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Tuna, Black Radish and Avocado Ceviche

Ceviche, what is it? Anyone? Well it is quite simple, take some fresh fish, cut it up in small pieces, marinade it in citrus for a few hours and there you have it, ceviche.

For this recipe we used a few ripe avocados, some black radish from the green market for some crunch and spice, lots of lime juice, some pickled chiles, salt, pepper, and really fresh tuna. The key is to have really fresh tuna, since you wont be cooking it, aside from the cooking that will happen from the citrus, you want to make sure the fish is really good. It is that simple, ceviche, done, done, we have done it, here it is, enjoy.

  • Ingredients (rough)
  • 2 Pounds of Tuna
  • 2-3 Avocados
  • 1 Black Radish
  • 4 Limes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2-4 Pickled Chiles, depending on your spice preference

 


The next time you weep in disbelief as a friend happily consumes a bag of jellied eels, bear in mind the Roman phrase ‘de gustibus non est disputandum’ (tastes are not to be disputed). While originally used in the context of art preferences, or more likely sexual leanings, the expression also lends itself to people’s choices in food.

The list of foodstuffs that inspire love or loathing is seemingly endless. Asked why they despise a particular food, people will build their damning arguments on a combination of smell, appearance, consistency and taste.

As everyone knows, particular smells trigger a desire for food. Many a vegetarian has been turned by the smell of frying bacon. Supermarkets are renowned for their use of in-house bakery aromas to induce bread-buying frenzies among shoppers. Unfortunately, some don’t even have a bakery. In July, the Net Cost grocery store in Brooklyn got into trouble after it was revealed that the aromas of chocolate and baked bread that suffused the outlet were all artificial and pumped in using a machine.

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Roasted Eggplant and Carrot Shumai with Sweet Chili Sauce

I know I know, I haven’t posted much about food recently, maybe a few things here and there but there have been no recipes or anything of the sort. So I wanted to throw out a recipe that has been keeping me happy for a long time now. It is a little sweet, it is a little spicy and it is all over the place when it comes to Asian cuisine. Some genius restaurants even go as far to put some out on the table for you because such a delicious sauce deserves endless squeezing ability when you are eating.

Ingredients

2 Jalapenos or Small Red Chiles (you can also use some pickled chiles if that is all you have)

1 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup of Water

1 Cup of Vinegar (White works well as does Rice Vinegar)

1-2 Cloves Garlic (depending on how you like it)

2 Teaspoons of Potato Starch (Or Corn Starch but Potato Better)

Salt to taste

Directions.

1. You can either finely chop the chiles and garlic  or you can throw them in a food processor with some of the water and vinegar and pulse them until they are minced well.

2. After everything is chopped combine all ingredients except the potato starch in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat while occasionally stirring. When it reaches a boil turn the heat down and let it simmer for five minutes allowing the sugar to melt and the flavors to make sweet chili love with one another.

3. Add 2 teaspoons of water to the potato starch and mix until incorporated. Slowly stir this in to the sauce that is simmering to thicken. Stir for a few minutes and take off the heat.

4. Once the sauce has cooled put it on just about anything you can think of. A little sweet, a little hot, a lot extremely delicious and addicting. Feel free to add or subtract the number of chiles you use as well as the type and size.

EP Release Party Menu

Tonight Canon Logic is throwing a party with music, food, drinks and light painting at 730pm. If you are interested in coming message me at Joshyq@gmail.com for the details. $20 gets you a free download of the EP and access to all of the deliciousness below along with some special drinks.

Menu

Tomatillo Cayenne BBQ Pulled Pork on Toasted Bread

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe with Creme Fraiche Yogurt and Cheese Sauce on Homemade Spiced Chip

Deep Fried Mushroom Risotto Balls with Garden Basil Pesto

Coconut Crusted Popcorn Chicken with Habanero Ketchup

Watermelon Almond Gazpacho

Roasted Eggplant and Carrot Summer Rolls

Mystery Surprise

Rapid Empire

Friends! Canon Logic’s new EP “Rapid Empire” is out and available to purchase here!

 

Come On Irene

Happy Birthday John

Come on Irene, is that the best you can offer? You had one job, to blow us all, and well, you blew it.

On friday night I had a show in Philly and I was determined to head straight back to NY right after for I wanted to be smack dab in the middle of this hurricane. We were told just a few blocks away from my loft that they had mandatory evacuation. I live by the water. It was John’s birthday and we had a catering job saturday day in Connecticut following a lock in party for him and the storm. Last minute we get a call friday night that the party was being postponed due to the weather which meant we were “stuck” with a shit ton of food.

My brother calls me up friday while I am getting ready to play and tells me a genius idea he came up with. He went around our whole apartment building knocking on doors and inviting people to eat food and drink with us followed by a live concert that YOU would be playing. For those of YOU who do not know YOU, YOU is a project I started sometime last year. The idea spawned from the fact that I play with so many musicians so often, constantly jamming and writing songs in group form, that I thought instead of starting a solo project where I play music for a crowd I would play shows and involve everyone in the audience. For YOU are the band. I start with whatever song randomly pops in to my head whether it be something pre-rehearsed or brand new and everyone that wants to join in singing, playing, dancing, and everything in between does so at their own liking. In this spirit everyone is part of the show whether you typically play music or not, if the moment strikes you, do what feels right, anything goes . You can watch some footage from a recent show here.

Before the hurricane swept through I went to my practice studio, cleared it out completely, moved my car to a safe spot, took some of the plants down from the roof, cleared the tables, and chairs, and bought a ton of food, booze, and a few more party favors… I had made my peace with the garden, saying goodbye to what I assumed would be turned to dust as Irene swept through. Little did I know that I should know better than to assume…

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When I think of the “father” or “god” of science only one image comes up. That black and white picture of Albert Einstein with his crazy white hair. You know the one that I am talking about. As a kid I always admired him, I was always in to science and so it was natural that if I was going to praise someone it would be the one and only Einstein. When Albert was a child his parents thought he was slow or mentally retarded because he used to stare and play with a compass for countless hours. What they saw from the outside as mentally challenged was probably just a really gifted child who was slowly figuring out the universe at the age of two. Or something like that.

Now is the part where you start to wonder how this ties in with anything… me too. To really understand Einstein’s theory of relativity, one of the theories he is most recognized for, one might think that you need years and years of schooling plus a rather advanced brain to grasp everything. In some cases this is probably true, to really understand all of the scientific jargon involved you would need to read a lot of books and take a lot of science lab classes but that being said, on a most basic and universal level, the theory of relativity is quite simple. And while Einstein takes credit for it in modern science, the actual idea of relativity has been around for much longer, dating back as far as the original Buddha 3000 years ago when he discovered it.

The best way that it can be demonstrated is the classic train moving scenario. Take two people, one is standing on a moving train with a ball in his hand and the other is standing on the ground watching the train go by. The train has large glass windows so that the observer outside can see everything going on. As the train goes by the outside observer, the person on the train drops the bouncy ball in his hand. The person standing on the train watches the ball fall straight down, hit the ground, and bounce right back up in to his hand. The observer outside of the train sees something a bit different. As the train quickly goes by and the ball is dropped he sees the ball fall in an arch shape going down and bouncing back up with the reverse arch. Question is; when asked how the ball fell which observer is right?

Answer. Relativity of course. The ball falling is relative to the person viewing. And in this way so is life in general. Everything is relative to the person and their own experience. Where some see eating meat as being bad and harmful to animals, others laugh at how silly of a notion that is considering their only chance for survival is to eat meat and what’s more they see animals eating each other all of the time. Some may enjoy spicy food while others think that it is too much. One critic of food may love a dish that I made while another may think it is disgusting. But who is right?

Again, it is relative to the eater. And what is more that response is relative to the way that I choose to see it. I have learned many different ways to cook many different things, but I have also come to understand that within each dish I am making there are about a million different ways to cook it. A French chef may demand one way of holding his knife while cutting, claiming it is the best way, while a Japanese chef may have a completely different opinion and believe his way is the the only “true” way.

As confusing as relativity can be, or as simple, it is quite a beautiful thing. When I was in college my girlfriends Mom at the time was very sick and after having dated her for only a few months her Mom committed suicide. That was hands down one of the most painful experiencing that I have ever gone through, and it wasn’t even my Mom. I couldn’t even imagine what it must have been like for my girlfriend but I saw her going through it all and it made me sick. It confused me, I was upset, I cried, I felt helpless towards her, lost, alone, downright awful. But it was all relative to what I had experienced before. Sure it was not nearly as bad as what she was going through but yet to me it was all that I knew and the pain had never been greater before.

The thing about emotions, no matter how clearly you can see what is right when you feel good, when things start to get to you, when sadness, anger, jealousy, and fear creep in, they have a way of taking control of even the simplest of thoughts. But you can’t always fight them, sometimes just riding them out really helps to calm the waters. And perhaps knowing that you are not the only one feeling the pain, that we all feel what is relative to our lives, that we are all alike in that way, perhaps that is what connects us and keeps life pushing forward.

Coney Island

On sunday after throwing a rather successful engagement party the night before my roommate Michelle and I headed to the beach with some friends. The weather man called for rain so we decided to hit up Coney Island instead of going to a beach that was further out just so we could get some sun in before the storm hit. Have to love those weather men, they said it was supposed to rain the night before which would have fucked up the roof top engagement dinner and that sunday was going to be beautiful. It was of course the opposite. Can’t plan for the weather now can you?

I packed everyone some lunch using the leftovers from the party before we headed out to Coney. Slow cooked pinto beans and mashed yams with roasted peppers and eggplants from the garden, topped with an herb cheddar cheese sauce and an ancho chili BBQ sauce, not too shabby. But upon arriving at Coney Island and seeing all the delicious fair food they had I immediately said to the group, “you guys are more than welcome to eat the sandwiches I brought but I won’t be offended in the least bit if you would rather eat the fair food because I sure as hell am going to.” Damn did I want a Nathan’s hot dog. And a deep fried oreo. And peppers and sausage. And…

We decided to hit up the old school ferris wheel and on the way down ironically ran in to my roommate Adam who was filming a music video of sorts with some friends. If you go to Coney Island and get on the Ferris Wheel (that is about 90 years old) I recommend sitting on one of the carts that moves, it makes for a much more exciting, and a bit more scary, experience. The one thing I really love about old amusement parks that you can’t seem to get out of the newer ones is that extra sense of fear. You know, the fear that the ride you are on is so old that the cart you are strapped in to could derail at any moment and send you plummeting 60 feet to the sidewalk. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

After rides and a few unsuccessful game attempts (damn you game where you can’t touch the medal circle to the crooked medal rode or the alarm goes off) we grabbed a few of those yard pina coladas and sat down to eat some food. The four girls I was with thought that the drink was too sweet and they ordered beers but I was enjoying mine quite much and drank most of it. I will admit it wasn’t that great but what do you expect? You get a free refill with each drink so I had no problem sucking them down and getting some more for the group, but not before I picked up an order of delicious cheese fries from Nathan’s for everyone.

After a few drinks we hit up the beach for a minute and admired the diversity that is Coney Island beach. I’ve never seen someone go in the water with their socks on before, let alone trudge them through the wet sand after they got out. Life is beautiful. Coney Island is kind of awesome and I glad it never shut down as they said it was going to when I first moved here. It only took me four years to ride the wheel. Look how far I have come.

When we returned home I must have been in challenge mode because some new things have come up. As an effort to save some money, and perhaps our bodies as well, Michelle and I thought it would be fun to start attempting to recreate some of her favorite frozen and fast made boxed foods and figure out how to make them from scratch. Tostino’s Pizza Rolls came first after a late night drunken purchase of a box of them the night before.

More on how that went along with other homemade attempts of our favorite boxed and frozen foods (think about the possibilities friends…) to come but for now I will say I am enjoying my second day without eating meat. I really want to explore being a vegetarian for a little while so as to have a better grip on what it means to cook for one.

Sometimes life can be tough, and I know that my last post left a few people in the dark, as it left me, but sometimes you just have to say fuck it, stop thinking too much, and get out there and enjoy some delicious time at Coney Island with good company. No one has showed and reminded me of that more than my roommate Michelle.

Did I Do That?

The length of the pause/freeze only means that you are typing too fast and being impatient. Your computer is trying to slow you down. Slow down a little.

I recently did something that everyone has always advised against. One of those things that not a single person has ever spoken positively about. And it was quite fucked there for a while. But now, looking back, I begin to see clearly.

Everything that I asked for I got. Thing is, I had never had it before so I had no idea as to how to handle it. I couldn’t see the future, predict the most logical outcome, and I could not see clearly and flow. I was a little fucked there for a while.

What exactly happened is unimportant and irrelevant. The situation stays the same at its most basic energy and I will react accordingly.

But why does it matter? Why are you still reading these words? Why am I writing them?

The same reason that anyone asks any question. Simply because they do not know the answer.

Thank you for putting up with the chaos.

 

Music Soothes The Soul

Light Painting On Your Phone?

Last night I had no plans, we usually practice monday, tuesday, and wednesday but we had off last night and since I gave up my ticket to Bon Iver the night before I decided to go scalping for one at Prospect Park. I drove over and brought my guitar, in the case that I couldn’t get in I would sit in the park and play, not a bad second option as I had endless with me. I ran in to a few scalpers who were selling for $100, “fuck that I thought.” I kept walking and found a guy that I talked down to $60, when I checked the ticket out it just looked a little bit shady and so I said “thank you” and kept on walking. After about 10 minutes I asked a girl with a real ticket if I could inspect her ticket just to get an idea as to what I should be looking for and then went back to the guy from before and bought the ticket. I shoved endless in my shoe and awkwardly limped in to the show.

The ticket was real…

I grabbed a beer and a water which I must say were most impressive. To be seeing a concert in NYC and only pay $6 for a delicious Shock Top Belgium White Beer and $2 for a water is pretty good in my book. I had some friends that I knew were going to the show but I hadn’t been to a show by myself in a while so I figured I would just do my thing and if I happened to run in to them I would just go with it. I got up all nice and close right before the opening band started and awaited the experience. The beauty of general admission when you aren’t with a big group is you can really jam yourself up front, but the only trouble with general admission is having to go to the bathroom…

Before I know it Michelle, my roommate, is calling my name as she spots me and finds her way up to my spot with a few of her friends. Sweet, friends found me and I have all this up close and personal space to share with them. I wouldn’t know Bon Iver if it wasn’t for Michelle and she insisted on me coming to the show so who better to share it with? Her business partner Ryan went to school with the lead singer Justin Vernon so I have an inclination she wouldn’t know about them if it weren’t for him either. How the world goes round.

When the lights went down and the band hit the stage there was musical magic in that Brooklyn air. For those of you who do not know Bon Iver I would suggest you grab his new album and find out. I had no idea how intense and powerful the stuff would be live as it is a bit moody but boy did he do it right. The man apparently doesn’t know how to write  bad song, not even an okay one. Hey musicians, you know that feeling when you see a live show and walk away thinking “so I guess I have never really written anything worth a damn before?” That was kind of how I felt after seeing Bon Iver. Check out this video we shot up close below.

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