March at the RGB. It’s officially Spring! We spent some time baking snickerdoodles out of Joy’s new cookbook, revised an old Meyer lemon scone recipe, and created a new dog biscuit recipe (recipe coming soon). And very soon, we’ll have some backyard strawberries to nibble on.
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way. Imagine you’re aspiring to be a chef. You’re about to be admitted to the Harvard of culinary institutions, the Culinary Institute of America. But before you get there, you’re hit by a car as a result, your olfactory cues are damaged and you lose your sense of smell. What the eff, right?! Now… what would you do?
We’ve all had some unexpected turns in our lives; I’ve had many. But we don’t all use words like rabid, sinuous, plucked, grimy and swathed to describe our experiences. Because Molly did, I found myself immersed in her words. Strung together, these words created a very relatable thread of lost, found, love and acceptance. If I am ever hit by a car and live to tell about it, I hope I can be as poignant.
I don’t walk around all day being thankful for my sense of smell. But I should. And reading this story reminds me that I need to be.
And for those of us who don’t smell so well, or perhaps not at all… I offer you sushi. It’s a food that I eat not for smell, but for texture.
The salmon skin cut roll starts with broiling some salmon skin. Make sure there’s some flesh attached so you get a contrast of the crackly skin with the delicate meat. Don’t use too much rice, as that and the seaweed is only a vessel by which to hold the salmon. The gobo and cucumber provides a crunch while the radish sprouts tickle your tongue. Don’t skimp on the shaved bonito flakes, as that adds a delicate hint of the sea.
What food would you miss the most because you couldn’t smell it? For me, it’s freshly baked bread.
P.S. I am happy to report that Molly “can smell almost everything again.” Cheers!
Source: Mr. RGBistro of Rustic Garden Bistro
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