I made @culinarynirvana 's TOMATO ONION SPICY CHUTNEY from her blog and I love the ease and simplicity of this delicious, healthy, and versatile condiment. It's a recipe with just a handful of ingredients and simplicity in cooking technique, which also yields the typical unctuous tongue-to-roof-of-mouth-snap of a good relished yum.
@culinarynirvana is a Chef with a wonderful gallery full of beautifully photographed works of her recipes. I'm often drooling over what she is cooking on her insta stories and wishing I could join her for dinner. She makes killer cocktails too! I'm in love with her handmade Japanese glazed dinner and serve ware. If I were at her house I might tuck one of those gorgeous bowls under my blouse and make a run for it. I only do shout outs that genuinely come from something that has inspired me on someone's IG account. I don't do shoutouts to gain brownie points or as a tactic to boost followers and likes. I'm not into the fame game and don't buy likes or followers, as I have no interest or foolish fantasy about being a TV cook. It's so much more meaningful to me to connect with a real and organic community of talented people who are passionate about food. Gayatri has been a wonderful presence on the list of people I follow and I appreciate her dedication to creating healthy Indian recipes. I never feel like I'm reading a lecture on healthful eating, which is an enormous turn off for me. Food is fun and when it becomes all about yawn inducing health advice, I start snoring with my eyes open.
I felt I needed to show off the beauty of this chutney by getting into my haute cuisine meets country cook styling. I also made two other delicious things out of this chutney, a chutney cheese toast with sautéed red Swiss chard and a luscious chutney lentil soup with goat cheese.
I was really inspired by my recent trip to Copenhagen and the serene sense of #hygge the food there embodies. There’s a lot of rough translations (besides “cozy”) but I liken it to saying “just enough”. The first word that comes to my mind to describe the food is “simple”. But I think the nature of simplicity is quite complicated (the irony!). There’s this core feeling of what “simple” represents for every person the Danish is able to capture so authentically and I find that very special. While I was at @AteraNYC I got a little taste of hygge under Chef Ronny, but being abroad made the concept much more immersive and tangible.
Well, coming home and trying to find my own simplicity in food has been painfully challenging. I mean, we are all multilayered people but I really began to wonder if I just didn’t have a good understanding of myself. I’ve settled on admitting that is indeed true, then began the existential line of questioning “who do I want to be?” I want to be smoked bone marrow ice cream, naturally, was the answer. No, I kid. I want to be unwavering. Timeless. Adventurous. An endless work in progress.
Here’s to a small step forward in finding myself in food: smoked bone marrow ice cream // chrysanthemum chiffon cake // fermented raspberry syrup // maple flakes // plated on @vertexchina