Nina and Pinta have developed chest colds, and their hacking coughs woke us repeatedly on Saturday night. To help them get better, we eliminated dairy from their diets, and on Sunday morning this meant no yogurt (Pinta's usual breakfast) and no cheese (on Nina's eggs). I tried to feed them chicken breasts for breakfast. I knew it would be a hard sell, so I rendered a bit of bacon fat, sliced the breasts wafer thin, and fried them until they were crispy. I presented it as chicken bacon, and it didn't fool anyone. Nina ate a bit, but I was forced to finished the rest. Later, we had dinner with old friends, who were visiting from England. I whipped up frikadeller, from "The Family Dinner," and a variation on my mushroom risotto. I'll be blogging about those later this week, as soon as I get some sleep.
In the meantime, I wanted to follow up on an earlier post. In writing about World Food Day and the idea of knowing the farmer who supplies your dinner, I mentioned the farms in upstate New York that suffered terribly when Hurricane Irene swung through the region recently. My friends at Blue Moon Fish are organizing a benefit to help two of those farmers, Ray Bradley, of Bradley Farm, and Kira Kinney, of Evolutionary Organics. Information on their benefit wasn't available back when I wrote my first post, but things are falling into place now. On Nov. 6, there'll be eight bands, one dance company, and "Alex's awesome clam chowder, lots of food from local farmers and restaurants, and a fab raffle," at Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn. Try and make it out if you can. Full Details are here.