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Chef Tom says A-WA to Falastin’s Fine Cuisine

Posted in music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2020 by segarini

Put on some warm socks, sit your lounge-pants-t-shirt-covid-haircut down in front of your computer (like you ever left), grab a cup of tea, or coffee, or a cocktail (the boss ain’t here anymore), and give this a watch. Sami Tamimi is the business partner of my favorite chef Yotam Ottolenghi. He and Tara wrote a beautiful cookbook (which I now own) called Falastin (pronounced Palestine).

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Chef Tom – A Potato Chip Omelet, a Plum loco Chicken, and Musica desde la calle

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2020 by segarini

This recipe, adapted from the cookbook “The Family Meal: Home Cooking With Ferran Adrià” (Phaidon, 2011), is a study in simplicity. The chef of El Bulli, the famous Spanish restaurant, Mr. Adrià created an omelet reminiscent of a Spanish tortilla that comes together in minutes using only eggs, salted potato chips and olive oil. As with any recipe calling for just a few ingredients, quality truly matters here, so opt for the best potato chips, the finest olive oil and the freshest eggs.

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Chef Tom – Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2020 by segarini

Sometimes simple is the most elegant solution to an evening meal. With a good roast chicken in your repertoire you can choose from a thousand different sides, depending on the season, and never go wrong.

One simple meal, from three incredible chefs. For technique, these go from easy to more advanced (although the most advanced is still pretty straightforward).

Choose your favorite, or practice all three.

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Chef Tom – …and The Beet Goes On

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2020 by segarini

The Beet goes on ….

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Chef Tom’s Cowboy Soup and Story

Posted in Fiction, Food, life, music, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2020 by segarini

If I were on a Cooking Show the Story Title (daily prompt) would be my Secret Ingredient. The genre would be my choice for flavor profile.

Flavor Profile (Genre): Western

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Chef Tom’s Food n’ Noir

Posted in Fiction, Food, music, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , on August 1, 2020 by segarini

Stories are back.

Reminder: these are from a writing program called Round Robin. Some RR’s are three weeks long and some are six. I have to write a short story every day based on a “prompt” I get from my teacher. The rule is to set the timer for twelve minutes and start writing, and stop when the timer goes off. I can do some research beforehand, and do some editing and polishing up afterwards, I just can’t make the story any longer.

I decided early on that I would treat the daily prompts like a “secret ingredient” on a cooking show. I have to come up with something tasty with whatever the teacher gives me. To come up with a “flavor profile” I choose a different literary genre. I love the variety, like trying out a new language. With some of the stories I really like the characters and the setting and the pace, so I’ll re-visit the storyline and keep it going.

Below is my attempt at Noir, or Hardboiled Detective. Four chapters so far. The titles are the daily prompts.

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Chef Tom – Beans and Ham MY Way

Posted in Food, music, Recipe on July 25, 2020 by segarini

Anyway it’s cooked

Anyway it’s sliced

Ham’s my choice;

try it with jam.

In between, cold, hot

On sandwich, soup, salad

Yes, please, Dr. Seuss,

fry green eggs and ham.

…or better still …try it like this.

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Chef Tom’s Secret Ingredient, and some Brilliant Music Discovery

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2020 by segarini

Here’s a ‘secret ingredient” that can save many a boring meal. It’s a simple thing, but can truly elevate whatever you’re cooking. Steaks, chops, fish, veggies. You slice off a chunk and voila! You have a savory (or sweet), luscious sauce.  Basically, you’re blending aromatics into softened butter, rolling it all in a log shape in plastic wrap or parchment, and popping it into the fridge to solidify for use immediately, or in the freezer to use whenever you need it. Feel free to invent your own flavor combinations. Your imagination is your only limit.

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Chef Tom’s Chicken, Tuba, and Carl

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2020 by segarini

Sami Tamimi is Yotam Ottolenghi’s business partner. His new cookbook is called Falestine (there is no letter P in Palestine). This is one of the first recipes I tried, and it was SO good!

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Chef Tom, Cowboy Eats, A Short Story, Kempters and Sleepy Man

Posted in Fiction, Food, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2020 by segarini

 

Saddle up, Pilgrim ….

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