feasting at home: January 2012

January 29, 2012

January 15, 2012

Oxtail Bánh Mì

Warning: the following contents may be unsuitable for vegetarians.



I've been curious about oxtail for a long time.
In truth, every time I have gone to pick it up at the grocery store, I have put it right back very quickly.
It just looks so strange...doesn't it?




As I sit here trying to write something even slightly intelligent about oxtail,
it occurs to me ... that I am not exactly clear about what oxtail actually is.
I mean, besides the obvious tail part.
The question I hesitate asking, which really must be asked is....what is an "ox" ?

January 7, 2012

Farro Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Almonds



Moroccan Farro with Kale, Pomegranate, and Almonds


After christmas, I met Tonia, dear friend 
and former Mizuna business partner for coffee.  
We talked about New Year's resolutions 
or something along those lines and she mentioned 
that instead of a picking a New Year's resolution, 
she likes to pick one word  to focus on for the whole year.  
For example, last year her word was "joy".  
She was still trying to pick her word for this year.  
After our coffee, I began thinking about what I wanted my word to be.   

If you were to choose one word, 
what word would you choose to focus on 
for this year? 




The word lighter kept coming to me.  
Not lighter in the physical sense. Lighter as in... less stuff. 
And perhaps emotionally.  
Shedding things and shedding emotions
 that I have stubbornly held on to - long past their expiration date.