Happy 2015! I hope you’re feeling inspired by the start of a new year. I’m grateful for the week I had off, it was good to get away from my computer and just cook fresh food, light fires in the fireplace, and read. Where I was staying, there was a copy of Ruth Reichl’s new novel Delicious!. I read it all the way through. What a pleasure. Lots of sensuous descriptions and a fun, fantastical plot.
Speaking of sensuous food, pomegranates are still in season. Here are some ideas for what to do with them, plus my instructions on how they should be opened.
We’re back with another dinner tomorrow night. The menu is below. As usual, we’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10 pm, no reservations. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923. Hope to see you!
Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday January 12
Sabzi Khordan, herb and cheese plate with bread, radishes, and walnuts
Borani chogondar, yogurt with shallots
Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with butternut squash and walnuts, with nigella seeds and spicy relish
Ash-e torsh, sweet-and-sour dried fruit soup with ground lamb meatballs
Balyg Kyukyusu, Azerbaijani smoked fish and herb omelet
Khoresh-e Karafs, lamb and celery stew with parsley and mint
Jujeh kebab, chicken kebab in saffron marinade
Ranginak, walnut filled dates topped with sweet, spiced roux
Bastani, saffron gelato topped with pistachios
Cocktail: dried lime tea with Prosecco
Photos by Sara Remington