An artist friend who has a studio at the Goat Farm invited me out a couple of weeks ago. This urban oasis just behind the Westside Provisions District serves as a fun event space at night, but during the day the mood is so peaceful and contemplative. I don’t’ want to sound like Mr. New Age Goop, but you eat mindfully when you’re here, and the take-it-or-leave-it single meal is exactly what the place calls for.
I was happy to take this coconut curry chickpea soup, deepened by the addition of mustard seeds. On the side was a mustard green quesadilla that cart operator Jessamine Starr assembled in an electric skillet from prepared frozen roti, shredded cheese from a bag and delicious sautéed greens. She topped it with a wonderfully tangy bottled chutney. I point out these ingredients not to cast aspersions but rather to point out what an intuitive, thoughtful cook she is. (I bet thrown-together-in-10-minutes Wednesday dinners at her house are fabulous.)
We bundled up and ate outside, but there’s a library where you can get coffee, soda or a beer.
A perfect respite.
- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog