It’s been a bit of a crap day (understatement), so in an effort to redeem the day, I made myself “summer on a stick”, aka grilled corn on the cob. And I thought I’d share that with you because even if for just a moment, it made me feel better. Slathered it with smokey, spicy mayonnaise and cojita cheese, so I guess it is Mexican-inspired. The goodness of summer.
In all the years of having this year website, I can’t believe that I haven’t posted my Obatzda recipe. What is Obatzda? It’s a very Bavarian cheese spread (similar to pub cheese), served with pretzels (brezn) or bread, and accompanied often by radishes (radi), red onions, and other things like gherkins and cherry tomatoes and so on. There is no *one* recipe for obatzda and certainly no right or wrong recipe. Some people add a bit of horseradish, some people a few tablespoons of beer. If you can’t find quark, some people use cream cheese mixed with a bit of sour cream. All work well.
It’s Summertime. Biergärten. Beer, obatzda and brezn. What I miss about Munich.
Whoo hoo! Tomatoes from my own urban garden. The influx has started and I think that I will be more than all set for toms for the rest of the summer. And they were delicious!
Ah, spuds. Potatoes. Those super versatile, no one is ever the same, full of carbs, but still ever so delicious bundles of goodness. I seem to have s number of different kind in my pantry and fridge right now, so I thought I would do a small series on their versatility. First up: a new version of the baked potato called a Shingled Potato Bake. Simple (just peel, cut, oil and bake) and yummy. Best done with starchy potatoes like Idaho / Russets. Great to accompany a roast on a Sunday.
There is something very comforting about potatoes. So simple, so homey. But you can easily dress them up too, and that is what this recipe does: moves them from comfort potatoes to “cool looking special occasion potatoes”. They are tiny (about the size of a large marble, or a quarter). If you can’t find them at a farmer’s market, they also sell them in 1 pound nets at Trader Joes. Add shallot, thyme, lemon and salt/pepper to some butter, and voila. Yummy. And comforting.