Friday, September 4, 2009

Williamsburg Skatepark

They are building a skatepark just outside McCarren Park.  
Matt and I decided to go check it out and see if we could hop the fence.
Turns out, we weren't the only ones trying to skate it.
Here is a little clip that Matt threw together.

model citizens/all smiles from Matt Webster on Vimeo.

Just don't go unless there are a few people.

Minimize your ticketing risks....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ian's Killing shit...

Just a little look into Ian's BK Summer.
Montage in the works.....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Charred Peppers Taste Better

Pretty much anytime I use a pepper, I like to charr them.
All you really do is leave it out on an open flame.
Keep it going till it's completely  black.
Once the pepper is black, throw it in a covered container.
After a few minutes, the skin will loosen from the steam created,
making it easy to peel the burnt skin off.
Just peel it all off by hand, or under water.
I prefer by hand, I think water will take some of the flavor.

The end result will taste much better. 
It will add a different depth to your food.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Bed

I built my own bed.
It is way better than something from Ikea.
Jessi is apparently "smarter" than me when it comes to building.
Buy a saw, Do it yourself.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pickled Garlic Scapes

The recent obsession here has been Pickling.  
Matt and I decided to pickle some garlic scapes one night.
I got the idea from one off my bosses.
She was telling me the process of how her mom makes them.
How come Korean people know so much about pickling?
Heating up the brine.
Shoyu, Rice Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Peppercorns.
Little snakelike tasty garlic scapes.
Matt tried to not blow it and miss the jar.
They have been sitting in the fridge for 2 weeks.
They are just about perfect.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New Brooklyn Avocado home

Sorry for the lapse in posts.
Jessi and I made the decision to get an apartment together.
We had quite a few let downs but we got lucky.
The apartment is shaping up nicely.
The meals have been almost never-ending.
This is the new home for BKAVO Recipes.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Bringing it back from the ollllllld Avalon Park Days.
Matt and Sebastian.
Polaroid modifications.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

De-lic-ious Di-sh-es with the Sista Sol-ja house

Made some pretty good food with some friends.
Sista Soljas in the flesh, Lindsey and Solange.
We had Polenta with:
Braised Fennel
white wine sauteed Portobellos
Good times cooking with friends.
Afterwards, the Pobe got to work cleaning.
Yes it's a pants-robe...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Blood Orange with Watercress

I decided to make a simple salad the other day.
I was really in the mood for some nice spicy Watercress.
I had a good Blood Orange the day before.
2 Blood Oranges, Supremed.
1 Bunch of Watercress, Chopped.
1 Cucumber, de-seeded and Sliced thin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Simple is sometimes so good!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Roberta's is killing it....

I recently started to work at Roberta's in brooklyn.
The brunch is easy and fun to work.
It was a good feeling to get back into a kitchen and just cook.
Head pizza slayer Anthony made me an amazing Pizza.
Ramps with Ricotta.
If you haven't had ramps, get them.
I get them from the Union Square Farmers Market Wednesday and Sunday.
I will inform everyone about them more in the coming days.
The pizza was heavenly.
Good Char.
The creamiest Ricotta you've ever tasted.
Light but full of flavor.
Get to Roberta's fast, it's an awesome place.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Share The Cellular Freedom from Matt Webster on Vimeo.

The summer is here and another video will be coming soon.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lot of Work to Do...

To get this....
Back to this.....

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ryan O' Connor

Ryan O' Connor from chris field on Vimeo.
Ryan and I have been friends for a long time.  Maybe you saw his break through part in Visual Freedom?  I made that part happen.  I visited florida recently and we got to hang out.  Great friend, Great times.  There's a little Jack Moran cameo in there.  Enjoy this little clip.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Testing Pizzas

I periodically go through bouts of distraught on how I should run the Pizza station at Whole Foods.  I came to the realization that I like pizza, but I wouldn't go there to get it.  Some of my favorite pizza places have a very different style of pizza than what we have to make everyday.  Artichoke, Roberta's, Otto and all of my other favorites have a very thin crust and would be considered Neapolitan Style.  The best part about Neapolitan is that they typically cook it in a 800 degree (or higher) wood-fired stone oven.  Most of the people who work the Pizza at Whole Foods tend to be frightened if the oven even reaches 510 degrees.  Once we were done making pizza for the night, I cranked the oven up and let it heat up for over an hour.  I didn't have too much more time to make my pizza, so I started to make it when it was at 675.  It was simple, a margherita but with capers on it also.  I stretched it by hand, instead of the lame dough stretching machine that we normally use.  The only problem with stretching that I didn't think about before is that I couldn't stretch it bigger than the pizza spatula.  I had a lot more dough than I wanted, but I said what the heck it'll just be a puffy crust on the edge.  It cooked very quickly, under 5 minutes I'm pretty sure.  I put the Basil on after it came out.  I wish that I had used half of the dough so it wasn't as puffy and had the oven at least 100 degrees hotter.  It tasted pretty good however.  Who knew what a little nice olive oil, salt and pepper could do for the sauce.  We may never make pizza like that at Whole Foods but it was a good learning experience.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring Skating with Friends

Spring '09 from chris field on Vimeo.
A little montage I made of when Bert and Grant came to visit.
I also put Cliff, BD, and Yaje in there.
The song is by Zak Fine.
Stay tuned for the Ryan O' Connor Montage

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The End to Brussel Sprouts

Well the season of this delicious baby cabbage has come and gone.
To tell you the truth though, I still could have eaten more.
At Whole Foods, we were roasting 50lbs or more of them A DAY!
No matter what, just don't boil them like our previous generation would.
Here I used  some good Olive Oil, Shitake Mushrooms, Garlic, and Lemon.
I squeezed half of the lemon into the pan.
Season it with corse ground Pepper and some good Sea Salt.
So with much sadness, I will say goodbye to this tasty vegetable till next year.
I hope everyone got to enjoy them!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Winter's Past

Sorry for the hiatus, things have been pretty hectic with me latley.
Had a nice spring visit from Bert and Grant.
You probably have seen the weekendtage but my montage is in the works.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Grizzly Bear


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Heart of Wheat Bread

Bread, bread, bread and more bread.  
Chris and I are on a bread kick and this is the first one that I have tried out of the Bread Bible.  This is just a simple rustic bread but it has a few tablespoons of fresh wheat germ.  Wheat germ has many essential nutrients and is a good source of fiber.  It gives the bread a more wheaty, hearty, yummy taste.  

This was also my first try at slashing or making cuts in the dough.  I think I made them a little too wide but now I know for next time.  Making your own bread is really fun and satisfying.  It is a little intimidating at first but give it a try!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Olive Bread to the Head

The Olives in the bread make it outrageously good.
I work at the Union Square Whole Foods, there's a gaint Pizza oven.
I brought the dough to work and threw it in that 550 degree beast.
The real secret to why this bread turned out good was Water.
I would sprinkle water on the loaf every few minutes.
The water makes it crisp up really nice.
I did mess up a little when I slashed the top of the bread.
I cut a little too deep on one side.
It was a very nice smaller loaf.
Everyone I work with really seemed to like it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Secret Garden

This is in Gainesville, not Brooklyn.
And it's not so secret anymore since I've told pretty much everyone about it.

A lot of flowers bloom in Gainesville in the winter time and it makes the town so lovely.  In every yard there are bright pink, purple, red and white flowers.  There is a place by my house where the only thing there are these beautiful flower bushes.

Some are as big as  my hand and some are multi-colored.  Some are so perfect they don't even look real.

At the Secret Garden the ground is covered in whole flowers and tons of petals.

If you are in Gainesville take advantage of the flowers now before they are gone until next year.
And go to the Secret Garden!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Bread Bible Ciabatta

Inspiration has led me in a whim of trying to bake my own bread.
Jessi made Focaccia and I just had to make my own bread.
I wanted to make a nice, light and airy Ciabatta Bread.

I think I over kneaded the bread, creating more gluten strands and less air.
Living is Learning I guess.
This was just the first test.

You make a pre-ferment and let it sit for atleast 6 hours.
My Pre-ferment is called a Biga
This is my Pre-ferment at about 8 hours.

Mix all the ingredients and the Biga together.

Sticky Sticky dough.

Then kneading it comes into play.
I think I kneaded it for 12-14 minutes.
Less kneading next time.

Let it triple in volume.

Shape it out and let it rest for another 2 hours.

Throw it in a 475 degree oven with a pan underneath.
I threw some ice cubes on the tray below to create steam.
30 or so minutes later, you have bread.

How Much Tempeh Could a Woodchuck Chuck?

Sometimes it must seem like all I eat is Tempeh.
It's a good way to get a ton of protein and I really like the Texture.
Red Quinoa with Peppers and Corn.
sautéed Carrots and Kale.
Fried Tempeh with Chimichurri.
Everyone really should make Chimichurri.
After making it one time I was hooked, the vinegar and fresh herbs and the subtle red pepper kick is simply amazing.
Chimichurri Recipe.
1 bunch Italian flat leaf Parsley.
1/2 bunch Cilantro.
1 cup Olive Oil.
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 Lemon's juice.
4-5 Garlic cloves.
1-1 1/2 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper.
(I like it a little spicier so I go more like 1 1/2 Tbsp.)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
You can use this on virtually anything. We ate it with Yucca Fries, Tofu, Potatoes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Guacamole is better than yours.

The title may be true other than possibly my brothers guac.
I always am trying to do some sort of variation on it.

In a pan Dry sautee 1 cup of corn untill browned.
Add 1/2 cup of White Onion Diced.
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
2 Chilies chopped (I used serano and jalapeño)
1 tbsp Ground Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste.

1 Tomato diced.
3 Avocados.
1 Myer Lemon
1 Lime.
1 bunch Cilantro.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
Add the Corn mixture.
Add more Salt and Pepper if needed.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Jessi and I decided to check out this really good falafel place called Taïm. We may or may not have heard about it when the owner beat Bobby Flay on Throwdown... Either way, I'm really glad we went.

You can get this huge falafel platter for under $10.
Trust me, it is worth every single penny.
I also found out something new,

Jessi is really good at making sauces look even more fancy.
I don't know what she was going for on the middle one, a tree maybe?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Year of the Ox.

Jessi was here and we saw that there would be a Chinese New Year parade coming up. We figured it would be an experience since Chinatown alone is interesting.
Who has to clean all of this "celebrating" up?

No one is concerned with his job. Everyone is concerned with celebrating with this..

It was a fun experience but Jessi and I couldn't understand how these teenage boys had to walk for blocks with someone standing on their shoulders...
I wouldn't want to switch off with the bigger boy...