Wednesday, November 18, 2009
In that spirit, I tried my hand (somewhat sloppily) to make some vegetable rolls. I started up the rice cooker, all I had was long grain rice so I used that, 4 parts rinsed rice, 5 parts water. (ideally sushi rice, a piece of kombu kelp added to the cooker).
I had some nice asparagus that a neighbour had brought us.
Also some baby carrots
I blanched the asparagus and carrot in a pot of boiling salt water for 3 minutes then shocked it in cold water... oh by the way I had some corn.
I made a soy glaze with 1/3 of a cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup honey, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, the juice of half a lime and 3 tsp of sugar. I reduced it down by more than half (bubbles large).
Once the rice was done, I finished it with 1/3 cup of white rice vinegar with a tablespoon of sugar dissolved in it and a pinch of salt.
I spread it on plastic wrap (ideally a bamboo sushi mat)
I layered the asparagus and carrot and painted it with the glaze (could have used more glaze)
I then rolled it using the plastic wrap, it was a bit sloppy (I was) but the overall stayed together.
I served it with turkey breast and corn
It was very good if not as pretty as I hoped. The sushi rice tasted right to me and the vegetables were crisp and tasty. Will work on the technique some more.
Friday, November 13, 2009
We started off sharing the frog legs baked with a hearty putanesca type sauce and grilled bread.
The legs were meaty and tasted flavorfull with just a hint of seafood. (what the boy said)
I had a Kelpie beer, which was interesting
The boy ordered the Gemeli with Gambero (shrimp and pasta with peas in a creamy red sauce) The shrimp in this dish were cooked perfectly, with a crispness to each bite.
I ordered the rabbit saddle with gnochi with apples and cheese.
Everything was very good, the boy brought home some leftovers, the service was great and they treated us very well. Will definitely be back.
414 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219-3822
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I started on the filling, making a sofrito of carrots, onion, green pepper, celery, garlic, and shallots
and cooked it down.
Then we cooked some ground beef, browned in a pan with garlic, salt and a pinch of sugar.
The meat and sofrito was combined, chopped cilantro and oregano added, then on to the assembly
a couple of spoons of filling in premade (store bought) empanada wrappers
we crimped the edges
brushed them with an egg wash, and baked them at 375 degrees for around 20 minutes, till they looked like this
We made 60 (judging two per person) as far as the boy says people liked them. Will need to make some for the family next.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I had the beef soup
we shared a tripe taco
everything was very good, with large portions. We bought some (60) empanadilla wrappers for his school lunch gig.