The one entry that I've been meaning to write all week but haven't due to distraction is about food. I had my friends D. and J. (a married couple) over for dinner last Saturday afternoon and evening. The menu was as follows:
- two very large steamed artichokes with fresh clarified butter and sea salt,
- roasted pork tenderloin seasoned with home made dry rub and fresh oregano and rosemary, and wrapped in prosciutto with a herb-infused sauce,
- garlic mashed potatoes,
- boiled green beans, and
- a large eclair for dessert.
I am very proud of how the pork tenderloin turned out. The mashed potatoes were largely Julia Child's from her Mastering The Art of French Cooking. The beans and the artichokes were relatively simple, straightforward preparations. I got the eclair at a local (though upscale) grocery store bakery counter. The pork tenderloin and the sauce, however, were improvisations entirely of my own creation. I did use information from another recipe to set the temperature and cooking time, but, the rest was all me. I thought it tasted spectacular!
The experience reminded me of how much I truly enjoy cooking, especially when I can do so for people who enjoy food as much as I do. I haven't had much time for culinary exploration in the last year or so, what with all the changes going on in my life. It has whetted my appetite for continued experimentation. Perhaps I shall have more time for such things once wedding planning and some of the associated craziness in my life calms down a bit.
As it is, I'm thinking that tomorrow looks free... perhaps it's time to try a recipe for "roast chicken with root vegetables" that I saw on a PBS show taped at the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA) in Hyde Park, NY.
on 2004-03-12 at 12:49 p.m.
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