All posts filed under: Light Lunch

Lobster Roll

Maine lobster spring rolls with avocado, pineapple & vanilla coconut sauce. Perhaps, when we think of spring roll’s, we think of fatty, deep fried, brown rolls that are usually dipped into an undefinable sauce.  Although this calorie packed food has its place, there is, I believe, a much better and healthier alternative – the Vietnamese style spring roll!  In contrast to the well known, deep fried spring roll – which is most likely made using flour, the Vietnamese roll is made with rice paper and is often eaten without cooking.  This is a food you may find in a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant and is mostly served with a sweet peanut sauce. I truly enjoy working with rice paper and in my opinion it is actually a quite perfect food.  It has hardly any calories, it is made from rice, it can be eaten without cooking and you can use it in sweet or savory applications. For our wonderful dish, we decided to combine lobster and avocado, which are both delicious served slightly chilled – it is summer after all! …

All About Kohlrabi

This is a vegan dish that I created based on Kohlrabi – one of my favorite vegetables when I grew up. Kohlrabi is a crossbreed of cabbage and radish and the resulting dish is perhaps one of the better dishes I have developed in recent years.  To create interesting and satisfying vegan dishes  is quite a challenge!  I believe that this dish is a pleasure to eat – with plenty of crunch, spiciness and flavor. When I was young we would eat a lot of raw cut vegetables for dinner where kohlrabi played a major roll – among cucumbers, radishes & tomatoes.  Kohlrabi is awesome and comes in both green or purple varieties.  Both vegetables taste and look the same once peeled.  Although it is not the easiest vegetable to prepare, I really love Kohlrabi.  For this dish I combined three components – each with different preparations. The components of the Kohlrabi Braised discs: we peel & trim (keep trims) the kohlrabi and slice 1/4″ thick slices and braised them in a vegetables stock until tender. Ribbons: we …

Spinach Gnocchi, Goat Cheese & Fiddlehead Ferns

This dish was centered around fiddle head ferns which have a relatively short season. They are not anything spectacular or super special but merely a detour from the daily grind of boredom and familiarity.  I wanted to feature the ferns in a vegetarian dish that was simple and fun.  Spinach gnocchi seemed like a good idea – paired with some fresh goat cheese and of course the sautéed ferns. We received ours from dartagnan a premier supplier of all things special, free range and extraordinary.  When we first received the ferns we washed them well since they are growing in the wild.  Next a quick blanch (1 gallon water & almost 1 cup of salt) followed by a quick shock in ice water.  Fiddlehead ferns are best sautéed in butter, (clarified) with salt and pepper. Gnocchi ? Potato Dumplings! As for the gnocchi they were relatively simple to make.  While I am not a particular fan of Italian cuisine, I don’t really consider gnocchi to be Italian, except for the name.  I call them gnocchi’s because I …

Wild Smoked Salmon Crepe

I have always had my reservations about putting salmon on the menu.  While I am still very picky when it comes to this fish, the only one I will ever consider is caught in the wild and thus is very seasonal.  Because salmon season happens to be right now, we opted for some wild caught & smoked, sockeye salmon. Beautiful sockeye salmon distinguishes itself from the herd by its deep orange and vibrantly red color, delicate flesh, and its rather small size.  It also has a price tag of $17+ per pound.  Salmon is not a bad fish, however, since virtually every restaurant in the US now seems to have salmon on its menu, demand has dramatically risen – and so farmed salmon is born!  Even though every fish supplier tends to swear that their farmed salmon is different from the other, the fish is still farmed and represents nothing compared to its wild counterpart.  When you receive farmed fish you will notice its pristine appearance, perfect size, and uniform look.  In  contrast, when you receive …