Edgar Jaime of Jaime Farms brings goose eggs to the Farmers Market (Wednesday Santa Monica, Saturday Pasadena). The eggs are large and have a thick shell. Each goose egg is the equivalent to about 3 chicken eggs.
Roxana Jullapat is the pastry chef at Ammo Cafe in Hollywood (1155 North Highland Ave.). She is candying kumquats (recipe) to use in a variety of ways, including hot cross buns for Easter. They store for a long time in the fridge and can even be used for your Christmas fruitcake. She uses the syrup to top the buns, in cocktails, and as a toping for Costa Rican prestiños.
Effervescent color tablets aren’t the only way to dye Easter eggs. The Ukrainian art of egg decorating, pysanky, dates back more than 1,000 years. The intricate designs have symbolic meanings – varying from region to region – which are delicately painted onto hollowed-out, raw eggs. Some of the most common symbols include the star (which represents the Sun God), flowers (representing happiness), and birds (representing fertility).
Sofika Zielyk is an artist who specializes in this fantastic art form. She regales us with the history of these incredible eggs – the legend behind them, what the symbols mean and just how long it takes to craft each egg. Additional images of Sofika’s pysanky and information about the craft are available on her website.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Robata Jinya on Third St. and Crescent Heights in Los Angeles. Robata restaurants serve a very specific style of Japanese food, prepared on a charcoal grill. Oddly enough, one of Jonathan's favorite dishes is the tofu. He also likes the agedashi and the bagna cauda, which is like a cheese-fondue. They also serve ramen, which is the specialty of their sister restaurant in Studio City.
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All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Taking Communion caused such a problem for those who couldn’t eat the gluten commonly used in communion wafers. While it sounds simple to eliminate the gluten, the Catholic Church requires that the wafers be made with wheat, including the naturally-occurring gluten.
Two nuns took this task upon themselves and set out to solve the problem. After much experimentation, Sister Lynn D’Souza created a communion wafer with the tiniest amount of gluten. So small, that most people with sensitivity to wheat gluten can still eat it; and just enough that it satisfied the requirements of the church. A miracle? Perhaps.
People in need of gluten-free wafers can contact the Altar Breads office at 800-223-2772 or use the website.
Jet Tila is a culinary instructor and the chef/owner of Wazuzu at the Encore in Las Vegas. He's a panelist at Good Food's Global Street Food event on May 1.
Massimo Bottura's purpose, 'Autentico,' and the struggle to eliminate tipping What makes a meal authentic? Rolando Beramendi thinks it’s about capturing the culture by using imported ingredients. The use of an old recipe can also connect immigrant cooks with their families’ food traditions. Chef Massimo Bottura has a plan to reclaim unwanted food—and along with it, people’s dignity. Also, Jonathan Gold enjoys the vibrancy of El Coraloense’s aguachile.
Fuchsia Dunlop's LA trip, 'Chinese Soul Food,' Tucson's foodways Our annual pie contest went off without a hitch! Now, meet the winners. Tired of all the sweet stuff? We’ll dig into LA’s Sichuan food scene with Fuchsia Dunlop and also with Jonathan Gold during his update on the LA Times Food Bowl. Hsiao-Ching Chou has some tips on cooking Chinese food for the first time. Also, find spring onions at the market this week.
An LA pie crawl, rhubarb, and composting What’s the best slice of pie in LA? Pie Contest judge Isa Fabro and reporter Abbie Fentress Swanson are on the hunt. Rhubarb is a favorite pie filling, but its sweetness isn’t always easy to coax out. Jonathan Gold reviews Native in Santa Monica. How can composting help Angelenos control their food waste? Gillian Ferguson takes a look at mezcal production. Also, there’s fresh Thai lemon basil at the market.
Melissa Clark, clay pot rice, and the LA Food Bowl New York Times columnist Melissa Clark explains the pressure cooker craze. Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari says cooking boils down to eight essential ingredients. Looking for crispy rice in the San Gabriel Valley? Jonathan Gold has just the place. Gustavo Arellano remembers Latino supermarket maven Doña Teresa Reynoso. Also, a preview of the LA Times Food Bowl.
Well-traveled recipes: Mom’s mole Since Luis Chavez immigrated to the U.S., he hasn’t been able to return to Mexico to visit his family. But he uses his mother’s mole recipe to feel close to his heritage and share the flavors of his home with new friends. Read More