I have spent a lot of time at trend shows this month looking for inspiration for new designs for the coming year. I went to the MOMA and spent some time with the NY Abtract Expressionist paintings, and saw the "Counter Space" show on kitchen design. (I am utilizing that MOMA membership I got for Christmas, thanks Mom!) Next I need some cooking inspiration. It wouldn't hurt me to follow a recipe once in a while and learn from someone else. What great cook should I turn to? What can I make that I haven't made before? Tonight it will have to be enough to be inspired by the colors of my simple dinner.
Orange Beet Salad
|Orange, Clementine or Tangerine|
That is pretty much the whole salad with a little drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Talk about minimalist.
Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Leeks
1 cup white all purpose flour
1 cup chickpea flour
water - I never really measure this out. Add your water slowly a little at a time. If you want a thicker pancake add more water, less if you want it thinner.
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 chopped leek
Mix all ingredients except the leeks until there are no lumps. The leeks should go in last. The trick is to use a skillet and keep the heat on medium low. This way your olive oil gets hot enough for a good result but not too hot that it is smoking. I use a ladel-full of batter for each pancake.
|Dinner! I served this with some chevre. It went perfectly with the salad.|