summer preview salad

I got the first round of heirloom tomatoes this week at the farmer’s market. Although they are not quite there yet, still fun to see some pop of color back in the market.

Here is astellar heirloom tomato + avocado + olive oil + maldon sea salt + cracked pepper + balsamic vinegar + basil from my herb garden.

deviled eggs

astellar deviled eggs + pickled shallots + avocado + bacon + spring onion.

astellar deviled egg bar ingredients:
pickled shallots
avocado
farmhouse mayo
beaufor dijon mustard
bacon
green onions
maldon sea salt
cracked pepper

hardboiled eggs

zucchini california latkes + maple apple compote

astellar zucchini california latkes
feeds 2 – 4

in a medium bowl:

2 zucchinis finely grated ( I used a box grater)
1/4 yellow onion finely diced
2 stalks of green onion diced
1 egg
1/2 cup half and half or milk
1/4 cup flour
pinch of s + p
fresh herbs – dill . thyme .
mix
cover and let rest for 20 min to let zuc’s absorb huevo mixture.

while you wait you can make your:

maple apple compote

in a small bowl:
peel and dice 2 granny smith apples
(i like this variety because they are tart!)
1/4 finely diced yellow onion
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp brown sugar
mix

2 pats of unsalted butter in a hot pan

add apple mixture
cook till sugar dissolves
3 min

now back to your zucchini cakes…

I cook these on my all clad nonstick pan.
medium heat.

spoon zucchini mixture onto hot pan (like potato pancakes)
2 min
flip
cook 2 more minutes

(finish in warm oven if need be)

serve with maple apple compote

if you like:
and a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche.
garnish with fresh dill in cream.

bon appetit.

food and floral styling for ayesha curry

14141666_10154514566929319_4311365392199473438_nI had the pleasure of food and floral styling for a passion project for Glad for No Kid Hungry featuring Ayesha Curry. The footage looks beautiful as does Ayesha! Fun to see my kitchen tools, knives, and food in action.

“Ayesha Curry shares why she believes it’s important to give back and discusses her work with No Kid Hungry. See how you can do little things each day to help others in your community.”

One act of giving inspires another.

Share your act of giving in the comments.