Recently, I had the privilege of being the first home cook featured at a new monthly series at Cómodo, a Brazilian restaurant in the West Village.
I put together a prix fixe of Brazilian and Indian flavors (or "Brazindian," as I like to call it).
My girl Carolina Santos-Neves (Epicurious blogger and YouTube star), who consults for Cómodo, got me the gig and handed me my whites.
Back in the kitchen, I had my sous chefs for the evening mix a dressing of my homemade cashew cream, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne, brown sugar, and a dash of salt, which was massaged into chopped kale for the first course, a pineapple kale salad finished with a tiny sprinkle of powdered sumac berries (more for color than anything else).
I made this dish because kale salad is a perennial feature at Cómodo, and the citrus, spice, and cashew richness for me evoke both the East coast of Brazil and the West coast of India.
Hope you enjoy!