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Monday, December 01, 2008

If you kill it, clean it and cook it, I will come.

I went to a "Hunter's Dinner" on saturday night. It was seven courses, as follows: Course One: Pan seared Grouper with curry sauce salsify and Jerusalem artichokes. Course Two: Sauteed frogs' legs with oyster mushrooms. Course Three: Smoked Pheasant salad with arugula and melon radish; lingonberry vinaigrette. Course Four: Ragu of Rabbit. Course Five: Grilled Wild Boar Sausage with onion and fennel confit. Course Six: Bison rib-eye with Enoki mushroom; poivrade sauce. Course Seven: Elk stew and celery root slaw. Each course was served with a different wine; four whites, three reds. It was a tasting menu, basically; and a good thing, it was still a lot of food. I tried to do like my friend Claudia over at "cook, eat, Fret" (http://www.cookeatfret.com) and take photos of all of the dishes; I failed miserably--well, not really miserably, I was quite happy to be derelict in that regard. I do have a few photos, they are in bass/ackwards order. The puff pastry encloses Elk Stew. The second photo is Ragu of Rabbit. The third is Smoked Pheasant Salad and the last is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than chicken. This evenings dinner was simpler fare. I made a nice stew with some top round, onions, carrots, celery, garlic (lots of garlic), diced tomato, some more garlic, black beans, corn, peas and acorn squash. Had that with some delicious Two Buck Chuck Chardonnay and the dinner movie is "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman". Now if only I had someone to rub my temples, peel me some grapes and give me an epidural cortisone shot for my sciatica I would be ever so happiery. Still, life's been good to me, so far.

14 comments:

heartbreaktown said...

Oooh. I'm hungry this morning, but suddenly Capn Crunch doesn't seem so yummy.

ps - I don't know how to do a blogroll on Blogger. :-(

Sharon said...

When we were kids, a friend of my mother's brought her some small game birds. We didn't see them until they came out of the oven. I cried for days over the "little birdies."

I'm not sure my reaction would be much different today, but I have to say that your photos look very appetizing.

cook eat FRET said...

i am going to read this post 3 times
you are such a wonderful man...

but i peel grapes for no one
feel better soon - pain sucks

love to you
and i mean it...

Fran said...

You may rest easily, knowing that you have made at least one person completely envious!

They all sound luscious! I hope you enjoyed each and every morsel.

democommie said...

Fran and Claudia:

I'm getting up earlier than I would like (the ibu wears off at the worst times) but at least I find lovely bons mot from beautiful women on my farsee and fartalk box and that puts a smile on my face that is equivalent to--nah, better--than the one I had when I ate that wonderful food!

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Doncha think yer later pitchers woulda been better if you had skipped some of the wine courses? But overall, Dick Cheney would have been proud of your meat!

democommie said...

Bukko in Australia:

The difference between me and the DorkLordCheney is that I have living meat and eat that which is dead.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Excuse me if I'm turning you on to something you've already heard. But in light of your fondness for furry arboreal animals, especially if they can be eaten, have you heard this tune?

Dave von Ebers said...

I just wanna know: Where's the roast beast?

Hope you're feeling better, Demo my friend.

(Word verification: ratio. A real word. What gives?)

democommie said...

Bukko in Oz:

I play it for the skwerls who think they want to move in with me.

democommie

democommie said...

Dave von Ebers:

No, I'm not feeling better but, yes, I am feeling better about it.

I was talking to the chef who made that meal tonight and he took me into his kitchen to show me his nice japanese knife. It has a blade that has a curve along the cutting edge (stay with me here) not in the sense of it being like a scimitar, but something like an old fashioned cutthroat razor, on just one side. It's sharpened by running a stone along that edge, the back of the blade is just honed to take off the burr. I have one half decent sushi knife that I'm afraid to touch. I was afraid to look at his knife too long, it's that sharp.

Mr. Mack said...

I came over to see the pics of your family, and, unless you killed them then cooked them, I'll assume these aren't them....

democommie said...

Mack:

As soon as I can get it done.

I do a lot of photography of local musicians and those who do shows at our local music hall (200 seats, very nice venue) and one of the kids who is a recent graduate in sound engineering of SUNY Oswego told me the night before last that he would be glad to help me record my own songs ("Kodak Moment" is a poem that became a song). So I may wait until then. Of course I still have to find and scan the photos in question.

When's the next bus to Oswego? said...

nice pix! my mouth is watering into my sierra nevada beer.

happy christmas!

ranjit

ps i've added a link to polrant on my blog.