Monday, April 6, 2009

The Greasy Five: Current Obsessions

Obsession. The Greasy Skillet is more about obsession than it is about food. In today's edition of The Greasy Five, we'll highlight five of my current obsessions:

  • Neko Case's latest album Middle Cyclone: If I was a silly school boy, I'd have a crush on Neko Case, but I'm much too old for such nonsense. Instead I'm content to be in love with her lilting voice and poetic lyrics.

  • Bánh : This is a tasty Vietnamese sandwich I tried for the first time two weeks ago. Since then I've made this sandwich three times, and I'm seeking new variations. Later this week the Bánh will get its own post.

  • Sriracha: Since I drizzled this on my Banh Mi, I've been contemplating new ways to incorporate this sweet and spicy condiment into my cooking. If I correctly recall, last year a contestant on Top Chef created a Sriracha ice cream. Maybe I'll head in this direction.

  • Mark Bittman's The Minimalist Cooks at the New York Times: I used to be a rigid cook who never strayed form a recipe. Now I'm taking Mark Bittman's approach and using recipes as a base and cooking variations that incorporate seasonal ingredients or whatever is in my pantry.

What are your current obsessions?

take care,


Rechelle said...

Hmmmmmm... I am obsessed with mostly myself. I know. It's a problem.

High Plains Drifters said...

With you on Neko Case. We missed her appearance in Atlanta and every paper raved about how it was the best the city saw that year. (Variety Playhouse... almost as cool as the Bottleneck.)

Our library doesn't have Bittman's latest yet... still waiting for a peek at that one... not a cookbook but another "on food" musing.

Obsessions... lately it's been graham crackers. Why are so many of them full of garbage? Back to Nature are the only ones with nothing fake in them, and they're $3.50 a box. Surely there's a graham cracker recipe floating around out there...

Sarah said...

Tomatoes! I can't seem to find a really good tomato here in South Florida. At the moment, all we have are the bland hothouse varieties.

Also, glad you're enjoying Molly Wizenburg's book. I finished it last week and enjoyed every bit of it!

rebel said...

Now you're cookin' the hillbilly way! Use whatever you have on hand.
Can't wait for the sandwich recipe.

Kate said...

I've been hearing a lot about these banh mi lately. I'm looking forward to the post.