This morning I was scouring the internet for some new ideas for dishes to experiment with. There are a couple of events coming up and I’ll bring a dish, so it would be fun to try some new things. Saveur always offers something fantastic, and I spent easily an hour wandering through their catalogue of recipes. I want to try the Herbed Tomato Tart, but perhaps not until I can buy tomatoes for less than $4 a pound. Instead, pears are readily available and easy, so maybe this Pear and Walnut Tart for one event, and this Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage for the vegetarian dish. I haven’t tried gnocchi before, though I love to eat it. I wonder if it’s hard.
At one time, that would have stopped me. I would have gone on to try something a little less daunting. These days, I’ve cooked enough bad dishes that if I don’t successfully carry one off, it’s not some overwhelming disaster, but an opportunity to learn something new. Anyone have tips for cooking gnocchi?
Also: I love this photograph, which is taken by Todd Sullivan, for Saveur Magazine. (It’s time for a new camera and the next step in lessons. I have a lot of photos of gardens and foods coming up, and it would be fun to get a bit better at it.) In this photo, the food looks easy and interesting and nourishing, but it’s the light that catches me, the quiet spirit of what feels like it would be a hearty simple meal. Just off screen, I imagine, is a decanter of some pleasant table wine and a crusty loaf of bread. A window overlooking a wild kitchen garden, dormant at the moment, but fecund in summer. What do you see?