Saturday, January 31, 2015

in a Chinese Pickle 酸瓜

Chinese Five Spice Powder is a ground-up mix of cinnamon, star anise, fennel seed, ginger, cloves, pepper and licorice root.

Never mind that’s actually seven. 
It makes a very nice pickled carrot.

Peel them, slice them into quarters and pack them into clean jars.


Into a small saucepan squeeze the juice of one large lemon, about ¼ cup.

Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt and a teaspoon of the 5-spice. 

Then bring it to a boil and turn it off.

Cut the garlic in half and shove some into each jar, then split the boiled spice mix between the jars. 

Now boil about half-a-cup of cold water in the same saucepan, then top up the jars to just barely overflowing.

And that’s it. 
Shake ‘em, put ‘em in the fridge and give ‘em about a week to taste.

When finished they’ll keep until tax time!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

missing you

like a phoenix

Back in June 2012 I did a bit of research about this forlorn building on 125th just across Park Avenue from MetroNorth.


The Mount Morris Bank Building was very cool in its day and I feared it might be lost to demolition.

In the 1890’s it looked like this:

Cornell University Library

A major fire one century later left it like this:


But now there’s good news!

A developer has been found and $17 million raised, and the building is rising once again.

It was originally built in 1883-84, a kind of Harlem cousin to our ClockTower.

Called the “Corn Exchange” since 1913, it is receiving LEEDS certified yellow insulation and copper cornices, quality touches that imply a classy finish.

When completed later this year it will offer new retail and office space in the heart of Harlem 
with immediate access to public transportation.


Stay tuned for the grand opening. 
You bet I’m going!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

bristling with

Monday, January 26, 2015