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#1449960 Supper

Posted by voyager on 11 January 2020 - 04:14 PM

 

Roasted two whole red snapper tonight.    Wowzer!    Excellent quality fish, simple treatment.     Fresh tomato, onion, EVOO, caper sauce.    Braised fennel, black Camargue rice.      

(Started with boudin noir and caramilzed pears, pear cider from Normancy; Red hawk cheese with prune / walnut slab; chocolate sherbet with chantilly and crushed dried oranges. A lot of wine. Maybe best dinner party ever)
 

While I'm sure everything was great, that Red Hawk cheese is just so good, it almost makes me think we make some cheeses as good as they do in other parts of the world.

 

A tip on Red Hawk and its siblings, and maybe most cheese.   These are sold way too young here, so I buy as far in advance as I recognize an upcoming need.    Last night's was bought a month ago.    I took it out of the fridge at 7am yesterday and left it a room temp.    At serving, it was almost spoonable.   

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The brown slab next to it was an experiment that came out well.    I had bought Catalan prune and walnut "cakes" some dozen years ago but they vanished from our cheese stores.    Lots of fig and almond cakes but no prune.   So I chopped dried prunes, soaked them in Muscatel for a week or so, added toasted walnuts and anise seeds and packed it into a small loaf pan (lined in Saran).    Tamped it down daily for a week and this was the result.    Not as condensed as the real one, but everyone loved it.    I will let it age more and if I make it again, will give it more lead time.




#1449951 Supper

Posted by voyager on 11 January 2020 - 07:13 AM

Roasted two whole red snapper tonight.    Wowzer!    Excellent quality fish, simple treatment.     Fresh tomato, onion, EVOO, caper sauce.    Braised fennel, black Camargue rice.      

(Started with boudin noir and caramilzed pears, pear cider from Normancy; Red hawk cheese with prune / walnut slab; chocolate sherbet with chantilly and crushed dried oranges. A lot of wine. Maybe best dinner party ever)
 




#1449762 Supper

Posted by voyager on 07 January 2020 - 03:27 AM

Pork rillettes

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Bread and cornichon

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And three veg soup.

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#1449710 Best Meals of 2019

Posted by voyager on 06 January 2020 - 03:11 PM

In just a few months my 40 shrimp will be ready to go. :-)


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Looks like your shrimp will cost about as much per serving as our wood fired oven pizzas.   




#1449596 Best Meals of 2019

Posted by voyager on 03 January 2020 - 10:59 PM

My best dish, if you can even call it that, was revelatory: Tortillitas de camarones in a nondescript bar in Seville.  Not a day has passed that I haven't thought about that tapa.  I bought chickpea flour to make something that resembled what I ate in Spain, but somehow my attempts have resulted in the invention of shrimp latkes -- not bad, actually.

Lippy, is this anything close?   

Or do you want to share your fabulous sounding shrimp latkes?   




#1449441 Instant Pot warning

Posted by voyager on 31 December 2019 - 02:57 AM


 


 

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Thanks for this.




#1449126 Dessert, the Sweet Spot

Posted by voyager on 25 December 2019 - 04:48 AM

Christmas Eve croquembouche   3 grand-kids filled puffs, son "glued" them together.    This one probably our best yet, at least tallest.

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#1449078 Saying Goodbye to the Last Decade - How/What/Why/Where We Ate

Posted by voyager on 24 December 2019 - 02:46 AM

Apparently, senility has already set in.

 

 

 

 

There's no fix for that yet!

Have received two cards from two different friends.    Their favorite holiday song goes "I'm making a list, sending it twice..."




#1449017 Saying Goodbye to the Last Decade - How/What/Why/Where We Ate

Posted by voyager on 22 December 2019 - 06:06 PM

 

And yes, that’s entirely legitimate. But you know you’re going to get solid food, right? First example springs to mind for me is Mont Blanc 52. No innovation but they’ve been cooking that menu forever, there won’t be any mistakes, and it’s a lot of fun.

(Ukrainian Home, kind of, but it’s sort of straight-faced fun.)

 

 Yep - my issue with Ukrainian Home is one of - jesus, this food, in these quantities...will kill me. 

@Maison Rustique, I feel for you. I’ve been challenged by thumb pain (chopping, opening jars and bottles, lifting things), and I assumed it was osteoarthritis, which I’ve had in my hip and legs for years.

PT discovered it was back related and gave me a simple solution (lying on a foam roller). Good luck with your pain.

 

 

Thank you for that info! My physical therapist determined that much of the trouble with my hips was from my back, too. She gave me exercises but none with the foam roller, and I do have a roller. I'll break it out and start lying on it. 

 

Everything is back related.  I was hoping my sometimes staggering hip pain was actually do to my hip; but no, lumbar spine is a hot mess.

 

I walked in to find husband rolling a soda can under his foot.    Doing?     Is that for your foot or ankle or leg?   His therapist advised it for whole body.    It's one interrelated hot mess.




#1448891 San Francisco in 2014 and Beyond

Posted by voyager on 16 December 2019 - 07:29 PM

Is Mouthfuls going to move beyond this (archaic) method?     Other similar sites now offer "click and drag" photo uploads.   Do these cost all that much more?   And/or do we eed to pass the hat?    I think it has been raised before.




#1448342 Supper

Posted by voyager on 30 November 2019 - 08:12 PM

I have this one

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It is additionally an advertising piece with a matchstriker (along side of package) on the bottom

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#1447742 Keto

Posted by voyager on 11 November 2019 - 02:48 AM

It's all personal, but I found a regime of poached fish and steamed veg a winning combo.    It resulted in a 5 pound a week loss, and allowed a glass or so of wine a night and a dinner party meal or night out a week   Loss was maintained.   What I liked was that I could easily order off a restaurant menu as well as not make waves as a guest at someone's table.    Either choose carefully or eat everything in curated moderation.




#1447235 How the Hipsters Killed the Market

Posted by voyager on 28 October 2019 - 02:12 PM

LOL.    I have long mused how we enjoy dining out at young, hip restaurants in France but abhor the ambiance in the same category at home.     Can't decide if young French are really that much less callow than their American peers or if my limited French just makes their chatter seem less inane.   




#1446607 Supper

Posted by voyager on 15 October 2019 - 01:19 AM

Strozzapreti

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With prawns, tomato, sorrel, basil

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#1446590 Rice

Posted by voyager on 14 October 2019 - 10:55 PM

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