Recipe | The Magic Toast Formula

Recipe | The Magic Toast Formula

 Fig & fennel ricotta toast with honeycomb & pistachio

Fig & fennel ricotta toast with honeycomb & pistachio

There's a term in Chinese, 拿手菜 (na shou cai), that means speciality dish. Broken down in context, each character connotes "to grab, hand, dish" (respectively). I love it for how it celebrates beauty in scrappiness. It's like saying your specialty is your style, the natural proclivities of your hand when you have no brainspace left to think about cooking and you just need food, in stomach, taste good, now.

This is toast to me—whatever I can get a hand on in my frig. All's fair game, whether firstfruits or leftovers, farmers' market or bodega. All's you need is my *magic formula* for a no cook, no recipe, yes yum meal. A toast to toast! 🥂🍞


no-fail magic toast formula

🍞 bread + 🥑 spread + 🍅 crop + 🍯 top


 Mise in place anytime you're assembling (seriously, organization does WONDERS)

Mise in place anytime you're assembling (seriously, organization does WONDERS)

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🍞 BREAD // coarse, crunchy, airy, dense

Support local artisan! Find at a neighborhood bakery or farmers market. My picks:
NYC: Runner & Stone, She Wolf Bakery
SF: Josey Baker Bread, Tartine
DC: Lyon BakeryA Baked JointBread Furst
When all else fails: Whole Foods (sliced half loaves available)

🥑 SPREAD // smooth, creamy, slimy, chunky

Cheese based: ricotta (full fat pls, the reduced fat one @ TJ's is v v sad), mascarpone, your fav straight up cheese
Milk based: yogurt, labneh
Oil based: pesto, vinaigrette
Fruit based: avo, jam, compote
Nut based: nut butters, seed butters e.g. tahini

🍅 CROP // crisp, hearty, juicy, savory, & most importantly satiating
I say crop since we're staying raw. Meats usually require cooking, so if you're going sans-stovetop, imagine no further than what you'd get from your local farmer.

Fruits: whatever's in season
Veggies: whatever's in season & enjoyably edible raw. jazz it up & pick up something new (fennel, sprouts, endives, radish)
Seafood: anything pickled/smoked (salmon, herring, tuna)
Meats: fun flavored sausages from local butcher (if you're up for firing up the stove), cured meats (prosciutto, soppressata) 
Plant proteins: tofu, tempeh, chickpeas (again, must be cooked so i usually don't add to toast but fun when nice and crispy)

🍯 TOP // crunchy, sweet, salty, acidic, zingy

Nuts & Seeds: almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower yada yada (roasted & chopped!!)
Pickled/Fermented: onions, cabbage, cucumbers, anything!!
Herbs: scallions, dill, parsley, cilantro, yadaaa
Pop: poppy, chia, hemp (esp for extra protein), coconut
Dried Fruits: dates, figs, craisins, u no what u like
Drizzles: honey(comb), maple syrup, a spread
Spritz: lemon, lime
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Doesn't matter if the end result is an ugly or pretty or mediocre looking duckling, what's important is you didn't break out the pan (+1 for -1 oily dish), supported local, exercised creativity, and ate well. 

Let me know in the comments below what you end up making! 🙌🏼

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