Welcome to a new Greenpointers food series called A Taste for Books. We’ll be taking a page from the monthly cookbook club and potluck hosted by our Greenpoint neighbors, Archestratus (visit them at 160 Huron Street), featuring a different cookbook each month paired with insights from the monthly discussion. Thanks for joining us on this adventure that will highlight scrumptious recipes, dissect interesting ingredients and generally recap what happens when you mix cooks with books in Greenpoint.
With the expansion of the compost program to Greenpoint last year, it became easier than ever to send our food waste to the fertilizer lot, instead of to the landfill.
This was a majorly positive step. But as I collected my scraps each week, I suddenly became acutely aware of just how much of the food I bought ended up as waste in the bin.
Was this actually consciousness, or was I just going through the motions? I set out to find ways to incorporate these misunderstood ingredients into my meals, and subsequently ended up putting together some of my favorite recipes.
This golden beet dish is tangy yet sweet, and is perfect as a both a main or side dish. Best of all, it uses the entire plant, which means no more tragically forsaken greens.
Slow cooker veggie stews top my list of minimal effort, maximum nutrient recipes. Not to mention they are extremely delicious.
This one uses seven different vegetables with a focus on the roots, including my personal favorite, rutabaga. Rutabaga is the child of turnip and cabbage, and when cooked, it is sweet and savory with the texture of a potato. (Turnip and cabbage are also in this stew, because who am I to separate a family?) I have found rutabaga at the McCarren Park Greenmarket recently, and it is always available at the Union Square Greenmarket.
I use arrowroot powder to thicken my stews as a healthier alternative to corn starch. It is flavorless and very nutritious.
“Wow,” someone said as I waited in line on opening day. “I’m not even a vegetarian, but there’s definitely way too much bacon in this area. This is a relief.”
Jungle Cafe (996 Manhattan Ave) is certainly a relief for the vegetarians and vegans of North Brooklyn. But fortunately it’s also incredibly delicious and so comes as a welcome addition to the rest of us as well. Continue reading →
Have you been thinking of cutting down on your meat intake but not sure where to start? Been trying to cut out dairy but feel too limited in your options? A great new local event could help set you on the right track.
Call me ignorant but, until recently, I wasn’t remotely aware that most wine production is largely un-vegan.
This changed when I paid a visit to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) to sample a glass from their newest wine casks and Toby, the lovely owner, told me that their new Chianti is not only produced in an organic way but it is also vegan, to which I expressed some surprise. Aren’t all wines vegan? Isn’t that the joy of grapes? Apparently not. But given the way that vegan friends of mine happily knock back any wine available, I had a hunch that they weren’t in on this fact either. Continue reading →
Whenever we have friends in town, the weekend usually starts with a hearty Greenpoint brunch to show off the neighborhood. And although there’s been endless new places opening up recently, when it comes to wowing visitors we often end up leaning on old classics for great food and reliable service
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Being vegan ain’t easy – especially because you can’t eat things like hot dogs. Well the time has come when every vegan can enjoy a hot dog. Yeah Dawg!, NYC’s only all vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, hot dog cart is bringing vegan hot dogs and other comfort food to our Holiday Market this Sunday! Continue reading →