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Pescada New York – Classy Ambience, Delicious Food

This past Tuesday, March 1st, Zalman Slowix – a long time associate of mine – and I went to Pescada New York (509 Avenue P; Brooklyn, NY11223 – Telephone: 347.702.5711); we’d heard enough about it and wanted to try it.

The decor was subdued but quietly elegant, a perfect frame for the various dishes our eyes and palates were about to enjoy. I started the meal with Potato Cheese Balls


Potato Cheese Balls

Potato Cheese Balls

…they came as a fried medley of potatoes, and cheese served on a smoked eggplant yogurt sauce.

Zalman opted for the Pumpkin Carpaccio with a bed of thinly sliced butternut squash covered with crusted pistachios, shredded feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, olive oil, sea salt, topped with micro greens. Both, Zalman and I found our selections tasty and fitting appetizers for the delights to follow.

Next, we split a Chef’s Special Salad

Pescada Mediterranean Salad

Chef’s Special Salad

Zalman segued with the Soup du Jour

Soup de Jour, for Tuesday the 1st of March.

Soup du Jour, for Tuesday the 1st of March.

Actually there were two soups, a Butternut Squash Soup, and Vegetable Soup with house croutons in the three container dish.

I, meanwhile, had their Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Zalman followed his soups with a Miso Glazed Sea Bass, a grilled fillet of sea bass with a light coating of the Chef’s Special Miso Sauce. Judging by his face it was obviously cooked to perfection!

I went for the Grilled Tuna…

Grilled Tuna

Grilled Tuna

Whereas my associate had enough, I couldn’t resist a Double Chocolate Dessert…


Double Chocolate Cake

…which consisted of Belgian Chocolate, a thin layer of crunchy sweet crumbs topped with a layer of White Chocolate with sides of Vanilla Ice Cream and a sliced Strawberry. I washed it all down with a…

Nana Smoothie

Nana Smoothie

Nana Smoothie, it’s minty and citrusy flavours, a perfect companion for a superb meal. Zalman had their house red, a Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

Chef Lior showed a unique mastery and understanding of the balance of flavors in every dish we tasted coupled with an artist’s conception of colors and shapes. I will definitely be back!



Tortilla de Papas

Back as a teenager in Uruguay a friend’s mother would often prepare this dish. Finding this recipe brought back fond memories of my youth. Where did I find it? Glad you asked! The Culinary Institute of America, aside from being America’s foremost culinary college, also publishes many books among them the At Home with the Culinary Institute of America series, for home cooks. The recipe below is from a book in that series, Healthy Cooking:

Tortilla de Papas

This flat Spanish-style omelet makes a great brunch or supper dish, or you can cut it into cubes to enjoy at room temperature as part of a tapas spread. Ideally the tortilla should be about an inch thick after it cooks, so choose your pan accordingly.

Detail from photo by: Ben Fink, page 234

Detail from photo by: Ben Fink, page 234

Makes 6 servings

2 cups quartered cooked artichoke hearts *

2 roasted red peppers, sliced **

2 roasted yellow peppers, sliced **

2 tbsp Vinaigrette-Style Dressing ***

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp thyme

Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

4 tsp unsalted butter

8 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 Spanish onions, sliced

6 large eggs

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

  1. Combine the artichokes, peppers, vinaigrette, parsley, thyme, and a pinch of pepper in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
  2. Melt 1 teaspoon of the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes, season with the salt and a pinch of pepper, and cook, turning them occasionally to cook evenly about 8 minutes. Add the onions and cook until the potatoes are tender but not browned, 4 to 7 minutes more.
  3. Break the eggs into a large bowl and blend with a fork. Do not whip them to a foam. Add the potatoes mixture to the large eggs and toss gently to coat with the eggs.
  4. return the pan to medium heat and melt 2 teaspoons of the remaining butter. Pour the egg-vegetable mixture into the pan and cook without stirring until the bottom is set and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Tip the tortilla out of the pan onto a platter. Return the pan to the heat and melt the remaining spoon of butter. Slide the tortilla back into the pan, browned side up, cook until the second side is browned, 3 to minutes more.
  5. Serve the tortilla sliced into wedges, topped with artichoke and peppers and sprinkled with the goat cheese.

* Preparing Artichokes

Artichokes require some special attention before cooking. The barbs at the tips of the leaves are simple snipped away with kitchen scissors. Spread the leaves apart to expose the feathery “choke” and scoop it out with a teaspoon. To make hearts trim most of the leaves away from the base and the top of the artichoke. To make artichoke bottoms pull away all the leaves and trim the stem away. Reserve cut artichokes in water mixed with a splash of lemon juice, otherwise, they may turn brown.

** Roasting and Peeling Peppers

When peppers and chiles are charred over a flame, grilled, roasted, or boiled, not only are the flavors brought out, but the skins are loosened as well. If you have gas burners,, hold the the peppers over the flame with tongs or a large kitchen fork, turning to char them evenly.

If your grill is hot, char the peppers over hot coals or high heat. To roast or broil peppers and chiles in a hot oven or under a broiler, halve them; remove their stems, seeds, and membranes; and place them cut side down on an oiled sheet pan.Broil or roast until their skin is black and blistered. Once the entire pepper is evenly charred, transfer it to a paper bag or bowl and close or cover tightly . By the time the pepper is cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes, steam will have loosened the skin enough that it peels away easily. Peel and rub it away with your fingertips or use a pairing knife if the skin clings to some places.

*** Vinaigrette-Style Dressing

This dressing can be flavored in a myriad of ways. Try adding mustard, chopped fresh herbs, capers, onions, garlic, or citrus zest. Fruit and vegetable juices can be used in placeof the broth for a more intense flavor. Special vinegars such as balsamic, sherry, or red wine will give the dressing distinct character. Oils other than olive may be used., including various nut and seed oils (peanut, sesame, or walnut), canola oil, or other mono – or polyunsaturated oils. Refrigerated, this dressing may be stored for up to a week.

Makes 2 cups

1/2 tsp cornstarch

1/2 cup vegetable broth ****

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp kosher salt, or as needed

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or as needed.

  1. Combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the broth to form a paste. Bring the remaining broth to a boil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Remove the broth from the heat.
  2. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the broth. Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the broth has thickened
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the vinaigrette, and cool completely. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

**** Vegetable Broth

Makes 2 quarts

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 celery stalk, thinly sliced

1 leek, thinly sliced

1 carrot, thinly sliced

1 pasnip, thinly sliced

1 cup broccoli stems, thinly sliced

1 cup fennel, thinly sliced

12 cups of water,

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  1. Saute until starting to release juices, then add the water. Cover the pot and stir occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Simmer for 1 hour.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!



Lasagne alle Verdure – Vegetable Lasagna

Few Italian dishes have seen more variations than Lasagna, each one is delicious, each one has a distinct character.

From The Big Book of Pasta, published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2007:

Lasagne alle Verdure – Vegetable Lasagna

From The Big Book of Pasta, published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2007 - Photo on page 258

Detail from photo on page 258

Serves 4


  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 2 eggplants sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups strained tomatoes
  • 6 ounces dried no-precook lasagna sheets
  • 2 1/2 cups Béchamel Sauce *
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmegiano cheese
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Brush a large ovenproof dish with olive oil.. Brush a large grill pan with olive oil and heat until smoking. Add half the eggplants and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, or until golden brown all over. Remove from the grill pan and drain on paper towels. Add the remaining eggplant slices and extra oil, if necessary, and cook for 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the garlic, zuchini, parsley and marjoram. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the zucchini are golden brown. remove from the skillet and let drain on paper towels.
  3. Layer the eggplants, zuchini, grated mozzarella, strained tomatoes, and lasagna sheets in the dish; season with salt and pepper as you finish with a layer of lasagna. Pour over the Béchamel Sauce, making sure all the pasta is covered. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese and bake in the preheated oven 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately

* Béchamel Sauce

Makes about 1 quart


  • 5 tablespoons butter (or margarine for a pareve version)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (for a more Italian flavor, add ground nutmeg instead)


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the flour until smooth. Continue stirring as the flour cooks to a light, golden, sandy color, about 7 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and slowly whisk in milk until thickened by the roux. Bring to a gentle simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the flour has softened and not longer tastes gritty, 10 to 20 minutes, then season with salt and pepper (or nutmeg).

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!


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