Happy New Year

We hope you’re having a great start to 2011. Last week, Chef Peter and I  participated in SomArts’ Feast of Words, a really cool project headed by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit. In the next two weeks, we’ll be representing at the Underground Farmer’s Market (1/15) and the Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM (1/26). We’re also looking for a San Francisco venue for dinner on February 13 — hit us if you know of a place. Eat with you soon!

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 15: ForageSF’s Underground Farmer’s Market, (http://foragesf.com/market). Look for our Boucherie booth where you can pick up some tasso, andouille and Meyer lemon cured bacon. We’ll have samples and recipes available. See you there!
  • Wednesday, January 26: Canvas is hosting a booth at the next Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM discussion on Street Food: Off the Grid and Underground. Please join us! Speakers feature our friends Shakirah Simley of Slow Jams and Iso Rabins of Forage SF.


Recap + Recipe: Feast of Words

Chef Peter making lefse

Chef Peter making lefse, mobile photo by Vera Devera

The theme for January’s Feast of Words was “Blurred Identities” and featured the writing of Faith Adiele, who’s Nordic/Nigerian and America. I cooked an African stew and paired it with my version of the traditional Norwegian potato flat bread known as lefse. If you happen to be Norwegian, (or a student of Scandinavian cuisine) you might notice that these are not traditional lefse. I jazzed them up with some dill and lemon, and since I don’t own a correlated rolling pin, a pastry cloth covered board, a lefse stick etc, I came up with my own improvised technique (described below) which I think worked out pretty well. – Chef Peter

  • 4 cups riced potatoes (preferably made from mature russets), cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 sprigs dill, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon, very finely grated

Add everything to the potatoes and mix until smooth and evenly mixed. Preheat a griddle or large non stick pan over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes. Scoop a ¼ cup lefse and roll between your palms to make a smooth ball. Place the dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper about 1′ x 1′. Roll the dough out as thinly as you can, keeping the lefse as even a thickness as possible. If you are making many lefse at once you can refrigerate the rolled out lefse and then cook them one after another.

To cook the lefse, peel the top layer of waxed paper off the lefse, and place the dough side down on the griddle or pan. Let the lefse cook for a few minutes minutes, then peel off the top layer of paper. Check the lefse after a few minutes. When the under side is light golden brown, flip and cook for another few minutes. Stack the cooked lefse on a plate between paper towels.


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