I was about 19 years old when I found out about Andy Goldsworthy’s work through the beautiful documentary Rivers and Tides at Cinema Village.  In retrospect, it was a pretty seminal discovery in my personal growth.  I had seen a few of his installations over the years, but for one reason or another, I had never made my way up to the Storm King Art Center, where his famous Storm King Wall was standing.  Each time I would go up to Dia: Beacon, I would remind myself to check out Storm King next time.  Many more meetings with Louise Bourgeois’s spiders and that much more reminders later, thanks to other people’s enthusiasm, I finally paid a visit to Storm King.

The day before the trip we talked about packing lunch bags for our excursion.  I ended up working pretty late that day.  Around 11:40pm or so, I forced my self out of my bungee chair and started slicing and chopping some vegetables close to midnight.  I knew I wanted to make 2 different kinds of sandwiches on the circular baguette from Zabar’s, and I wanted to make easy fillings that can stay in the fridge over night, using the vegetables we had at home.  That way, I can quickly put together a sandwich that won’t be super messy in the morning, without spending much.

  • Here’s what went in the oven and baked for about 40 minutes at 370 degrees:

Sliced egg plant, bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms + crushed garlic + salt and pepper + lots of olive oil

  • After that, I chopped some sweet potatoes and carrots, and started boiling.
  • Meanwhile, I started pan-glazing some tempeh with this sauce:

soysauce, garlic, orange juice, minced garlic, mirin, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

  • When the sweet potatoes and carrots are softened, I made it like mashed potatoes
  • All things went in the fridge over night.

As I had planned, I was able to construct 2 kinds of sandwiches rather quickly for 3 people.  First, the tempeh and mashed sweet potato sandwich.

I put the mashed orange roots on like I would a spread, and layer with sautéed kale, and tempeh.

After the vegetables have been baked, there are still a lot of garlic and herb infused oil left on the pan.  I left it covered over night, and rub the bread on it.  It makes a great base for the vegetable sandwich.

Layer order: eggplant + peppers + onions + mushrooms +more black pepper!

The previous day, I had eaten about 1/4 of the baguette.  I felt like with so much stuffing, 3/4 of the circular baguette would yield enough sandwiches for 3 people-  2 mini sandwiches for each person + potato salad that Lucy was going to bring.  I cut the 3/4 of the bread in half before assembling, so when they were all assembled, it looked like this:

Cut each half in thirds, wrap in parchment paper, and lunch was ready.

I packed the left over orange roots + kale and the pan glazed tempeh in a tupperware in a tupperware for Matt to take to lunch, and left for some fall foliage and sculpture.

The process of getting to Storm King was as beautiful, complex and arduous as  Goldsworthy’s work process.  I followed directions as instructed from the Map application on my iPhone, and somehow ended up on Caramoor Center for Music, which was a striking place.  But still… WTF.  I tried again right now just to be sure, but if you type “Storm King Art” on your Map application, it will give you a very precise direction to Caramoor Center for Music, an hour drive away from the Storm King Art Center.  I even took a screen shot to prove it!

The lesson here when using GPS device, is to always find out the exact address of the destination.  Shame on you google maps, for tricking your blind follower, and shame on me for being an unscrupulous simpleton. 그리구 언니들, 다시한번 미안 ^-^;

After a quick walk around the Caramoor, we decided to at least have our lunch there.  We wanted to eat under the picturesque gazebo, but discouraged by the cold breeze, we settled with having our lunch in the car.

The situation wasn’t ideal, but our lunch was delicious, especially with the dill potato salad.

After our lo-budget style lunch, and a couple more detours later, we arrived at Storm King.  We chit chatted as we walked through the meadows and the forest, circled around a Richard Serra and gave a quick glance at a Maya Lin.  Andy Goldsworthy’s wall was just as expected, but what struck me the most was the open land and the autumn leaves.  Every time I visit the Hudson River Valley, I fantasize about living up there.  I hope to make it out one more time before all the leaves fall.  Apple picking perhaps?

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