A Taste of Spring
6 April 2011 § 4 Comments
This post is meant to about delicious green pancakes – spinach, lime, cilantro and chilli ones from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book, Plenty. But it’s not. We made said delicious, green pancakes on Monday. I got The Ladies™ involved in the mixing and whisking; we named them froggy pancakes; we even sang the Popeye song – “I’m Popeye the sailor man I live in a caravan”.
But, who would have thought spinach could be so offensive to four-year olds? Especially as both of The Ladies™ love kale and olives. One of them has even been known to devour clams and mussels. These delicious, fluffy pancakes were outright rejected. I was hurt. The evening got worse as I impatiently switched off my camera as it was downloading and lost all the photos. So, no photo, no post. I will make green pancakes again, as King Marv and I loved them, but one day when I’m feeling brave enough to cope with the rejection.
This winter has dragged on and on, and I need some inspiration to keep me going until new spring produce is bountiful. I am so excited as tonight I’m going to play dress-up chef. I’m going to ICE (the Institute of Culinary Education) for a class called Menu for Spring, run by Chef John Ash. He has his namesake restaurant – John Ash & Company, in Santa Rosa, CA and is big on local wine, and matching this with local and seasonal ingredients. He also does a lot of work with Seafood Watch so it will be interesting to get his views on environmentally friendly, sustainable fishing.
The menu for tonight sounds really good – Celery Root and Apple Salad with Smoked Salmon; Chard, Lentil, and Potato Soup with Spiced Oil Drizzle; Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde; Fregola with Artichokes, Olives, and Lemon; Meyer Lemon Curd Crepes with Blueberry Sauce. So I will try to post some pictures tomorrow, assuming I don’t delete them all by mistake.