Monthly Archives: January 2009

Curried Tofu and Chard

Lately I’ve been gorging on sweets. Everyday this week I consumed at least 3 coconut macaroons from Choice cafe as a treat shortly after eating a meal that is way out of proportion to my bodyweight. Just yesterday I ate a bag of japanese milk flavored chewy candy and proceeded to top it off with a stick of japanese strawberry flavored rubber consistency chewies. I came home and witnessed a sugar crash and couldn’t get myself motivated for at least an hour, I was a vegetable on my chair half conscious and as limp as an aging vegetable. Eventually I conjured enough energy to cook a meal. I felt guilty for wanting to eat again but I figured if I’m going to be a compulsive eater, I might as well compulse on healthy goods. So I took a recipe I found online and twisted it a bit for my dinner.

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I haven’t made any sort of stir fry variety in quite some time and thought, well, it’s time. I needed to eat something hearty and wholesome, healthy and lovesome. I cooked some basmati rice and sprinkled some japanese packaged rice seasoning on top and sauteed stir fry with chunks of firm tofu, chopped swiss chard, tomatoes, sesame seeds, a bit of cayenne, and indian spices. The recipe:

Olive oil

1 small onion, 3 small garlic

About 3 bunches of swiss chard

A few plum tomatoes

Sprinkles of: turmeric, garam masala, and cumin

Frozen peas

Few sprigs of thyme

Sesame seeds

Salt and pepper

Basmati rice with rice seasoning

In a medium skillet, heat oil and add onions and garlic and saute till onions soften, add tofu and cook until it starts to brown, tossing regularly. Add chard, tomatoes, peas and all seasonings to taste. Serve with rice on side. Makes 3 servings.

Delicious and healthy is in.

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Reader: Jan 29, 2009

– Guild and Greyskul’s 4 day wake. (via TONY)

– Download the art21 podcast on itunes. (via art 21)

– I don’t know that showcasing art in boutiques are about getting inventive. I really don’t like this idea. (via NYT & Artblog comments)

– Brandeis closing museum, but not selling. Make up your mind. (via artsjournal)

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– Strange statues around the world. (via c-monster)

– I just started subscribing to Domino and now they’re closing. Can I get my money back? (via NY mag)

– Art market recession report by Hrag Vartanian. (via NYFA)

– On Prospect 1 by Nicole Caruth. (via NYFA)

3227984393_a1dd0fa0da-thumbHacking road signs. (via wooster collective)

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– Long live shoe thrower. (via eyeteeth)

– Obama not as anal about jacket and ties in the white house. (via NYT and James Wagner)

– Can I have a lemon tree too? (via eat make read)

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Reader: Jan 28, 2009

– R.I.P. John Updike. (via NYT)

– The Recession and how to live through it. (via Arthur mag)

– Great museum shows across US. (via artlog)

Jon Kessler on guitar and harmonica, I’ve seen him play before and it was awesome. Playing Mar 6, get your tix now. (via performa)

kermit041– archive vs. kermit. (via i heart photograph)

Skating on Fridays at Prospect Park is cheap and late. Get them blades out. (via brooklyn based)

– More on Saatchi’s art reality competition reality show. (via art observed)

Petition in opposition to closing of Rose art museum. (via art fag city)

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Winners of the P.S.1 Young Architect’s Program. (via NYT)

– On R.H. Quaytman’s show at Miguel Abreu. (via art cal)

– Inflatable work kills two. (via artsjournal)

– 50 most loathsome people in America. The illustrations are great. (via c-monster)

– Brooklyn paper editor models nude for 3rd ward. (via Hrag Vartanian)

– Best artblogs in NYC. (via hungry hyena)

– How art theft works. (via matthew langley)

– A designer’s 85 notebooks. (via one day at a time)

– Suicidal man survives bridge jump. (via gothamist)

– Where to watch superbowl. (via gothamist)

– Sugar lumps. (via youtube)

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A Sweet Dinner for 16

On Sunday I hosted a dinner for 16 in my humble home. Attendants were mostly ladies, mostly artists, mostly fantasticisimo. I originally planned to invite about 4 to especially celebrate the greatness that are Keltie Ferris’ paintings, recently shown at Sunday gallery, but figured the more the merrier, and invited the ladies from a women’s art collective I am part of. One thing leads to another and wham bam, I’ve got 16 guests. Something about this number got me quite pumped and excited as I’ve never cooked for so many people, let alone so many artists/friends/acquaintance types, and just couldn’t friggin wait to menu plan, move furniture and cook up a raging storm.

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Menu planning: I searched all over tastespotting, the hundreds of blogs I subscribe to, a number of magazines I subscribe to, and past recipes I’ve tried. It was an entire day of listmaking, compare and contrasting, phone call tips, and a shitload of imagination. In the end I chose the following recipes:

Spinach and artichoke dip from the November issue of Saveur

Lima bean soup with wild mushrooms and chard from the February issue of Bon Appetit

Two whole roasted chickens rubbed in butter and herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage)

Tagliatelle with braised kale and ricotta from the wednesday chef

Morrocan spiced roasted vegetables from epicurious

Coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate from dlyn

I think the recipes are a good mix of cheesy, hearty, warm, chewy, meaty, vegetably, plus they were simple, not too expensive, and time friendly. Imagine if I were to roast tenderloins for 16? I’d be on the streets. My christmas dinners were a bit too heavy and cheesy and I had to make extra efforts to make sure I didn’t go that route again. Next time though I would like to venture into non continental food such as these and perhaps host a dinner fo traditional japanese food, or indian, or malaysian. hmmm…

So, the results?

FABULOUS!!

I couldn’t believe it went so well. I started at noon thinking I had plenty of time to cook all the recipes, but people started rolling in and I hadn’t even started on the last dish, the pasta, so chain smoking I did and freak out I did. But in the end each dish came out perfectly despite having rushed the chopping, the stirring, the boiling, the roasting, and the mixing. I was sooo relieved and even euphoric that everyone in the room, 16 of them fit just perfectly in my living room, everyone in the room seemed to be very pleased with the meal. I was one happy fella.

Some tweakings I’ve done to the recipes with not so many pictures, I’m a bad documenter:

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The dip required all sorts of cheeses which kind of grossed me out and it was a pain in the ass mixing it all in the processor but the spinach and artichoke part were amazing. I bought regular spinach not baby which was fine, and jarred seasoned artichoke which I’m guessing made it a bit more sour and flavorful.

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For the soup I didn’t find wild mushrooms so I bought 4 cases of regular mushrooms, they were probably stiffer and more rubbery than if I were to use wild ones. I used about 1 3/4 lb of the lima beans and I think I would like to peel the skin once they are soaked because the skins came off during cooking and that was weird. Swiss chard is so beautiful in its bright green hue and rich red stem but it all faded to a forest green once cooked. I added more mushroom water and regular water than called for, I felt it was too thick.

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The chicken was the easiest, just rub butter and herb mix and lemon under the skin and into its cavity hole and juice it up every half an hour. I bought two 7 lbs daddies and manhandled them into the oven and onto the dinner plate. They were amazing if maybe a bit dry. Perhaps I don’t put it in for 1 1/2 hours next time.

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The veggie chopping was time consuming but easy.

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I think they like it.

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This pasta recipe is one my favorites of all time, because kale is one my favorites of all time, the bitter tangyness resides in the neutrality of the pasta and gets even more zany combined with ricotta which is so wet and juicy of a cheese, love it. Boiling past for 16 was not easy, very very heavy in fact. I did forget to add salt so apologies if it was a little bland.

Some swooned over the deliciousness of the coconut macaroons.

As for the guests, half the people didn’t know each other but that really didn’t stop people from chatting while rotating, everyone seemed to be in high spirits and surely the endless supply of wine helped! I was so grateful to have such wonderful group of creative peoples in my home, and I think its safe to say I’ve won their hearts over.

I plan to have these supper club like dinners on a monthly basis, and my plan is to invite 3-4 people and have them bring guests and enjoy a dinner where you will always meet new people, and the next dinner around those 4 guests will be invited and they have to bring 4 guests and just go on to infinitum. Can’t wait.

More pictures on facebook.

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Ted Allen and Amy Sedaris Supper Club

Last Friday I attended the Ted and Amy Sedaris Supper Club dinner at the residence of starter Kara Masi. A total of 8 attendants (plus the 2 hosts)were there and I had a grand ol’ time.

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The food served consisted of butternut squash soup with bacon bits sprinkled over top, shrimp also wrapped in bacon, and grits with bits of corn. The best part was the creme brulee, torch watching was a treat in and of itself. The guests ranged in profession and hobby: a librarian, a fellow who makes things, Pratt students and administrators, computer techs, and a brooklyn museum employee. There was much to chatter about and everyone was surprisingly vibing to the stranger environment. It was a great alternative social project and a healthy convenient means to meet new people and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. I am curious to know what the other supper clubs that float around Brooklyn are all about.

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Reader : Jan 27, 2009

– “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea” Etta James: St. Louis Blues

– A dappier perspective in the economic crisis for museums. He’s in denial. (via artsjournal)

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– Love the mismatched chairs. More cool pictures of the house here. (via design sponge)

– Saatchi will host an art reality show. Who wants to be the next startist? (via Edward Winkleman)

Interview with Museum of Bad Art’s Michael Frank. (via Off Center)

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– Lowlights of revealing your vagina to the worst dudes. Hysterical!!! (via thrillist)

– A book explains that “art making evolved among humans as a means of demonstrating physical and cognitive fitness to potential mates” (via art observed)

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– I get mixed feelings about Julie Evan’s paintings, but these drawings are amazing. (via Artblog Comments)

– “If my vagina could appreciate art, what would it want to see?” Pipilotti Rist at MoMA of course! (via C-monster)

– Brandeis U’s Rose Art Museum has sunk. (via culture grrl)

– Turn your handwriting into font. Also, we’re on a post handwriting world. (via one day at a time and psfk)

– William Powhida’s narrative on the lemonade stand gone awry in Miami. (via William Powhida)

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– via Zoe Strauss

Gallery Honou will have a show on embroidery artists. (via craft zine)

– Edible Settlers of Catan. (via craftzine)

– Wood carved iphone holder. (via craftzine)

– This week’s sex diaries. (via NY mag)

– Hipster Run Off on being cyber bully. I love this blog. (via hipster runoff)

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T-tash. Nice bod. Nice face. Yum. (via notcot)

– 15 creative, innovative, hilarious parking solutions. (via notcot)

– Eyebrow dancing. (via psfk)

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David Horvitz. (via design is mine)

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– Cute photo decor project. And I’ve  been checking her blog for the last hour and am in love. with her. and her blog. and she’s in my neighborhood. You know what means… (via a cup of jo)

– Obama and Michelle. Fisting? (via free williamsburg)

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Reader: Jan 26, 2009

Dumbo Arts Center and Apex Art are taking curatorial proposals. (via art fag city)

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Babies in art. (via art fag city)

Art 21 on the “Reality Check” show at Met. (via Art21)

– I don’t believe artists should be obligated to repair their works. Even if it breaks. (via wall street journal)

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– You mean I don’t have to take off my gloves to check my iphone? Amazing! (via bloggy)

– Clinically depressed dog attacks former French prez. (via C-monster)

– Why appointing a culture czar is not a good idea. I don’t know if I agree. (via Culture Grrl)

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– Asleep on the subway blog. (via gothamist)

– Blogs go paper. (via gothamist)

– Taschen warehouse sale this weekend in the city. (via one day at a time)

– Michael Pollan on how to eat. (via fearless cooking)

– Wednesday night’s s’Mac down. Why didn’t I go? (via not eating out in ny)

– Good uses for broccoli stalks and save veggie scraps for stock. Save your beet greens too and use the way you would kale and chard. (via the kitchn)

– LA Times recipe index. (via the kitchn)

MAN was on WNYC today talking about Obama and if he’ll bring hipness to Washington. (via wnyc)

– Warhol plates. (via CB2)

– Evening with Jesper Just tonight! Unfortunately I have to babysit tonight. Luckily she’s the most amazing adorable godchild ever. (via MoMA)

– Where I REALLY want to be tonight is the talk with John Zissner discussing NY galleries and the art viewing experiencee. Dammit. (via artcal)

– Terence Koh is also a  model now. (via art observed)

– Jerry Saltz on the Vik Muniz Artist’s Choice show. (via NY Mag)

Interview with curator Elizabeth Smith on Jenny Holzer makes me wonder how indeed do we define political art today Winkleman not a fan. (via art 21 and Edward Winkleman)

More on the art advisory issue. (via culture grrl , looking around and artcal)

– Museum budget cuts range from 5 to 20 percent. No more cafe baristas and coatcheck militants (especially that pudgy guy with glasses at MoMA) and curatorial interns. (via artsjournal)

– Merill Lynch CEO spent $1.2 million on office redecoration. Absurd! (via c-monster)

Galleries on deathwatch. (via c-monster)

– Ping Pong match? (Pulling up my sleeves, crouching lower to the table, paddle in hand, starring at prey. Served! (via c-monster)

Obamameter (via c-monster)

– Amazing stop motion video. (via dailyopia)

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