Posts Tagged ‘Yotam Ottelanghi’

Plenty. More.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Eggplant CheesecakeInspired once again by the “vibrant vegetable cooking” found in Yotam Ottolenghi’s PLENTY MORE, ChezHelvetica embarked on a culinary journey that led straight to heaven. Proof? Witness Eggplant Cheesecake. Roasted Eggplant stuffed with Baby Plum Tomatoes, freshly plucked Oregano, and a mixture of Feta and Cream Cheeses, Cream and Eggs created a truly celestial cloud of savory delight. A brush of Za’atar – a mixture of herbs and sesame seeds – finished the dish, adding the excitement of the Middle East. A bit more down to earth, yet divine in its own right, Grilled Steak Salad joined the table. Grilled Omaha Steaks Sirloin Steak and Red and Sweet Onions topped organic Arugula, also making a voyage to the Middle East with the addition of Figs and a pinch of Cinnamon to the Worcestershire Sauce Dressing. Garlic Focaccia Bread (left a tad too long under the broiler) and velvety Joel Gotts Zinfandel completed this delightful course. Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream, crowned with Strawberries and Almonds, was the final present of a very “In The Present” evening!

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THIS YEAR in Israel!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Seder:IsraelThe spiritual odyssey to find freedom – voiced for generations by proclaiming “Next Year in Israel” – achieved the pinnacle at this year’s Fish skewersPassover Seder at ChezHelvetica. Propelled by an upcoming trip to Israel by some guests and the incredible recipes in Yotam Ottelenghi’s “Jerusalem” (noted with *), the theme for our menu unfolded. Israeli Charoset, with Apples, Bananas, Pistachios, Walnuts and Almonds covered Yehuda Matzos, accompanied by White and Red Horseradish. Grilled Fish Skewers with Hawayej Spice Mix*, paired with La Crema Chardonnay, was the first course, followed by Clear Chicken Soup with Knaidlach* and its fragrant aroma of Ginger, Thyme Falafel:Hummusand Rosemary. Our honored guest (originally from Israel and celebrating a milestone birthday this very day), provided the most incredible Falafel, Hummus and Israeli Salad ever tasted. Luscious Fried Cauliflower with Tahini* and Couscous with Tomatoes and Onion* accompanied Middle Eastern Skewers of Lamb and Chicken. Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir, Cline Old Vines Zinfandel and Layer Cake Shiraz filled the “mandated” cups of wine for the heartwarming evening. A decadent Chocolate Cake from Tartine Bakery was the surprise dessert for this very special occasion!