At 7am on a terribly rainy Saturday, I made my way up Broadway through the ultra quiet streets of Soho to The Union Square Greenmarket to meet my friend and fellow gastrophile, Nancy Jo. After much indecision about what to do for Easter this year, I decided to stay in the city and cook with friends.
Nancy and I decided to set some parameters for the meal. We would be inspired by our shared Southern Italian roots and the bounty of Spring. At the market we bought pink oyster mushrooms, ramps, Arucauna and pheasant eggs, dinosaur kale, french radishes, spicy spring greens, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, rhubarb, cippolini onions, escarole, baby artichokes, artisan bread, mint and other herbs. Then, over a soft boiled egg at Le Pan Quotidian, escaping the rain...we plotted our menu.
crostini with ramp
crostini with poached rhubarb, thyme and fresh ricotta
crostini with sauteed pink oyster mushrooms
hard boiled arucauna and pheasant eggs with sale di cervia and crushed black pepper
french radishes with sea salt and butter
assorted meat and cheeses, fennel salami and Prosciutto di Parma
homemade ricotta with miele di castagno
frittata de menta
raw kale salad
onion pie with anchovies and black olives
bucatini with ramp pesto
fried baby artichokes with lemon and sea salt inspired by the artichokes at Maiolino
and a beautiful cake from Fortunato Brothers
guests brought Lambrusco and various other wines and drinks!
recipes to come.
One who loves good eating and plenty of it.