Horizons

I’m traveling this week.  Somewhere near the North Pole where the skies are green and the sun hardly ever sets.  So here is a sunset from the Malibu canyons to keep us connected as I disconnect for a bit.

I’m really happy with this condensed milk granita I’ve been fucking wit.

Try this simplified version and eat it with juicy peaches and nectarines.

4 cups warm water
1 cup condensed milk
Squeeze of half a lemon
1 heaping tablespoon of crushed roasted sesame seeds

Whisk it all together till smooth, then pour into a shallow pan and place in freezer.  Run a fork through it in swirling motions every 30 minutes till frozen.  About 3-4 hours total intervals.

Scrape the granita with a spoon and serve in an ice cold bowl with chopped stone fruit and julienne basil.

Ahhhhh!

Empire

I’m in a NY State of Mind for some reason.

In the headphones right about now:

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Chillin with the homie from Queens.

Shout out to RekStizzy and GUMSHIP.com

Shout out to the 7 Train and that $1 skewer guy.

Flushing!

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Big ups to my extended families that have been going hard in liquor stores and shops in the Bronx and BK for years.

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Manhattan.

I see you.

Everything above the hundreds where I used to chill.

Down to the Village where I’d get my fill.

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Midtown always makes me think of Shrimp Cocktail for some reason.

Here’s the best cocktail recipe ever from me.  Don’t front.

Cocktail Sauce

1/2 number ten can of ketchup
1/2 number ten can of Heinz Chili Sauce
1 1/4 cups of prepared horseradish
1/2 bottle of Sriracha
3/4 cup of Worchestershire Sauce
3 lemons, squeezed
Pinch of salt and cracked black pepper

Whisk everything together.
Grate fresh horseradish on top.

Vegetables
Shrimp
Crabs
Whatever.

The Nard

101
Up a ton
Past the ports
Through the foothills
You think it’s still LA of sorts
But all you smell are strawberries.
Fresas that are fresca.
It comes in through your vents
All up in your nasal,
Backs are bent
Picking
The air is thick with that viscous
Smell
Like living in a mason jar of jam
Life seems so swell.
But it can be hard
Living in the Nard.
Big ups though to all my Chicanos
Doing their thing
I remember the days when Fernando Vargas would rule that ring.
Oxnard.
Thorne Family Farms is from Malibu and not the Nard. But these are some of the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever had and with a name like Home Grown, they were destined to be in my life.  Make them a part of yours.

Here’s a little funky jam to put in your refrigerator.

Strawberry, Strawberry, that neighborhood Ho

1 cup of strawberries puréed
2 garlic cloves minced into a purée
3 Thai bird chilies, minced
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of lime juice
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1 tablespoon of Thai basil, chiffonade
1 teaspoon of ginger, minced

Mix everything together and let it marinate.

Then use on everything.

Short Stacks

I was thinking about what better way to leave you before I dart off to Asia than a classic American recipe. Pancake fat stacks of cash is all I need.  Or just the pancakes.

These are a couple different recipes.

One is a recipe from my days as a corporate chef at Embassy Suites Hotels, and in fact it was made for Father’s Day, so perfect timing.

This other one is a favorite of mine. It comes out almost like the Korean ho-dduk. It rises but becomes a bit chewy and utterly delicious. Serve it with pure maple syrup from New England or Canada and some good good good Plugra butter just softened.

Then macerate some berries (just drizzle sugar on them in a bowl and let sit for a minute) and top with some powdered sugar.

If you wanna turn that one night stand into a second date, then those are the best pancakes to do the job.

Recipe 1: Honey Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/8 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup whole milk
2 eggs, large
Nonstick cooking spray or butter, as needed

Yogurt Fruit Topping
4 oz. plain vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp mint
1/2 seasonal berries

1. For the pancake batter combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir

2. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining pancake ingredients and blend until smooth

3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, gently stirring

4. Let the ingredients sit for 20 minutes

5. Add a tablespoon of butter or non-stick cooking spray to the pancake griddle

6. Scoop out a small amount of batter and pour onto griddle

7. Cook until done on both sides

8. Repeat until batter is gone

9. For the yogurt fruit topping combine all ingredients and drizzle sauce over pancakes

10. Top pancakes with mint garnish and serve

Recipe 2: Buttermilk Pancakes
4 cups of flour
1oz of sugar
1/2 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 tablespoon of baking soda
3 eggs beaten
4 cups of buttermilk
6 ounces of melted butter

1.  Combine all the dry ingredients and mix.

2.  Combine all the wet ingredients and mix.

3.  Then go for some interracial dating and mix them together.

4.  Cook on a medium griddle or non-stick pan with a touch of melted butter till crispy on one side.

5.  Do not touch or flip until the whole pancake fluffs up and you get the golden brown ridges on the bottom side.  The top part will fluff and start to bubble and you will see a million porous holes. Then flip and cook till crispy on the other side.

6.  Move to a plate and do not wait.  Eat now. In bed.  And tell her she’s beautiful and that you fucking care. Or not…

Carne Asada

I know y’all like to barbecue.  Here’s how we do it in LA.  Hope you like it.

3.5 cups of Budweiser
1 cup of ancho chili powder
1/4 cup of black pepper
5 jalapeños, charred then stemmed
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1.5 bunches of cilantro, stems and all, washed
4 oranges, juiced
7 limes, juiced
1 cup of Mirin
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tomatoes, cored
1 large onion, peeled
1/2 cup of garlic cloves
Touch of water to thin

Purée it all in a blender and rub a dub dub over anything you want.  Even each other.