Blog Archives for tag Seattle food blog

shrimp fried rice recipe

Adventures in Seattle Produce, plus How to Make Fried Rice

So there’s a chance that I might be an official Seattleite. It hit me 4 miles in, as I was running down the street with 2 fistfuls of snow peas. Pull up a chair, this is a good one. I’ve been on the waiting list for a P-Patch garden since moving here, and finally snagged a plot this spring. Seattle has an amazing network of neighborhood gardens, and for about $25 a year, you can have a 10′ x 20′ patch of dirt to call your very own. I’m sure you can understand how I have an aching in my bones to do this…

Giraffe eyelashes in Amboseli.

South Indian Vegetable Curry

Of course I became friends with the Chef there, and he gave me a tour of his beautiful garden. We talked about what I liked to cook, and American markets, and how much comparable produce costs in the United States. He asked the english names of some of the plants he only knew in swahili, and I had to guess what some of the foreign bounty actually could be. He made this vegetable curry that will go down as one of my favorite food experiences – I’m quite sure – of my entire life.

Steak-with-anchovy-butter recipe

Steak with Anchovy Garlic Butter

First, buy a nice piece of steak. Talk to the butcher at the grocery store and ask him what looks good. Let me tell you – butchers love to talk to customers. Can you blame them? They’re cutting up carcasses all day. I’d recommend a cut of steak that tastes like steak – such as strip or flank, instead of something milder like a tenderloin. You can use whatever preparation you like to cook your steak – pan roast, grill, broil, and while it’s resting you can whip up this accoutrement in a matter of minutes. The flavor profile is equal parts salt, garlic, and rich cream, and it balances a thick meaty steak wonderfully…

seattle food

The Incredible Feast

The culture of nurturing a connection between food and table runs deep in Seattle. We have one of the largest networks of neighborhood farmers markets in the country. Some are year round, some are only during the summer; some are all produce, some feature local artists and businesses. All are a blast to wander through. On a sunny day, the neighborhood farmers market is jam packed with produce, kids, dogs, and laughs. It’s one of my very favorite ways to spend my weekend morning….

coconut-cake-recipe

Coconut Cake

Happy birthday to me! Well, to Seattle Palate at least. I can’t believe it’s only been a little over a year for this little food blog experiment; seems like I’ve botched more recipes than any one person should in a single year. But I have to admit that there have been some pretty good ones in there, too. I can’t think of a more fitting recipe for today than birthday cake. This is a special one; it’s my Dad’s favorite coconut cake. Unfortunately it’s not his Mother’s recipe – somehow it didn’t survive through the generations. But it’s a pretty good substitute. The white cake is light and fluffy and when it’s in your mouth it turns into a wonderfully creamy piece of coconut heaven. But then again I’m pretty biased – I think you could slather cream cheese frosting on just about anything and it would be wildly delicious…

mango recipe

Champagne Mangoes

I suppose to classify this as a “farmers” market find is a little bit of a white lie, unless of course you live in Central Mexico. Then you will be able to find these gems at your local farmers market. For the rest of us, it’s off to Whole Foods, which is where I found them last week. I don’t care if they came from Mars, these mangoes are A-MAZE-ING.

They have a beautiful, smooth, thick yellow-orange-pink skin, and the flesh inside is smooth as butter. I have always liked mangoes, but these are different. They’re sweeter than your run of the mill mangoes, and the flesh is less fibrous, yielding a really smooth, fleshy meat that will make you want to bite right into them….

ceviche-recipe

Shrimp Escabèche with Citrus Mojo

Just a quick post to tell you about the fabulous dinner we had at this month’s foodie potluck dinner. The theme was Tapas, and who can’t get on board for that? Tapas (or small plates) give you an excuse to eat 5 different things for dinner instead of just one. Sign me up…

rhubarb recipe

Rhubarb & Orange Crumble

The saving grace is that this must be the ideal climate for growing rhubarb, because it’s everywhere! There’s one plot at my local P-Patch that is almost entirely consumed by the gorgeous ruby stalks topped with huge fan-like deep green leaves. Even in the early spring months when everything else looked sort of bleak in the garden, the rhubarb was going like gang busters….