Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The sliced flan.
Somewhere back in the 1980's I came across a recipe from an acquaintance in the Newcomers' Club we belonged to. She willingly shared the recipe with me and it has become a favorite ever since.
A flan is a Spanish or Mexican dessert and I think every country has some sort of variation on this theme. I like this recipe because it tastes wonderful, is reliable and I have not found one person who did not like it. The flavoring that goes into it is up to you. Kahlua always seems perfect, but this time I used Cointreau. Creme de Cacao would also be great. Or, if you prefer, a good quality vanilla extract would be tasty also. The recipe comes together quickly, spends a night in the refrigerator and then is ready to serve when you are ready to eat it.
3 oz. blanched almonds
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons Kahlua, Grand Marnier or your choice
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Of course, the wine again. A beautiful rose' from 2008 from a village near Nimes.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I followed her recipe
and this evening we had a lovely Chicken Marengo dish. We both enjoyed it very much.
I decided to serve it with Quinoa, pronounced Keen-wah. We like Quinoa a lot. It is a perfect protein and a wonderful substitute for rice or couscous. It is high in iron, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and fiber.
Quinoa can be used in salads and pilafs and as a simple side. It is also gluten-free and wheat-free. If you have not tried it, I really suggest that you might like it.
Thank you Sam for a delightful Chicken Marengo. I did not even bother finding my old recipe as I knew this one sounded perfect.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
After researching a lot as to just how I wanted to roast this lamb shoulder (slow and covered or high and uncovered), we settled on a version from Emeril Lagasse. Might change a few things next time, but we really enjoyed the lamb. Served the flageolet beans which we purchased from Rancho Gordo along side and grilled asparagus spears. The beans are so good. I always thought a dried bean was a dried bean, but these Rancho Gordo beans that I bought over the Internet are such winners. A little more pricey, but so very, very good.
And now, the wine. When we were in Siena, Italy, in 2001, we visited the regional wine store where only the best producers were allowed to offer their wines. Trout sat down with one of their knowledgeable staff and asked for 6 bottles of various Tuscany wines, to take home, that best characterized the various "terroirs" of the region. The 1995 Caparzo Brunello was selected for that region and carefully stored until last eve.
Brunellos only come from the small region in Tuscany called Brunello di Montalcino, home of the "brunello" variety of sangiovese grape and is highly sought after by collectors. It is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes and must be aged at least 2 years in wood barrels. This wine can be drunk immediately upon release but really improves if left to age for 10-20 years. Only about 600,000 cases are produced in regular and reserva bottlings with 200,000 finding their way to the USA. I paid $32 way back when for my bottle while expect to pay $50-100 a bottle now due to its relative scarcity and uniqueness.
Brunello is supposed to be more powerful, bolder and richer than the Vino Nobiles and Chianti Classicos nearby. It can be characterized in the usual terms of "crushed berries, light raisin, coffee, chocolate, tar, oak, tobacco, tannic," etc. etc..
We very much enjoyed out Brunello with the wonderful lamb roast. I let it breathe for an hour via our decanter. Would I pay $50 or more for Brunello vs $10-25 for an excellent Chianti Classico like Felsina, Banfi, etc.? Probably not, as I did not find this wine that much better, but it was a treat none the less. Maybe this was due to my under-educated palate for such rare wines.
My thanks to the Trout for the wine selection and for his write-up.