This Week’s Menus, The Tony’s, Even More Jesus Stout and Gay Pride

IMG_1103This last couple of months my blogging has really slowed down.  I’ve tried to figure out how to move forward, I don’t really want to stop, but at the same time I don’t seem to be able to post daily like I used to. This is a new idea for me, a kind of weekly update on food and life and how they intersect, with links to recipes and all sort of other things, like food shops, artisanal food producers and more.

One thing I’d like to remind all of you of is that after 10 years of writing Urbanfoodguy this site is a tremendous resource for recipes and to a lesser extent travel.  Next time you are looking for a recipe trying searching Urbanfoodguy!

This last week or so has been pretty hectic.  We had friends over for the Tony’s: IMG_1102An eclectic menu based on foods you could eat while watching TV.  The Oatmeal Stout Cake was a real surprise and even though it goes great with Vanilla Ice Cream it also tastes great the day after slathered in salted butter.  My favorite part of making it (I will post the recipe this week) was that I got to use a local Stout called Even More Jesus made by evil  Evil Twin brewery.IMG_1100I found this stout at my favorite local beer store Malt and Mold which has a well curated collection of beers and cheeses.

The Tony’s were thrilling!  Neil and I had seen Hamilton at the Public in its last performance there and are huge fans. Sadly, the massacre of 49 innocent people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando tinged the proceedings with a sadness that, I have to admit I still find myself getting teared up about.

It is somewhat cheering that every day I walk down my street past the Doughnut Plant  where I see that they are proudly advertising their seasonal gay pride doughnut.IMG_1118 Neil and I were going to go to Stonewall the second night to the rally that 10,000 people showed up to, instead stayed home and made a little memorial to those who we lost and avoided the politicians and their speechifying. It’s just so sad and depressing how stuck this country is when it comes to common sense gun control.IMG_1119The week ended with a belated birthday dinner I made for my friend Jane.IMG_1173I saw this recipe on Chef Steps for a Rye Berry Bread that was part of a larger Game of Thrones menu.  I love heavy dark German rye bread and wanted to give it a try.  It was easy enough to make, the prep takes about an hour or so, the bread when cooked looks like a cake, but damn is it ever good!  And so large you can freeze half of it.IMG_1161 IMG_1162It sunk a bit in the middle, apparently with low gluten high fiber breads this happens.  None the less I’d make it again in a heart beat. Oh and if you were wondering – I don’t think this qualifies as diet food 😉

It was a great foil to this really, tasty, simple chilled tomato soup, which I made thinking if my friend Michael who doesn’t like cucumbers.  This soup is pretty much pure tomato with an optional sweet pepper relish and avocado (their recipe makes avocado toast and floats it in the soup – I put the avocado diced directly into the soup and served bread on the side).

Strawberries are on their way out, before they go I highly recommend you make this Strawberry Cassata.  IMG_1165An easy to make sponge cake, cooled then cut into layers which are then filled with sweetened ricotta and lemon syrup. Just before serving you cover the entire affair with lightly macerated strawberries.  Just make sure you start this a few days in advance as the cake really benefits from an overnight in the fridge after it’s been filled I increased both the amount of ricotta and the simple syrup (actually I just added a 1/4 cup of Limoncello to it that I’ve had in the freezer forever!)

Happy Gay Pride, have a great weekend, stay safe, eat wonderful food and love each other, life is shorter than you think.


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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