in a pot (French oven) saute three shallots in butter and olive oil
add dried mushrooms and stir
add peppers trio and stir
add garlic confit and stir
add black rice and stir
add layer of halved plums
finely chop giblets and add them to this layer
add four rosemary twigs
butterfly whole chicken and spice in and out with:
expert level: spread spices under the skin
drizzle over chicken a bit more honey
cover and put in the oven 350f for 60 minutes
uncover for another 15 minutes on broil to brown
I could have probably used two bags of rice for this volume.
Also, might be good to stir the rice mixture (including stirring the plums in) midway through the roasting process. In other words, life the chicken and stir what’s below together again. This may mean leaving out the rosemary (which seems to play only a small role) or perhaps moving it to the top during roasting (and removing before broiling).
1 decent sized pumpkin with lid removed and inside cleaned
1 onion chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
12? cloves garlic chopped
handful of dried bing cherries chopped
1/4 cup? pomegranate molasses
1/4 cup? white wine
remove to mixing bowl (leaving liquid behind)
sauté after reducing retained liquid
10 maybe mushrooms (let them fully wilt)
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
remove to mixing bowl
1 cup black rice with 3.5 cups chicken stock 5 minutes boil and simmer to finish, then add to mixing bowl
finally add the rest to the mixing bowl
1/4 cup? Asiago
coriander, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg
2 apples chopped
mix everything and stuff the pumpkin
450f for 30 minutes and then 350f for another 90 minutes
I ended up with too much liquid after cooking and would reduce the amount of liquid used (or reduce the rice liquid more) for the next cook.
sauté in olive oil
add salt, cayenne, and butter
300f oven 45 minutes
These turned out amazing for being so simple.
Gutting the pumpkin (and then salvaging the seeds) was a bit of a pain in the ass. I used an ice cream scoop for gutting the pumpkin which did a fair job for most of it. I may try using a serrated knife for removing the lid next time, though I suspect my dreams of sawing around are folly.
The flavor combination of the stuffing was amazing and I wouldn’t hope to alter it one bit. Just maybe reducing the final liquidity some.
I mostly sort of follow a recipe. Sometimes I do follow a recipe more strictly. I tend to be more strict when I’m doing a Paul Prudhomme recipe for whatever reason. Perhaps it’s because those recipes of his I work tend also to be longer and more complex. Reasons. They always exist.
Anyway, I made some sous vide salmon tonight. I fucking love salmon. It’s amazing. I do what I am able to support the wild salmon market. It’s really unbeatable. After 122f bathing for 30 minutes a very quick grill over an open fire made for an excellent evening delight. And, borrowing from Chef Paul, just salt, black pepper, and cayenne. What can I say? Life is good.
I didn’t bother with the curing step. Why bother? You can almost eat the salmon raw it’s so good.
As for an accompanying beverage, I made a little something appropriate to this excellent summer weather. I took some of my homemade limoncello and put that in a tall glass of ice with one of these flavored (but unsweetened) seltzer waters that are so popular now. Lemon, of course. Very light and refreshing and certainly nothing to interfere with the salmon.
Now I’m sitting next to the fire I cooked with and eating my simple meal. Eat a nice green salad after.
Am I missing out on something, do you think? Is my life somehow incomplete? Maybe. But I’d say I’m doing pretty well.
I have a turkey! Russell is going to get his ass over here nice and early Thursday morning because it takes all day to cook this stuff. He’s in charge of the stuffing stuff. We will make turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry something.
Turkey — Russell and James
Potatoes — Russell and James
Stuffing — Russell
Gravy — James
Cranberry something — James
pies — Bill
dinner roles — Bill
corn — James
Green Salad — unknown !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cheese ball, you know red and orange ?!!!
more stuff ?
Brine: brown sugar, molasses, bay leaves, true cinnamon, pepper corns, crushed red peppers, and apple cider vinegar.
Ice cream obtained!
I still have several tomatoes but no other salad fixin’s.
Come any time. If you need to do some cooking, let me know!