Comfort Me with Persimmons . . .

Shhhhh, they’re back . . . my very favorite winter fruit. Persimmons are showing up again at farmers markets and the shelves of Dan’s Produce and Alameda Natural Grocery. I’m always amazed how many people don’t know what they are or what to do with them. Like any fruit, persimmons come in a number of varieties. Best known locally are the hachiya and fuyu cultivars. Hachiya are eaten only when very soft – in order to avoid the astringency present in the unripe fruit – and can be spooned right out of the skin like pudding. Fuyu are more like apples, eaten while still firm, and they’re sweet and crunchy. Look for fruit with good coloring and a bit of give. If very firm, allow to ripen on the windowsill or inside a paper bag.

 

Fuyu persimmons can be part of a fruit salad, they make great snacks (with a handful of nuts), add them to a green salad in place of tomatoes (when tomatoes are less than fabulous) — or serve them with cheese and your favorite cold cuts to jazz up an antipasto platter.

A Stand Out Corporate Holiday Gathering!!!

With corporate holiday gatherings right around the corner, a great way to show employee appreciation is to make allowances for people’s dietary preferences and multi-cultural backgrounds. A great menu is one that delights and surprises with options that offer variety and take special dietary needs into consideration (e.g. gluten free, vegan, vegetarian).

 

While many holiday offerings can pack on the calories, how about offering a menu that is healthy AND delicious! Try it and you will like it.

 

Check out The Vegetarian Gourmet’s website to menu choices and contact us to create a unique and pleasing menu for your guests.

Apple Rösti–a Swiss Comfort Food

Like many comfort foods, this simple dessert does not require a trip to a fancy store but makes use of what is on hand: day-old bread, apples and butter. Cut bread into fine slices and brown in butter. Remove from pan and add sliced apples, a little sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. Cook until apples are softened, then add toasted bread to soak up the liquids. Serve with a dollop of cream.

OMG- Vegan Empanadas!

Empanadas, dim sum, pasties, piroshky…the list goes on. Many cuisines feature tasty little packages of meat and vegetables wrapped in dough–the perfect finger food–which can be served as an appetizer or with a salad for a light meal. Our vegan empanada is a new favorite from The Vegetarian Gourmet, served with chimichurri sauce. The filling has a nice little bite to it, made of a mix of caramelized onion, yams, black beans, cilantro, garlic and Field Road Mexican chipotle sausage. Our chimichurri sauce has lots of parsley, mint, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and a splash of red wine vinegar.