Photo byÂ John von Pamer
My Mother’s Celery Remoulade with fresh baguette.
1 Celery Root
1 hard- boiled egg
1 raw egg
2 T Dijon mustard (Maille is good)
1 tsp vinegar (apple cider or red wine)
Canola oil (1 or 2 cups or as much as you want)
Salt and pepper
1 tsp tarragon
Prepare the celery root: If you have a good mixer with a shredder attachment use that afterÂ peeling it. Then blanch it for no more than three minutes in salted water keeping it crunchy.Â Prepare the remoulade dressing: Place the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl or jar. Stir aÂ little and add the egg yolk. Start mixing more vigorously with a hand wisk. The mayonnaise will be lighter in color and texture. Pour the oil in a thin stream while whisking continuously. For this dish, 1 to 2 cupsÂ should be enough. Add some seasoning if you would like.Â Chop the hard boiled egg and incorporate itÂ into the sauce. Drain the celery root and place in a salad bowl. Pour the remoulade dressing on the top and toss until the dressing is evenly spread. The flavors will be better absorbed if the celery is still warm when you mix in the dressing.Â Let cool down before eating. It gets even better if you leave it in the fridge over-Â night for marinating.
Last great book you read?
A Tale of Love and Darkness byÂ Amos Oz.Â It is an unconventional autobiography as well as a realistic account of the founding of Israel.
Animals-names and breeds?
Afraid I haven’t had much luck in that department since my goldfishÂ died of starvation when I was 7 years old.
Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
I occasionally go to a relaxation class which consists of lying on your back for 90Â minutes. It’s brilliant and I am going to pretend that it is exercise.
Salty or sweet?
I love anything pickled – from cucumber to herring.
Who inspires you and why?
My 92 year old grandmother. She is very pragmatic. When she was young she didn’tÂ like women. Then she had three daughters and changed her mind.
Pool or ocean?
The Ocean.Â Isak Dinesen said that “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.”
Last great vacation?
Time spent on my family’s farm onÂ Laesoe, a tiny island in the north of Denmark.
Favorite TV show?
I have never owned a television.Â David Foster Wallace said that “TV is like candy in that it’s more pleasurable and easierÂ than real food. But it also doesn’t have any of the nourishment of the real food…If that’s the basic main staple of yourÂ diet, you’re gonna die.”
Weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Being a choir girl in a church for the hearing impaired. Singing in front of deaf people is a great way to get rid of stage fright.
I like sitting at the bar atÂ Mary’s Fish Camp. Their lobster roll with curly fries is nice.
Favorite object in your home?
My antique leatherÂ Eames lounge chair. It’s like sitting in a giant baseball glove. I don’tÂ care if it’s brown and takes up half the living room.
Favorite piece of clothing?
An original ‘Lucia Guzman’ alpaca wool sweater in petroleum blue, which was made for me.Â Otherwise, anything I have ever bought at Castor & Pollux.
Favorite blog or website?
Unphotographable. Unfortunately, it is only updated sporadically.
Something you’re scared of?
I don’t think I’m scared of anything.
Lieder ohne Worte by Felix Mendelssohn played by Walter Gieseking.
Nantes by Beirut.
Your Ideal day?
I would start with hard physical labor in the morning, followed by an afternoon at workÂ ending with an evening at the Metropolitan Opera.
Favorite gift you’ve ever received?
The confrontationalÂ Iris – a rebel without a cause.
Favorite perfume or scent?
Vol de Nuit by Guerlain.
Gemini with Pisces risingÂ and the Moon in Cancer.
What do you do for a living?
I work as a financial analyst for an energy fund in Midtown.
Where do you live?
In an apartment on West 11th Street with my special someone.
Your lucky number?
My lucky number is 9 according to the Chinese method of calculation.
What piece of art would you buy if you had no budget?
A painting by Vilhelm Hammershoej – the Danish master of the color grey.