breakfast, almost simple, and whispers of a sub-continent

I was going to make it minimal, but I couldn’t quite see the concept through to the end.

  • Sunday’s breakfast included the usual fresh eggs from pastured chickens and bacon from pastured pigs, all from Pennsylvania’s Millport Dairy Farm in the Union Square Greenmarket, the fried eggs seasoned with local Long Island sea salt (P.E. & D.D. Seafood/Phil Karlin’s own), a freshly ground mix of black pepper and other seeds or spices that had been accidentally combined when I was preparing a dry marinade for a pork belly a while back, then decided to hold onto the remainder (black pepper, fennel seeds cumin seeds, coriander seeds, star anise, white peppercorns, and whole clove) for future use, sprinkled with lovage from Keith’s Farm, 5 Backyard Farms Maine ‘cocktail tomatoes’ from Chelsea Whole Foods that had been heated gently in a small enamel-lined cast iron porringer, then sprinkled with a pinch dried fenugreek from Bombay Emerald Chutney Company (purchased at the Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market last fall), a small bunch of watercress from Lucky Dog Organic Farm, dressed with a good olive oil, Columela Rioja 30 Year Reserva sherry vinegar, local salt, freshly ground pepper, and thin slices, not toasted, of a really hearty bread, ‘Seedy Grains’ from Lost Bread Company (wheat, spelt, rye, barley, organ bread buckwheat, oats, seeds [flax, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin], water, and salt)
  • the music was the Living Media India Limited album, ‘Afternoon Ragas – Volume 1’ (we sat down to breakfast just after noon.