|more food, with pics this time!
||[May. 16th, 2010|11:30 am]
Definitely filing in the "to make again" category: Ina Garten's Chicken Picatta. Very easy and very tasty. I substituted an even mixture of chicken broth and sake for the white wine because I have no white wine in the house. Also, I bought plain bread crumbs and sprinkled Italian seasoning and garlic salt to make it "seasoned."
The boiled broccoli was fabulous with the picatta sauce as well. Yum yum yum!
The other day at the Farmer's Market I could not resist the very ripe, very tasty strawberries from the vendor I always buy mango from. I had bought the strawberries before and they had been heavenly, but as they weren't organic (strawberries are on the Dirty Dozen list of food with the highest pesticide residue), I wasn't going to buy them again...But my will is weak. The organic strawberries in the market just don't compete in the flavor department. *sighs*
While I love plain strawberries, I love to eat them as part of something more. (I would love to have something like strawberry short cake, but I can't bake for crap.) Last time I ate them with creme fraiche and brown sugar. This time I decided to try to recreate the Coupe Romanoff I love from a local restaurant. When I searched online it turned out that there are many (MANY) different recipes. The version I adore has strawberries, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream topped with sugar, and Grand Marnier. I don't know if they add anything else, but I figured I could start with those ingredients.
I bought vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, and Grand Marnier. I cut the strawberries in half, put some sugar and Grand Marnier on them, and stuck them in the frig while I made the whipped cream. My arm nearly fell off whipping the cream by hand. i am now seriously thinking about purchasing something that will mechanically whip for me. It is too painful to do by myself. :P In any case, I then scooped some ice cream into a bowl, nestled the strawberries around, poured the liquid at the bottom of the strawberry bowl over everything, then dolloped some whipped cream and sprinkled granulated sugar over it. It was quite delicious and probably very close to the restaurant's version, except that the whipped cream needed a bit more sugar and I needed to pour far more Grand Marnier over the entire thing.
My dilemma now is that I have whipped cream that needs to be consumed (soon) and nothing to consume it with (I ate all of the strawberries in a Coupe Romanoff orgy).
I also have been eating waay too much insalata caprese salad (+ prosciutto) thanks to an awesome vendor at the Farmer's Market with perfect tomatoes. XD; I plan on making this tomato feta salad with some wonderful small tomatoes from another vendor and a feta cheese my friend recommended...Once I buy some decent white wine vinegar (the one I have now does NOT taste good *peh*).