Monthly Archives: April 2008

25 Apr


Guardians: If you’re tooling around Monterey Park you might as well stop in at the San Gabriel Nursery. If you make it past the Orchid zone, the air starts to smell like Sweet Ozmanthus and pretty soon you’ll be trying to fit two pots into the back of your car. Not a bad way to […]
25 Apr

mangosteens in los angeles

If you don’t know what they are, don’t ask: These are the real things, though irradiated, from the garden of the unbelievably delicious. We used to buy them for 20 RMB a pound ($2.50, and that was the local “ben di ren” price”) in China, but these we had to shell out $8.99 a pound […]
24 Apr

coriander chutney

It’s not easy being green: You can get bunches of cilantro for 50¢ at the Hollywood Farmer’s market. What a deal. $1.00 worth gets you at least a day’s worth of chutney. We washed and dried the cilantro, stems and all, and put them in the Cuisinart with shredded coconut, ginger, jalapenos, 2 lime’s worth […]
24 Apr


Natural predators: these guys might not look so tough winding their way up to the best view of the garden but they’re on the lookout for aphids and mealybugs and all sorts of other pests. Grrr!!
24 Apr


Globes of light: these juicy balls are just getting pumped up with sugar. Come June we’ll have freshly squeezed juice coming out of our ears.
24 Apr

growing food

Teenagers: the progression of our little sprouts have become cauliflower and beets. So far so good.
23 Apr

walnut cheese volcano

Cheeeeesy explosion: molten gruyere cheese pouring out of a walnut sourdough boule is among the greatest sights in the baking world. Topping this is letting the overflow dry into what we call “danglers” and breaking them off into an open mouth.
18 Apr

boiling pasta water

The sublimity of boiling noodle water. Look for the smiley faces. 
18 Apr

almost naked portafilter

Training wheels: We can’t find a naked portafilter for our Europiccola La Pavoni (pre 2000), so we did the next best thing by taking the splitter off. Just twist and off it comes.
18 Apr

Bison Ragu 浆

When in doubt, add soy sauce: Bison from Lindner comes in many shapes and sizes, and ground bison is one of the easiest. You can salt lightly and eat it by the handful like salad in a bag, or you can toss it in a pan with garlic, tomatoes, soy sauce and a little bit […]