In One Picture: Hurricane Sandy Turns a Pumpkin Into a Storm Salad
I feel almost guilty enjoying the calm central California autumn here while the northeast is in chaos due to Hurricane Sandy. My brother, a professional chef who lives in Brooklyn, decided to make the most of it even though his family’s Carroll Gardens apartment is at the convergence of low, moderate and high likelihood of evacuation zones in FEMA’s books. All those pumpkins could serve as storm grub as long as one is able to cook. To that end, my brother cut up a pumpkin and tossed it with rosemary, fennel, star anise, allspice and coffee and roasted the mixture together. Throw in some shaved funnel, pomegranate seeds and red pepper, top it with a yogurt and tahini dressing, and his family, and perhaps apartment building, is safe. Lesson learned: Storm Sandy notwithstanding, all those pumpkins decorating windows and porches should not be wasted. They are nutritious gold. And help with hurricane preparedness. Part of our random In One Picture series. Photo courtesy Kevin Kaye.