Kos & Wyn

DARLING DIARIES, 13 February: THE MEANING OF A TABLE

A dinner with friends is about more than just food. In ancient times, this was the time, and the only time, the family could get together, around the dinner table, however primitive it might be this dinner table. An empty table promises not only a meal but, for a short while, a kind of happiness

ON BREAD ALONE…

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Kaap, Kerrie en Koeksisters

Kaapse Maleise geregte is deesdae baie gewild. Gerard het saam met tweelingsusters Fatima Sydow en Gadija Sydow Noordien aan huis in in Landowne gekuier. [...]

  • Killer Bee (Mezcal, Lemon, and Honey Cocktail)
    on 7 July 2020 at 4:18 pm

    A Mexico-inspired twist on the Bee’s Knees. The Killer Bee replaces the gin with mezcal, a darker, smokier spirit.

  • Arinato (Lillet and Mezcal Cocktail)
    on 6 July 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I created the Arinato to be a lighter stirred drink and to celebrate the more delicate sides of mezcal. I use the 80-proof Ilegal Joven; paired with floral fortified wines, it makes for an easy-sipper that proves how elegant mezcal can be.

  • Ti' Punch Recipe (Rhum Agricole and Lime Drink)
    on 30 June 2020 at 8:22 pm

    The national drink of Martinique uses rhum agricole, which is distilled from fermented, fresh-pressed sugar cane juice. It's prepared simply, without ice.

  • Royal Dock Cooler (Rum Punch Recipe With Pineapple and Grapefruit)
    on 30 June 2020 at 8:09 pm

    This punch recipe from Shannon Mustipher uses Earl Grey tea, pineapple, grapefruit, and pot still Jamaican rum.

  • Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe (Rum Drink With Campari and Pineapple)
    on 30 June 2020 at 1:13 pm

    One of the few tiki drinks to feature amaro—in this case, Campari, the Jungle Bird is made with blackstrap rum, fresh pineapple, Campari, and lime.

  • Savory Gruyère Bread With Ham Recipe
    on 29 June 2020 at 4:45 pm

    The ham and cheese-filled loaf is the savory quick bread you didn't know you needed. We love it with Gruyère, but sharp cheddar works just as well.

  • Grilled Cauliflower Wedges With Herb Tarator
    on 25 June 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Cauliflower’s versatility extends all the way to the grill, where it takes on complex flavor and a range of textures. While the exterior becomes burnished and crisp, the interior turns sweet and nutty, offering deep meaty smokiness that can satisfy vegetarians and carnivores. And although a whole grilled cauliflower looks impressive, it is far easier to cut it into wedges to reduce the cook time and to provide more surface area to get charred and caramelized. Pair with an earthy Lebanese-style tarator for an easy weeknight dinner. Tarator is a Middle Eastern tahini sauce that is brightened with a heavy dose of lemon.  Eaten throughout Eastern Europe and the Middle East, tarator can either be a cold cucumber soup, a yogurt-based dip, or a sauce. Sometimes walnuts or stale bread are added. I learned this version of tarator from my friend Elham Abi-Ghanem, who is of Lebanese heritage.

  • Open-Face Mushroom Sandwiches With Pecorino Salsa Verde
    on 25 June 2020 at 6:14 pm

    There’s something really satisfying that comes with making a meal over a live fire, no matter what’s on the grate. Grilling king trumpet mushrooms turns them deeply savory and tender with a meaty bite. But if you can’t find them, crimini mushrooms will also work just fine. The only condiment the grilled mushrooms need is Pecorino salsa verde, a tasty remix of a sauce I learned during my time as sous-chef at San Francisco mainstay Zuni Café. Pecorino Romano has an assertive flavor on its own, but tempered by herbs and olive oil it’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetables. This sandwich works great as a salad too: Just tear the grilled bread into smaller chunks, slice the grilled mushrooms in half, and toss in a bowl before serving.

  • Hickory-Smoked Baby Back Ribs
    on 18 June 2020 at 5:32 pm

    These baby back ribs from Rob Rainford are rubbed with brown sugar and smoked paprika and smoked on the grill, then brushed with homemade barbecue sauce.

  • Grilled Watermelon Salad With Lime Mango Dressing and Cornbread Croutons Recipe
    on 18 June 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Grilling watermelon caramelizes the sweetness of the fruit, and the char gives just a hint of smoky flavor.