Vegetable Ratatouille Moussaka by Chef Sam

Last week’s cooking class by Chef Sam.

He makes the most delicious dishes. In addition to the oven roasted vegetables he prepared a fresh tomato sauce and a béchamel sauce and added Parmesan cheese then baked hot 45 minutes with shredded mozzarella on top.

I was watching and missed photographing a few steps. Stay tuned for this week’s class with a complete photographic essay.

Bruschetta toasted with sundried tomatoes and butter on a sliced Sourdough loaf was served alongside the main dish.

You might have seen Chef Sam on the blog in May making Lentil  cheeseburgers and Caesar salad https://rutheh.com/2019/05/16/chef-sam-cooks/

Greek to Me

Eighth letter of the Greek alphabet or the “representation of the angular position of a vector” in math.

Theta.

Tonight Steve suggested we eat at Penn Brewery as it’s my sister’s last night in Pittsburgh.

The appetizer order of onion rings revealed this symbol.

City view from our table.

Dried Allium Inside a Glass Globe

 

My artist friend J gave me  a dozen stems of dried Allium from her garden.

(“Allium species are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced on scapes.”)  you know the family- onion, garlic, chives and leek……)

J knew that they’d be great for pictures.

The kids enjoyed arranging them and taking photos of the outer space orbs.

After school I tried putting one into a glass globe my neighbors had given me (minus the  crazy centerpiece, which has since been trashed).

The top flower had broken off from the stem but didn’t take away from the dried flower end.

The round glass globe creates some interesting effects in the images.  I see that you need to plant bulbs if you want Allium in your garden next Spring.

I’d always wondered what they were when I saw the tall purple alien- looking flowers.

Some of the flowers were gigantic.  The stems are called scapes. 

 

And if you want a recipe for scapes, (which aren’t available now but you can plan ahead for next season) check out recipe  from Bartolini Kitchens Chicago John’s calling for “6-9 garlic scapes or Rufus Food and Spirit Guide for Stir Fry with Chicken, Zucchini and Garlic Scapes 

My food blogging friends know allium well.  I just didn’t know what they were named.  Shot with iPhone.

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