Monday, January 3, 2011
2010 was certainly the tastiest year so far!
Vegan cooking is so creative if you get into shopping for global flavors with herbs and spice blends, fresh seasonal produce and specialty ingredients from specialty markets. Orange County is culturally diverse so thankfully we have an abundance of fresh international markets, health food stores and farmers markets.
I was interested in recreating a Moroccan Stew a client requested so I Googled Moroccan spices and a few Middle Eastern recipes, wrote some notes and went shopping.
When shopping I group the ingredients together for a particular recipe or by cultural flavors. Flipping through my favorite cook books, with lots of sexy color photos, I write down ingredients for the dishes and portions I want to create, improvising and multiplying the recipe, then I finish a menu as I shop based on what's in season and looks fresh.