Talking about my house here, longing for my vegetable garden to come to life, but Garden to Table in the back of Hall B at the flower show is the subject here. (Grab your apron - how about this one?) These culinary demos are one of my favorite things.
Yesterday I popped in to see David Corbett, a congenial Irish chef who made what he calls Molly Malone's shellfish paella. I was struck by something Corbett said: that in Ireland, no one is ever more than two hours away from the sea, so all the fish is very, very fresh. (I'll think of that next time I'm in my local Super Fresh. Do not stop at the seafood counter!)
Corbett's recipe called for clams and mussels, shallots, garlic and red ppper ("Spanish holy trinity"), tomatoes, stock and herbs. It smelled wonderful, and gave me an idea for a special dinner this weekend to celebrate my retirement from the 2014 flower show.
There's a full roster of chefs every day ... today, for example, Wyatt Lash of The Whip Tavern in Coatesville, whom I saw last year, cooks at 2:30, 3:30 and 5:30. Chef Myra Kornfeld, an Organic Gardening magazine contributor, comes on at 11:30 a.m., and Rufino Rengifo of Celebrity Cruises will be there at 7:30. But the big name today is Rachael Ray, who will do a 1-hour Q&A on the main stage from about 1:40-2:30. (She won't be cooking. No EVVO available?)