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Ubuntu – Philosophy to Food

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Fresh butter

Fresh butter

Gazpacho soup

Gazpacho soup

Steamed bun, stuffed w/ burrata and coated with crunchy corn

Steamed bun, stuffed w/ burrata and coated with crunchy corn

Mini rootbeer cupcakes

Mini rootbeer cupcakes

Lunch:

Someone was bound to combine two of San Francisco bay area’s favorite pursuits – yoga and food. Ubuntu in California’s Wine Country bills itself as selling just this combination. We visited only the restaurant half of the strange amalgam, but did not fail to appreciate the lithe yogis and yoginis passing by the large bay windows.

I suppose once you have decided to combine a restaurant with a yoga studio, you cannot really serve up cow or pig or any of god’s tasty creatures. So you end up serving vegetarian/vegan food. Sort of. There was egg on the menu.

Vegetarian/vegan food is such a departure from mainstream American tastes and practices that I usually approach it with trepidation. I am always afraid that I will be served some prettily arranged steamed peas and tofu decorated with fresh herbs, and that I am going to do something really seriously nasty. Like write a blog post.
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Written by Sachin

October 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Achari Chicken Pizza

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Achari chicken pizza

Achari chicken pizza

 

 

Achari chicken pizza with Mizuna leaves

Achari chicken pizza with Mizuna leaves

I am trying out a week of dining on pizza alone. Interesting ideas are popping out of the oven e.g.,harissa sauce and marinated eggplant or roasted garlic and pan fried padrone peppers. One of the most remarkable ones at the dinner table this week has been a curried chicken pizza that uses my favorite chicken recipe, achari chicken.

Achari means pickled. Chicken is not pickled here, this name is derived from the spice mix common to Indian pickles. This is one of the simplest chicken recipes and yet the result is highly consistent and extremely flavorful.

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Written by Som

October 8, 2010 at 7:30 am

One thousand and one nights: Lentil soup recipe

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Chana daal

Chana daal

Why 1001 nights? I reckon there are at least that many lentil soup recipes. I am adding mine to the mix.

Why is this special? Aside from the fact that I am not an impartial judge, this one has a variety of textures and flavors that are noticeably distinct but combine to form a wonderfully aromatic and light soup.

Key ingredients? Fresh pickled ginger, finely chopped pickled lime, slow roasted garlic, …

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Written by Som

October 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm