For those of you who have read Jaime Brockway before, you know well that I shop weekly at the Greenmarket in Union Square. And better yet, I do it on the cheap. Remaining loyal to the farmers during the heart of the winter months is painful, in many ways. First, a sub 10 degree day makes the beautiful walk to Union Square less so. And second, seasonal choices are slim during December, January, February and March. Nevertheless, I still thrive on the human interaction with local farmers and thirst for the knowledge they offer.
Yesterday, I gathered up the ingredients for a Moroccan sweet potato salad(sweet potato, thyme, parsley, ginger, papirika, cumin, saffron, olive oil, fresh lemon juice). The dish was inspired by Alice Waters and a cinch to prepare. First, cube two large sweet potatoes and roast at 375 until done. While the potatoes are doing their shimmy in the oven, mix in a bowl the olive oil, ginger, cumin, paprika etc. Pour the marinade over the cooked potatoes and let sit for thirty minutes. The deep, savory character of the dish is intense and filling enough to be a main course. Serve over couscous.
To pair with the meal I had a limy, Alsace like bottle of the 2007 Domaine des Terres Dorées Beaujolais Blanc($15. Louis/Dressner). While I would never dismiss J. Paul Brun’s brilliance with the Gamay variety, I think his work with Chardonnay in this region is fascinating and inspiring. We should expect greatness to come from one of the Cru; not from Beaujolais Blanc. This bottle should change our expectations. And that is what great artists and thinkers do.
Jaime Brockway Warning: Drinking commercial, grape based beverages can be detrimental to your overall health and personality.