Local Meets Global
by the Editors
“I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.” Brendan Behan, Irish author (1923-1964)
The Homesteader’s Handbook
Want a recipe for pork?
Start with the chapter on keeping pigs and choosing a breed. You can skip the section about slaughter and processing if you want to and go straight to the recipe for Glazed Baked Ham with Spiced Figs and Parsley Sauce. Want to grow beets—Bold Blood or Golden Detroit? Or just cook them? Part how-to for the homesteader, part Home Ec for local, sustainable-ag gardeners and cooks, The River Cottage Cookbook, by Englishman Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is a true earth-to-plate cookbook for wherever you live and however you want to eat.
Available at Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown Books, 44 Main St.Edgartown, 508-627-8463 (hardcover, about $35).
You want to touch them, these smooth, hard-glazed curves of kilned clay from master-potter Geoffrey Borr of Chilmark Pottery. They call for exotic swirls of sauces and accents for sushi, dumplings, and dim sum. Or green blobs of wasabi, finely sliced pickled radish, or a drop of miso swirled with sweet mirin, tamari, sesame oil, and chopped scallions floating on top.
These bowls will grace any dinner table, yet we keep one on our desk to hold tiny treasures—a golden slipper shell, a bead, a lucky penny. Bowls are about $16 each, chopsticks $3/pair. Chilmark Pottery, State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-6476.
Wandering the musings of Holly Gleason’s www.theyummylist.com for food finds here on MV takes you down our dirt roads, inside our grocery stores, and into our hearts. You’ll also find yourself riding the wild ride down the highways and byways of Holly’s adventures. A rock and roll critic, country music’s dream weaver, a number one hit songwriter, she’s a girl who loves, lives, and tastes life, wherever she is—whether that’s sipping French reds with Hall-of-Famers, or meeting a friend at Sharky’s for an afternoon pomegranate margarita, or two. Sharky’s Cantina, 266 Upper Main St., Edgartown, 508-627-6565 and in Oak Bluffs, 31 Circuit Ave. 508-693-7501.
Stainless, stackable, and sealable, tiffins are India’s answer to sustainable Tupperware. In the streets of Mumbai at lunchtime you’ll see them precariously clanging off the bicycles of the dabbawalla (or tiffin-walla, roughly translated as “lunch-pail man”). The dabbawalla deliver thousands of home-to-office lunches every working day in the most complex low-tech-yet-efficient delivery system the likes of FED EX have never seen. On the Vineyard, filling your tiffin with food-to-go is not nearly as complex. You can buy your set, a cascading stack of three containers, at Scottish Bakehouse for about $20. Then if you want, bring it back for your take-out lunch. While you’re tiffin-ing at the Scot, try the Brazilian plate, or broccoli rabe with tofu and get $1.00 off for being kind to the environment, better to your belly.
Scottish Bakehouse, 977 State Road, Tisbury,
Serious Sushi So Fresh
Is it Sushi Chef Hesi’s dragon roll, tamago sashimi, or simple salmon roll that we love the most? Actually, it’s Hesi. A native of China, now a Vineyard year-rounder, he’s a man who takes his kitchen arts and his sushi seriously. It’s made with the freshest of fishes and topped with secret sauces, and/or spicy crunchy bits. These bite-sized nori-wrapped treats from Net Result’s sushi bar are a yum- my source of local-meets-global in a sea of seafood snacks. Sushi prices range from $6 to $18. Net Result, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, (508) 693-6071.