Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Ten days since the last post and in that time I have eaten a ton of shit....
On a recent trip to Costco, yeah be snooty but they have everything and in very large quantities and I like it, I stumbled upon a dozen perfect Whoopie Pies that called out for me to bring them home. With my buddy and co-worker at my side we waited just minutes (after splitting a chicken bake) to dig into these perfect little chocolate cake discs which flanked a heavily yet heavenly lard laden vanilla frosting. Shit it was good, but I do not recommend doing this without milk. In the last couple of days I've ended dinner with one of these heart stopping beauties and I am now down to only two. Tonight I will eat them both and most likely minutes later regret the entire experience.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
We love Cod so much here at the apartment that if we could we'd eat it thrice a week but realistically we eat it as often as possible. Being in New England the fish with the greatest advantages for us is the Codfish. It's local, cheap and fresh. Fished off the New England coast for centuries the Codfish + New England marriage is one made perfect by the fact that this fish is one tasty mother. We also had two scallops each, just pan seared and a couple pan seared trumpet mushrooms BOOM dam it was great.
For one nice dinner all you need is a nice piece of Cod, Whole Foods (yeah they are expensive aren't they) sells locally caught Cod, never frozen, super fresh, white and tasty for 14.99 per lb. a half lb. fillet runs around $7 bucks and will generously feed 2. She and I were full to the gills after I made a little cheesy mushroom polenta and a Boston bib lettuce salad. Pictured above is some onion garlic foccacia I baked up BOOM it was really good shit. Listen there was cheese in the polenta, but that was about it. So yeah I eat alot of cheese but the lady she isn't exactly into every cheese.
Having said that she does like one particular cheese...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I went to Whole Paycheck and started browsing around looking for some good eats to make me little lady. Honestly I wanted a nice thick steak. She likes skirt, hanger, or flank steaks, and even then red meat isn't her favorite. I make fish all the time, and she never eats chicken because she thinks its dirty and raised inhumanly and I do agree, but man when it's fried up right with some mashies and gravy, MMMMMmmm good.
I decided on pork chops, bone in, thick cut center jobs cause you know how I do it. I purchased some more this and thats, but the menu went as follows.
Date and Walnut breaded chops with white wine honey garlic gravy.
Mashed quartet of potato, yam, celeriac, and beet with acacia honey and sage butter.
Fried broccolini with lime.
Fresh baked white rolls.
and for dessert her favorite Creme Brulee - oh yeah I got some.
The chops got brushed with honey Boom then I covered em with date walnut bread crumbs I made in the food processor. The potato, yam, celeriac, and beet got boiled mashed and then hit with cream, sage butter and honey, salt and peppered and to the table. Broccolini into the blanching water out into the pan then a squeeze of lime, done. Bread rose for 6 hours, was formed into little balls, brushed with melted butter and finished with Maldon salt then into the oven, so they were steamin hot for soaking up, the gravy - roux then chicken stock then white wine then garlic from the pan the chops finished roasting in then all into that pan for a nice deglaze, lots of pepper, some more honey and then a lump o' butter to give that shiny sexy texture. She literally sopped it up and then we watched SNAKES ON A PLANE which I loved and she hated but the Creme Brulee was a hit and I got SOME.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Cheese and Poetry class
This was a fun one and very unique. Check it out. below
This (chopped off) pyramid goat cheese is ash covered, crumbly lightly and tangy. With age it will develop blotches of grey and blue mold and a stronger, more intense flavor.
Gran Gesta Cava Brut Reserve
Paired with Louis Napoleon by Oscar Wilde
2. Tomme de Chevre au Muscadet Loire, France
Clos du Tue-Boeuf
Paired with Shhh by Brian
3. Trois Lait Pyrenees,
Full figured farmhouse cheese with cow, goat, and sheep’s milk mixed to into a lightly washed rind wheel. Slightly unctuous while creamy and citric and perfect balance of three animals over varying soil compositions.
Paired with Redwood by Christin Drake
4. Taleggio Castagna Lombardy,
Sometimes love stinks, this saltwater washed rind gem is made from fresh cow’s milk and one of the only raw milk Taleggio’s in the
Paired with Recycling in
5. Grafton Gold 2yr Cheddar
This creamy sharp cheddar is made in a cooperative and aged in the small
Paired with Apple Pie and Cheese by Eugene Field
6. Mil Ovejas
This sheep’s milk is similar to Manchego but much younger, fruitier, and smoother. With notes of citrus and grass a playful tang in the mouth occurs when eating this FK exclusive beauty.
Pinkus Mueller Hefe - Weizen
An organic wheat ale made with some barley but mostly wheat malt and hops. Citric flavors and an astringent mouth-feel make this beer a perfect match for drier cheeses
Paired with So Maybe… by
7. Castagna Gorgonzola Dolce
The Cadillac of Gorgonzola, this cream bomb is silky and full bodied. Made from the traditional Red Cow in
Aged in Oak casks for several months this viscous fortified wine has notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and spice a real warm you upper for those cold winter nights.
Paired with There is a Gentle Thought by Dante Alighieri
8. Espelette Pepper Chocolate Truffles FK Made in MA,
Our expert chocolatier Christine makes each of these truffles by hand (with love) she mixes the smoky Basque pepper flakes into
Paired with 1986 by Bonair Agard
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
As I went for another quail the object of my hunger eagerly mentioned that some fresh herbs might be nice. So I put him down and threw in a couple sprigs of thyme, rosemary, oregano, and sage. He was right so as I at him I responded that the kitchen was really smelling wonderful now. The last four little birdies had the honor of resting on a lovely white plate while I poured over them the scalding wine and vegetable reduction. Shit the steam was enough so make my cheeks start to tingle. I ate them all drank some more wine and used an onion ficelle to sop up any wayward juices. This one was a yummer.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
It is one hell of a great sandwich with two pieces of crisp bacon, honey maple turkey, Avocado spread, choice of condiment of which I get a thin layer of jalapeño cream cheese , lettuce, tomato, onion, and swiss cheese. I got the plain bagel but any toasted boiled then baked bread with a hole in the middle will do. I scarfed it, with a large black coffee and a side of BBQ chips. oh yeah it was good and only $7 total. For breakfast I usually get the Sunrise Sandwich, it's two eggs scrambled, choice of meat (of which I get sausage in the patty form), a thin layer of jalapeno cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and pepperjack cheese all melty on your toasted bagel of choice.
Pictured is not the Sunrise Sandwich but this one looks pretty good to me. Eat up suckers.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I did a class tonight. At the end of this post you can see the tasting sheet. The class went really well and although there was a great deal of cheese, bread, wine and beer I just wasn't satisfied, and I had a grumble grumble in my tum tum.
The special lady wanted to go shopping for a few margarita glasses and what nots for our big cock-tail-party coming up this Saturday! After we picked up a couple of things I dropped her off and went to park the clit and just as I started off back to the apartment it struck me.
With great vengeance and furious anger, I knew I had no chance to fight it. I was going into a McDonald's. A very drunk bum stumbled up to the counter ahead of me and asked whom ever he was chatting with on his cell phone to "hole on" then he ordered a $1 double cheeseburger and I knew it was a sign from the heavens. The McDonald's double cheese burger is truly a perfect ratio of meat to cheese to bun as first discovered and extensively written about by my good friend Fast Danny Willy Nuggins. More about that another day. Suffice to say (whatever that means) I ordered 2, a large fry, and 2 crispy chicken ranch snack roll thing a ma jigs. They were only a dollar as well. The total was $7 even, and the bum eyed my 20 spot when I put er down. I was hungry, now, 2 hours later, I am sick. It will be a while until my next attack but I'm not stupid I will go again and I will regret it. Such is life when you fall of the fast food wagon and get run over by the Hamburglar and Grimace.
Check out below for a killer cheese tasting class.
1. Sel Sur Cher
This disk shaped, ash covered, goat's milk cheese is fresh, crumbly and lightly tangy. With age it will develop blotches of grey and blue mold and a stronger, more intense flavor. Served with Acacia honey and the dry Cremant de Loire this pairing is a great start or end to an evening.
2. Brebis Ossau
Classic, high altitude (transhumance) sheep’s milk aged at least six months. Nutty, creamy and dense in texture with a damp wool flavor finish. This particular wheel comes from a cave which local young bears broke into and ate most of the aging wheels, forcing the Basque cheese makers to abandon the aging process and send them over to us. Pair any semi-soft sheep’s milk with stone fruit preserves.
Naia Rueda Verdejo
3. Torta La Serena Extremadura,
Soft, runny sheep’s milk cheese with a sharp vegetal spice and a robust punch in the face flavor!
Vinedos El Seque Alicante Alicante, Spain
4. Gruyere Alpage
Only in the warmest summer months can the Montbéliardes make the transhumance up to the snowlines of the Swiss side of the
5. Castagna Gorgonzola Dolce
The Cadillac of Gorgonzola, this blue is big, creamy and full bodied. Made from the traditional Red Cow in
From Andy and Mateo’s 37 Ayershire cow’s, this stilton-style blue is made to be soft, savory, decadent and sweet with caramel and cheddar tones and a heaping blue veined bite.
Quinto Infantado Tawny
Monday, January 29, 2007
I cooked one cup of yellow Marino Felice fine grain corn meal in three cups of water with a tablespoon of Maldon salt. I boiled the water and whisked in the polenta once it was at a rapid bubble. Then the heat went down to a little simmer and the yellow corn meal just lightly blurped away with little spurts and sputters. I sat on the counter next to the stove and happily listened to my little cauldron crank and fart away while reading the endless pages of school work I've due yesterday.
I cut a thick slice of pancetta into large dice, I'd wacked it off the large log that'd been hanging at work. It'd been made from a local hog from Vermont. I helped bring the little guys carcass in and watched our charcuterie guy stuff and roll the fatty belly with peppercorns and juniper berries.
Once my lardons started to crisp I threw in a full head of garlic cloves, peeled but fully intact, and let the entire mess brown up.
A bright green handful of haricot verts blanched in salted water for literally less than a minute went into the pan with the garlic and pancetta and took on all that salty savoriness. Holy shit now my polenta is ready and its creamy as hell so I give it a drizzy of nice olive oil, a crack of pepper and a few grates of parmagiano. The pork, beans and garlic get plated, the polenta flanks, relaxing into a nice pool, thick but not quite set, and BOOM! I fry a few farm fresh in the pancetta drippings and slide them from pan to plate, crowning the polenta. Fresh parsley and one more drizz of oil and I'm ready to eat. We pop a nice light red from south western France, it's spot on with the salty pancetta. When the egg yolks break and oozes onto the polenta it almost makes me cry.
Cheap, simple, if not time consuming, and utterly perfect. This dinner will go down in the books, or should I say on the blog.
To truly gild the lily I baked off a tray of financiers. Wow my special lady dusted them with powdered sugar and served em up with a nice piping mug of Earl Grey. Nothing is better than a good meal...
This guy's last name is Polenta, what a luck devil.
Friday, January 26, 2007
True Poutine seems to be one of those things that just doesn't transport. Originated in Quebec this Canadian dr/j - unk food is now a classic north of the boarder. Here it seems a bit heavy and not to tasty while eaten sober.
I hand cut a couple russet potatoes, heated up a big ol pot of sunflower oil (not a bad oil for frying) and parfried the taters until soft. Then I cranked the heat and in small batches fired them off to a crisp darkish brown. Toss in salt and you have some nice fries. They could have been better but I was watching the counter as well and had to run off a couple of times....The gravy I went real lax on just opened a puck of veal demi glace mixed with water and added to a roux I'd whipped up. It turned out really gross. The cheese curds were anything but fresh, and as I understand, the key or one of the key elements is to have squeaky fresh cheese curds to melt under the hot fries and gravy, which I have learned is supposed to be a Velouté sauce.
So my first crack at Poutine was slightly so so, but I won't be thwarted. I will try this Canadian delicacy again ey.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
....The specially modified cans use proprietary engineering to create a temperature drop that will reduce the I.C. Can contents by a minimum of 30° Fahrenheit in just three minutes. When activated, the all natural desiccant contained within a vacuum draws the heat from the beverage through the evaporator into an insulated heat-sink container. It is this patented vacuum-power which lowers the temperature so dramatically and quickly, leaving the beverage inside cold.
....The I.C. Technology is 100% safe non-toxic and environmentally benign, because the whole process is the driven by the simple physics of water evaporation.
....The average American drinks 22 Gallons of beer annually, and even though this product would demand a large price premium over a traditional can, the convenience factor and bragging rights would make this a must have item. Camping and fishing will drive the initial sales, and as volumes increase more and more uses will be found. Expect the first cans to show up on store shelvesin mid-2007.
What does the above mean for cheese? Absolutely nothing, but I ask you when are they going to come up with a wheel of cheese that will come to room temperature right from the fridge in less than 2 minutes with a twistable base for our eating enjoyment.
Thank goodness these things are coming out in Miller Beer! Personally I can not wait.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Let us talk briefly about wine. I drink it, occasionally, every night or so, a glass or three. But when I'm pairing up some cheese, well I reach for a nice beer. Now I say nice beer cause Miller High Life isn't gonna cut it. Not ta say that the champagne of beers is anything but perfection on a hot summer night for chasin down big old burgers and rings. But when it comes to a special hunk of fromage - ales, lagers and stouts can't be beat. Plus the fermentation process that barley and hops go through are closer chemically to the fermentation process lactic sugars undertake in cheese when compared to grape fermentation in wine.
Wine is just harder to match with cheese and this stuff shouldn't be so difficult. The easier the pairing is to think of, the better it usually ends up. So the next time you find yourself with a nice hunk of washed rind beautifulness or a hearty English cheddar, flip that cork screw over and crack yourself a nice barley pop.
Road Sodas Rule!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Last night we did a tasting class at work, yeah I work at a cheese shop. Swiss, German and Austrian cheeses with beers and wines to match. Below was our tasting sheet number five was the all out winner for the night. A small class 12 people total but all were interested and had plenty of good questions. Only one nice looking young lady but she had a boyfriend, want waaaa.
A tomme style cow’s milk cheese that blends Italian and Swiss flavors of cream and baked herbs.