered a dinner a few weeks back where the final course was Cabernet-Poached Pears with  Cardamom-Ginger Gelato and I still had a few left over. What better way to elevate breakfast while clearing out s little extra space in the fridge!

 

HEARTY MORNING OATMEAL

3/4 cup steel cut oats

1/3 cup quinoa

1/3 cup raw sliced almonds

2 Tbl amaranth 

2 Tbl flax seeds

3 Tbl raw coconut oil

1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/4 cup chopped candied ginger

3 cups water

1 cup 100% cranberry juice

Yields 4 cups

 

In a 4qt saucepan heat the oil and flax, amaranth and toast briefly. Add the oats and stir slowly getting a nice coating of oil and heat on everything. This gives a richer depth of flavor  and nuttiness to the oatmeal; the grains should start popping slightly.  Add turmeric and water followed by juice and vanilla.  Bring it all to a boil and simmer stirring occasionally 20 minutes. Add ginger and cook 10 minutes more.  Garnish with Greek yogurt and serve!

I will often make this at the top of a busy week and batch it out to have ready to go before running out the door to work, plenty of healthy heart energy to last all morning.

You can tweak this recipe all you want- swap out the turmeric for a combo of cinnamon and nutmeg for a more “traditional” oatmeal or cardamom and dried peaches instead of the candied ginger.

 

 

 

Perhaps the World Ends Here

BY JOY HARJO

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

 

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

 

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

 

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

 

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

 

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

 

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

 

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

 

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

 

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

 

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

 

Food is not just my profession; food is my passion. If I am not managing my floor staff or cooking for my private clients or catering an event or conducting my food tours or reading cookbooks or tweeting cocktails or referring friends that call me up and say, “We have 2 people and a baby and are in the West Village and want somewhere to bring the dog and eat Italian comfort food- where do we go?” to head to Barbuto, then I’m likely trying to figure out a way to get on TV and share this passion of mind and desire to teach people not to be afraid of food. Food isn’t porn- you can eat it and touch and and get your fingers dirty creating it- go out there and read about wine or taste a fresh pear or cook a chicken with you kids and eat the gizzard together but embrace it as the sustenance that it is and not as some liposuctioned, photo-shopped, hairless, glossy ideal but something incredible that no mater how amazing or horrible it is, we are still going to shit it out the next day and get on with the important things in our lives.

The Superman Musical

June 2, 2012

The Superman Musical

listen, i know it’s not food for the belly but wow- feast your eyes & ears on this hot potato!

Ah that early morning lift-off for Mexico was marvelous as were the days and dishes that followed (perhaps through a distortion of the time-space continuum I’ll decant and recant those day as promised) and well, I find myself sitting here nearly 8 months later eager to paint a picture of the most recent events.

Let me say that the holiday season was a gas! Such merriment both personally and professionally and a good time was had by all (I do so love sneaking a peek from high above Rockefeller Center to see the skaters pirouetting and zipping before the imperial tree brazenly flashing it’s new baubles to the rest of the out-of-towners like some gaudy necklace waiting to be snatched away on a darkened subway platform, all the while the denizens of the City clink glasses and chase canapé oblivious to the beauty outside those historic windows).  Spring has been a treat this year. Firstly, there has actually been “Spring” in New York City and not the usually 3 days of temperate weather before being slammed headfirst into Summer’s withering glory.  Please take note Mother Nature that I prefer precipitation at it’s proper pace;  I welcome the rain but the Wonderland was lost without the dazzle of snowflakes.

Currently I’m up to my elbows in projects. I’ve a few parties of my own this summer and a few more for my clients; champagne toasts for Summer sunsets post-marriage vows and rooftop clambakes overlooking Central Park take lots of planning. Perhaps you’ve seen posters plastered about the subway system lurking like some second rate coquette looking to hitch a ride? Dear Reader let me assure  you those are not The Original Hungry Tiger GRUB CRAWL and as soon as I catch my breath I’ll be announcing my latest tour shortly.

Finally I know my twitter account is linked below this post somewhere but for those of you interested in 1 stop shopping a few snapshots of some of my most memorable meals and moments of late.Tucking into opening Night at Mission Chinese NYC

 

As I write this (thanks to the wonders of modern technology,in a cab on my telephone) I am speeding towards the airport about to embark on an exciting gig. It’s been awhile since I’ve been cooking privately as Web Crawls and Diners and catering has filled my days of late but I’m so eager to rough-up my calluses again and to do so in a country that I’ve always dreamed of visiting yet have never before had an opportunity to set foot in- Mexico!
Keep you eyes peeled for a peek inside my trip, with pictures recipes and more!

“Face it Hungry Tiger…

September 29, 2011

you just hit the jackpot!” (art by John Romita, Sr)

 

————> all highlighted names and places below are links

————> click on the names for links to purchase tickets or for more information on the folks featured!

Truer words were never spoken. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be leading a very special Grub Crawl on Wednesday October 12, my own personal lead-in to this year’s New York Comic Con.

Well, here it is True Believers! Hungry Tiger’s First ever WEB CRAWL!

Joining me for this event will be a trio of MARVEL COMICS most voracious staff; global gourmand , C.B. Cebulski (New Talent Scout), the incomparable Tom Brevoort (Senior Vice-President) and web-slingling scribe Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man)! We will be covering the streets of New York City through the eyes of is most MARVELous denizens; The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more!

Tickets are $100 per person and space is very limited for this event and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets are on sale now.  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

‘Nuff Said.

Since M Wells Diner shut it’s doors during August’s final throes (has it only been a few weeks?!) I have been keeping myself busy with numerous side projects; expanding my wine knowledge, setting up a few private chef events (Mexico, here I come) doing a few guest spots as a Maitre d’. Exciting as these are I knew it was time to get the Grub Crawls up and running again. I mean, this is how it all began for me, walking the City streets, tasting everything she has to offer and sharing it with the world. I knew I would have to do something a little different, something with a bit more pizzaz as it has been so many months since I Crawled officially. Then a little bird whispered in my ear…or was it a radioactive spider?

How about if I combined two of my most passionate pursuits? For those that know me well I am a giant comic book geek. No, really I must have about 350,000 comics in the basement. And clearly I enjoy food in all it’s related facets; could I somehow find a way to link them together, the way the guys on the podcast A Taste Of Comics do? I CAN! I HAVE!

So, without further ado I am very excited to announce  the first ever Hungry Tiger WEB CRAWL! Come fly through the streets of New York city as I explore the super snacks and favorite fare of Marvel Comics heroes, just in time for New York Comic Con ! That’s right, for the first time ever I’ll be joined by some very special guests as we take a very lucky group from the bowels of Yancy Street to the heights of the Avengers Tower, through Dr. Strange‘s neighborhood and into the unknown, feasting and drinking in a manner that would make Volstagg peckish!

Details to follow shortly. For more information follow me on twitter @TheHungryTiger  #hungrytigergrubcrawl !

’nuff said!

What a wonderful time was had by this year’s first group of Grub Crawlers!

The Spring has Sprung (2011 edition) was a success not in the least bit due to the wonders of Mother Nature and to the voracious appetites of those intrepid folk who followed me yesterday into the sunlit streets of NYC. As I was putting the final touches on yesterday’s event it dawned on me that it was the first time I’d embarked on a Sunday Crawl.  Wow- so many people in the world that are off on a Sunday, lol!

Fortunately all the vendors welcomed us with open arms and while we were met with a few  more lines than usual the rewards were there in the belly; roasted pork, stewed pork, glazed pork belly and lest we forget creamy tofu, rare cheeses, mouth- watering chocolates and rich single-origin coffee.

Thank you to one and all for making yesterday such a success!

All’s Well…

March 29, 2011

I have been quite remiss in keeping up with my blog but I have been wrapped up in so much excitement and a whole new experience in life that i cannot possible share it all at once. Suffice it to say the more things change the more they stay the same. So, on to the big news…

I am no longer cooking.

Not professionally anyhow.  I have stepped away from my apron and my whites sometime after the holidays last year to begin my new position as…a server. Actually my “Front Of the House” journey began years ago with my first summer job- a campground with rental units and a big family-style breakfast and dinner menu located at the main house.  As one of many young kids taking on responsibilities of a big time 3 month commitment we were trained not in the French internship style of dishwasher/slave working you way up the ladder but in a cross-pollination method that has served me well all these years later; one day scrubbing pots and pans, the next afternoon cleaning cabins, the next prepping food for the Wednesday excursion to one of the nearby islands for the weekly  New England Lobster Bake, followed by cooking breakfast and in turn waiting tables before returning once more to the kitchen. For me to walk away from the plancha and onto the floor is a natural transition.  Now then, where have I landed you might ask?

Last summer I had the good fortune to stumble upon a crazy little diner in Queens. I can rembemer exactly what  my friends and i ordered, to start, chicken-friend chicken skins with a lemony mayo accompanied by a teensy pickled carrot that i later learned came from the rooftop far a few blocks away. She had a crabmeat and creamed corn hash with a poached egg and hollandaise suace while i enjoyed a monster of a breakfast sandwaich; two ends of a homemade english muffin craddled and in-house sausage patty, sliced tomato from the aforementioned garden, scrambeled eggs, smoked cheddar, slathered with mayo and cut with fresh pickled jalepenos. As we sat at the communal table i took three bites into the meal i asked the waitress if they were hiring

“What are you looking to do?”, she asked smiling as if she already knew i’d found my way home

“Anything!” I replied.

I came back 2 days later with another friend (this time we shared a Shepard’s pie-like dish of braised pork tongue and creamed corn gratineed that we nearly lost our minds over) holed-up in one of the original booth’s with a laptop tweaking my resume and emailing to the proprietors.  Skipping ahead a few days (& past the killer coconut cream pie) i returned to be interviewed.

The rest as they say is history and I have been so proud to be associated with such a unique and vibrant restaurant. I haven’t felt appreciated at a job in all my life and I would like to take this moment to personally thank Sarah Obraitis and Hugue DuFour for creating such a earnest and rewarding workplace.  These two care so deeply about the food and the customers and the staff and it shows in every plate and every staff meal and each and every rave from the tables about what they have created.  They have also pushed me to become a better server and  learning about wines and I’m taking on more responsibilty with each passing day, all the while asking me “When is you text tour?”.

So here I am, waiting at M Wells Diner in LIC, Queens and hosting the next Hungry Tiger Grub Crawl on April 17th 2011.

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