|Green Roof's Bounty|
It is wonderful to celebrate the current bounty of our Green Roof Garden. All congratulations go to Chef Ilya Malachias who has made the garden, not only beautiful, but so very useful to our lunch program with a constant supply of fresh lettuces, herbs for our soups and delicious greens for braising. At the end of the year we get to collect all of this fresh produce and deliver it to a local soup kitchen for the enjoyment of people who don’t regularly get to enjoy nature’s sweetness. I’m posting a few photos on this blogsite to show how beautiful food is in its natural state.
|"HAVE A NICE DAY!"|
We have accumulated a really nice group of regular riders on my bus every morning who mostly come in from New Jersey to work. There’s Angie (who works as a Nanny), Elliott (an Accountant for ABC), Kathy (a Nurse who works for a health insurance company) and lovely Jane (the retired broadway Actress). Kathy, the Nurse, is a strong woman with a big personality and a big voice who always sees the funny sides of situations. Being a Nurse she is used to being in control, you can see it in that big personality. When she gets off the bus (66th Street stop) she tells everybody “HAVE A NICE DAY!” in such a way that you wouldn’t dare not do what she says. She is very sincere as she tells each person the same thing in the same way as she heads to the door “HAVE A NICE DAY!” And to the driver as she exits, “HAVE A NICE DAY!”. And she means it. Her order to “HAVE A NICE DAY!” becomes a kind of mantra in my mind for the rest of the morning.
|Let's Call in Indian Food Today!|
Of all the cuisines I know and enjoy, Indian cuisine is my absolute favorite. I love its bold flavors, beautiful colors and the way it satisfies. For me it is “comfort food”. Last year Chef Katie visited Pakistan during Spring break and was able to become more familiar with the food and how it is cooked. Today Katie has planned a menu of some of her favorite foods from that region.
|Recognizing Delicious Food Of Cuba!|
Wasn’t that a great weekend! It was so nice to be outdoors enjoying the sun and fresh air. Today is supposed to be another beautiful day. I wish today’s lunch could be a picnic in Riverside Park. However, being in the sunny Commons is a good second best! It’s going to be on days like today that we will really appreciate that facility.
Today, Chef Jose is cooking Cuban cuisine! After a weekend in which history was made with President Obama meeting and shaking hands with the president of Cuba, this lunch menu is well timed.
|Hoy Comemos la comida de la Republica Dominicana|
Today Chef Jose is cooking the food of his origins. Jose's family is from the Dominican Republic and I love when he cooks this food which is part of his soul. The delicious flavors and textures are exciting and oh so satisfying.
Here's what's cooking today:
|Let's Pretend it's Warm Outside|
Today, for our lunch at Calhoun, let’s pretend it’s warm outside. Imagine you are in a warmer climate. Let’s imagine we are in the warmer climate of the Aegean Sea, specifically, Greece. Our Chef Ilya spent two weeks there during the break. Lucky him! When I think of Greece I am reminded not only of the warm climate but also of delicious food, fresh and bold flavors, beautiful white scrubbed villages and the intense blue of the sky and the sea. I think of salty fresh feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh oregano, delicious seafood and the robust aromas and flavors of moussaka, pastitsio and sweet Greek pastries. Maybe these thoughts will be infused in our food today and make everyone look remember warmer days. Chef Ilya is cooking Greek cuisine!
|Oh my goodness!|
I can't believe it has been a month since I posted a blog on the website! I've got to be more diligent about posting what I write every day. This provides such a great way to share what we are doing with Calhoun families and with people outside of our community. And I love writing it. I hereby promise to be more regular in these posts.
For lunch today we have a homey comfort meal which should turn out to be a real crowd pleaser. Chef Andrew hails from Nebraska, yes I hear there really is a Nebraska but I've never been there. It's the only state in the Union which I haven't visited. That was because I never was 100% sure it was real. I'm believing it now and maybe one day I'll go to Nebraska on vacation! With the harsh winters there they need food that will really warm them up. That's what we have today.
|So Happy it's Friday!!!|
But, I won’t be staying in this weekend in my soft clothes and watching movies. I’ll be having fun at the New York Times Travel Expo at the Javits Center. Part of that show will be an area called “Taste of the World”. That’s where I’ll be representing, not only Calhoun, but also an organization called “Spoons Across America”. I’ve been on the Advisory Board for “Spoons” for a few years and what they do is joyous. Their goals are consistent with mine, one of which I feel very strongly about. That goal is to encourage family meals and the social aspects of eating together. Spoons reports that recent research has shown that children who regularly eat meals with their families are more likely to make healthy food choices and less likely to engage in “risky” behaviors such as bullying. So I’ll be there working with kids to “take a taste” to help them understand food and it’s many components. Maybe I’ll even seen some Calhoun families there!
|Laissez les Bontemps Roulez|
Yesterday was the most beautiful day we’ve had in a long time. It was a real tease. I wish we could have many more days like that but, alas, I think it’s going to be a long time before we do. Anyway, hopefully today’s lunch will put you in a warm frame of mind. Maybe even a party mood? How about make you feel “jazzy”? Today’s lunch is a menu of food from New Orleans!!!
It’s Chef Jose’s last day of his menu plan and he is finishing in great style! Here’s what’s cooking:
|Eating Old Clothes|
First, l want to thank Chef Ilya for some wonderful lunches over the past couple of weeks. How did you like that dessert yesterday? It didn’t matter that no one could pronounce the name of it, which was Ekmek Kataifi. But everyone was able to call it delicious!
Today, Chef Jose takes over the menu planning for the next 10 days. I’m so excited about today’s lunch menu and I’m pretty sure most of you will be too. Jose loves to cook the food from his background and today we’ll have some of his best! Here’s what’s cooking: