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Pensive deviled eggs? Irate gazpacho?

MIT Media Lab's Hugo Liu has radical ideas about the future of recipes.

August 15, 2007|Regina Schrambling | Special to The Times

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Large pinch sugar

1 tablespoon minced anchovies

1/3 cup finely diced cucumber (peeled and seeded)

2 green onions, coarsely chopped

2 handfuls watercress, tough stems removed, leaves washed and dried (about 2 cups)

1. Place the potatoes in a pot and add 1 teaspoon salt and cold water to cover. Cover, bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced.

2. While the potatoes cook, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the shiitakes with 1 tablespoon of the oil and salt and pepper to taste. Spread on a baking sheet and roast 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and cool, then cut each one in half.

3. To make the dressing, combine the vinegar, lemon juice and mustard in a bowl and blend well. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, then the mayonnaise, until smooth. Add the sugar and anchovies and blend well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. When the potatoes are cooked, drain well and dry. Cut each into quarters and place in a large shallow bowl. Add the shiitakes, cucumber and onions and toss to mix, then add the dressing and mix well. Let stand 15 minutes. Just before serving, add the watercress and toss to mix well.

Each of 6 servings: 203 calories; 6 grams protein; 22 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 9 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 3 mg. cholesterol; 173 mg. sodium.


Ceremonious ice cream

Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time

Servings: 4 to 6 (about 3 cups)

Note: Adapted from Hugo Liu's "Gulp Fiction." Matcha, green tea powder, is at Japanese markets or in the Asian food section of some grocery stores; organic rose petals are available at selected Gelson's, Bristol Farms and Whole Foods markets; check with individual stores. 1 cup heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch fleur de sel

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha (green tea powder)

Petals from one organic rose, washed, dried and finely chopped

1/3 cup minced dark cherries

1/3 cup shaved white chocolate

1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar and fleur de sel in a medium bowl and whisk to blend well. Add the green tea powder and whisk to fully incorporate.

2. Whisk in the rose petals, cherries and chocolate.

3. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Store the ice cream in the freezer, tightly covered, for up to 1 week.

Each of 6 servings: 298 calories; 3 grams protein; 28 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams fiber; 20 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 62 mg. cholesterol; 67 mg. sodium.

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