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I'm just sippin' on chamomile - Ambar
February 26th, 2002
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I'm just sippin' on chamomile
I dislike writing catch-up entries, but elflet and I have spent the past week turning out some pretty amazing food -- prep, in part, for this coming weekend's ten-person gourmet extravaganza. I feel it's worthy of recording. We've done a roasted chicken with two lemons, a really superb chicken fricassee in red wine, and a duck civet. I made the infamous sausages on smothered onions & tomatoes, which was properly appreciated. And there's a big chunk of fresh pork side (what bacon is made out of), which has been marinating in a spice rub for three days, now braising as I type.

Menu for Sunday's dinner. (Warning: drooling into your keyboard is not good for it.)

Double Duck Demolition Dinner (with Triple Tart Tease)

Pre-appetizer: Duck confit on greens with gorgonzola and walnuts
Appetizer: Duxelle of mushrooms & spinach in puff pastry

Salad: Haricots verts with tiny cubes of foie gras du canard
(that's green beans with duck liver, for those who don't read food French)

Main course: Duck civet (duck marinated overnight in red wine, then oven-braised in the marinade) with onions au gratin on the side

Cheese course: Comte cheese with sour cherry preserves; gorgonzola with fig spread

Dessert course: chocolate tart, lemon tart, and raspberry cheesecake, miniatures, each about half-dollar sized.

Yes, that's actually three sorts of duck (plus the "ducks"elle), but I like the alliteration. Plus, it's only going to take two ducks to make the main course for ten, so the "double" is even vaguely justified.

Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Current Music: No Doubt, "Hey Baby"

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From:eilonwey
Date:February 26th, 2002 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I really am drooling into my keyboard. That sounds divine. Especially the foie gras.
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From:postmaudlin
Date:February 27th, 2002 10:08 am (UTC)
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that sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! WOW!!! (albeit, not if you're a duck!) what fun, to cook all that! i hope your party is a smashing success!

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From:ambar
Date:February 28th, 2002 03:36 pm (UTC)
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From the various test runs we have done, I think I can assure you these ducks died happy. :-)
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From:liralen
Date:February 27th, 2002 10:17 am (UTC)
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*swoon*
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From:chrysoula
Date:February 27th, 2002 10:25 am (UTC)

Duck!

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Duckduckduckduckduck!
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From:ambar
Date:February 27th, 2002 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Duck!

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Quack!
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From:lothie
Date:February 27th, 2002 10:51 am (UTC)
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How do I get an invite? ;)
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From:ambar
Date:February 27th, 2002 03:19 pm (UTC)
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We plan these *way* in advance. But if you come up for my graduation party in May, we're contemplating a bollito misto. (That's... basically a small mountain of delicious boiled meats, Italian-style.) We're currently sorting out what will go with it. We know there will be tea and cookies, including some low-carb cookies. :-)
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From:lothie
Date:February 27th, 2002 05:15 pm (UTC)
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*smooch* I was just being silly, not that I wouldn't LOVE to be there (I could eat my way through a mountain, trust me)...
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From:ambar
Date:February 27th, 2002 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I know you were just being silly, and I called you on it. :) Pencil in 19 May, darlin', or be square.
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From:lothie
Date:February 27th, 2002 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Yes'm. For reference, is this in the Bay Area or Sacramento area?

Can't absolutely promise, but we're gonna try...
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From:elflet
Date:February 28th, 2002 12:10 am (UTC)
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Um, darling, I'm now double-booked. If I go to my graduation, I'll be in San Diego on the 19th.

Can we push a week, please? :)
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From:ambar
Date:February 28th, 2002 03:35 pm (UTC)
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The date, it has been pushed, to the 26th. I fired out date-grab mail at horde & sundry, but if you're on my friends list or otherwise want to be on the invite list, email me.
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From:elflet
Date:February 27th, 2002 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, can i have a garduation party too? A Master's has to be worth something... ;)
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From:ambar
Date:February 27th, 2002 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I thought you'd decided that your graduation party was going to consist of taking a few select friends to Baywolf. I await a date. :-) But if, instead, you want an excuse to invite everyone you know over and make goodies for them, you know I'm good for helping with the prep...

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