Tuesday, February 3, 2009
A couple of opportunities are coming up for me to move the list forward and I am going to capitalize on them. The first is that I am having some "single and fabulous" friends over on the 14th of February and I think that this will be a great opportunity to find some great cheeses and sweets to serve. I might also look to find some of the veggies that I can use as an appie. The second thing that has come to my attention is that I am completely debbie downer these days for a number of reasons, not limited to the weather, hard economic times, not having a win at work in a while, life generally sucking a bit, it being February...... need I go on??? I think that it is time to start a monthly dinner of some sort. Lord knows I have enough things to try, I just need to find them and try them. I think that I must put the first one in the calendar for the end of February and get on figuring out what random meat I am going to try as the centre piece of the meal and where on earth I am going to find it. The third thing that I am going to do is get in contact with TK, my sisters Indian friend and have her amass the things that she said she would contribute. The list was:
Section 6: Aromatics
21. Curry Leaf
51. Amchur (green mango powder)
52. Black Lime powder
59. Telicherry Pepper
87. Panch Phoran
6. Holy Basil (Tulsi, Indian Stores)
29. Pandan Leaf (in Sri Lankan stores)
70. Anardana (dried pomegranate seeds or powder from Indian stores)
Section 9 Confections
65. Jaggery Indian Sweets
17. Rasgulla (milk balls, soaked in a sugar syrup)
24. Kaju Katli (made w/ cashew nuts, kinda like marzipan)
26. Pista barfi (made w/ pistachios)
That should help get some of them off of the list. Maybe the dinner in February will have an Indian theme? I'll have to do some research on the "Aromatics" and see how I can use them.
Well I am now getting more excited about it! At least this debbie downer now has a plan for February!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I love the New York Times. I read it everyday online, especially the Dining and Wine section and the Style section. Today the most e-mailed article on at NYTimes.com was "Take Bacon. Add Sausage. Blog." It's worth the read. I'm not sure that the recipe looks like anything that I want to try, but I like the article. 2 lbs of bacon around 2 lbs of sausage around cooked bacon, it is a heart attack in pig.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I am so happy that you can see the actual feather leftovers. For some sick reason I love them.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The wines at the other end of the basement. It was very dark, which does not come out well in this picture, which just lent to the charm of the whole store.
When I returned upstairs, I really thought that I had died and gone to heaven. The prepared foods were unbelievable, and only in France would they have all of the things that you would need to have caviar prepared and ready to eat - blini, creme fraiche, egg yolks chopped, red onions chopped, caviar of many varieties...... my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures again.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
As a little plug for Mark Bittman, I just bought the new edition of his "How to Cook Everything" Cookbook, and I love it!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
We ate a lot of pate on holidays and I thought that this was a particularly beautiful pate en crute at one of the stalls. I became re-obsessed with the French Baby Radishes that you see on the left. Their colour, delicious flavour, cuteness and beauty was irresistible. We bought them a number of times over the course of the holidays. I was also intrigued by the vegetable beside the radishes that is greenish. It is a cross between a cauliflower and a broccoli. I had it at a restaurant that I ate at and quite enjoyed. I have no idea what it is called, but it was quite interesting
I think that this is lavender, however am not sure, regardless it was all over the market and beautiful.I hate nougat, but the variety that was offered was awesome.....
Cheese, cheese and more cheese. There were so many cheese stalls. As I have so many pics of cheese shops that I visited, I have posted only a few cheese pics here. I figure you will get enough of them in the next little while!
The fish mongers had so many interesting and varied types of fish. It was so cold outside that I think the fish didn't even need the ice they were sitting on!!
So Francais! About 3 minutes later these 2 little girls were ripping the end of the baguette and eating it, while their parents shopped. So adorable.