By now we’ve all heard the predictions of an early spring, and I for one, am definitely looking forward to it. It’s been so gloomy these past few months, and I am eager for daylight savings time. I am also itching to get out in my yard for early planting. As I look at my Urfa peppers and Aleppo pepper plants germinating on my sunny kitchen counter, I am already thinking about the wonderful dishes I can make with the harvest this summer.
From the beginning we thought the Industry City store would be a great place to host classes of all kinds. The bright and spacious areas are perfect for a team building activity, a couples evening, or an opportunity to gather a few close friends to bond over a new skill. In the most Sahadi’s fashion, our first ever class ended up being a small family reunion of sorts! We put together a twisted cheesemaking tutorial for cousins. This group had noticed a Facebook video we posted of one of our talented staff showing the rest of our team how to twist cheese from scratch. The ringleader cousin asked about a private session and our class calendar was launched.
It is so cold and blustery here in NYC this month that all I can think about is eating hearty stick-to-your-rib foods that taste like they’ve spent all day on the stove. Unfortunately, between helping to get this new store up and rolling, doing recipe development, and being a wife and mother, there is no time for a dish that takes hours. The key here is to coordinate grilling the vegetables and cooking the eggs while the grains are simmering. This can all be done in 30 minutes!
One of the most fun activities of the Sahadi’s holiday season is the basket making and gift making. Our talented and creative staff enjoys putting together whimsical baskets filled with surprises! They walk through the store picking up this and that, items they would personally love to receive, and then artfully arrange them in baskets and festively wrap. The gift baskets have quite a personal touch and each of our team members puts their heart into making them look terrific.
If it weren’t for the fact that Winter is around the corner, Autumn would be my favorite season. There’s just a slight chill in the air while still a few gorgeous, sunny days with beach potential. This time of year, my thoughts turn more to cooking and comfort foods. This is probably because each October my husband and I attend the international food show, Anuga. This year, it was in Cologne, Germany. On the way we actually snuck in two beach days in Mallorca, Spain first. After all the stress of opening our new store in Industry City, we were due for a little sunshine and a lot of fresh-caught seafood with local wines. The best thing about the area we stay in in Palma is its delicious local seafood. You just pick from the case and tanks and they cook it for you with extra virgin oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The catch of the day is always amazing and simply prepared. No wonder Spain is famous for their bocarones! The grilled razor clams and the scallops in shell tasted as incredible as they look. And I can’t say enough about the squid in its ink…!