Cooking on Fire Island

So very last-minute I was able to get my own room at the house in the Pines on Fire Island that I stayed in last year.  The idea of a cheap room to myself for a week was too good for me to turn down!

As usual Friday on the LIRR was HELL but the minute I got off the Ferry I could feel a wave of relaxation coming over me. The first thing I did, after unpacking all the food I brought was to start cooking!

Tonight’s meal is slow cooked Lamb, a recipe by David Tanis that uses sweet spices like cinnamon, coriander and ginger along with prunes and raisins (I also added dried organic apricots) to gently coax out a wonderful stewed cooked in a dutch oven on low heat for several hours.

I’m serving it with parsnips cooked slow then pureed with cream and butter, a simple salad and a rhubarb strawberry crumble.

Not probably the meal to eat before the underwear party, but what the hell.

Lots more to come.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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