Red food theme party
I usually avoid Emeril Live but I watched a few
minutes of that show last night (1/5). It was
about soul food and his guest was Sylvia of
Sylvia's Restaurant uptown. She baked her
Red Velvet Cake which turned out to be a bright
red cake with cream cheese icing. It was
striking looking - really quite beautiful and
probably very tasty. You can find the recipe at
the foodtv.com by clicking on Emeril Live for 1/5/00
and then clicking on Sylvia's Red Velvet Cake.
Several middle eastern dishes come to mind:
muharrama -- a very yummy paste of red peppers and walnuts. If you can't find it on Atlantic Ave., there is a good recipe in Paula Wolfert's Eastern Mediterranean book
kisir --like taboule, but with less parsely, and colored and seasonsed with red pepper paste
Also, there are a number of Iraqi Jewish meat stews, made with kubbe (kibbe like dumplings), meatballs, or meat cubes with beets. There is also a Moroccan Jewish dish of fish baked with red peppers and saffron.
I hope that your friend puts drop cloth on her carpeting for this party!
The first thing that popped into my mind is my new absolutely favorite "starter" dish: Beet tartare from Jean Georges' first cookbook. It looks like a jewel on the plate and tastes even better. Serve with toast points or an equivalent. A pretty salad is red leaf lettuce, and ruby red grapefruit sections sprinkled over with pomegranate seeds. The meal may end up looking sort of gory, but it sounds like fun. pat.
re: pat hammond
my favorite red food is plain roasted beets...chioggia beets (with the bull's eye concentric circles) are, I think, a little sweeter...they're not quite as red as plain red beets, but red enough. Roast covered with foil until tender (time depends on size of beets), let cool, peel, slice, drizzle with real good olive oil.
braised red cabbage is also good...be sure to add some vinegar to preserve the color.
I have recipes for a beet salad with gorgonzola and a beet risotto on realgoodfood.com