Sunday Dinner with friends and family was awesome. My sister and her hubby came over with their munchkin, and J & R toodled in as well. It had been *far* too long since I saw my sister – ie, the last time I saw her before this she was pregnant and her wee lad is coming up on his second birthday…
I am a bad brother.
It was good to have them over though, and I’ll have to find a way to make that happen more often. While I’d hardly be described as tight with my family, it’s still nice to have that connection
Last night was also an indicator that while I may be a good cook, I still seriously suck at timing. Yikes. Everything turned out well, but dinner was a lot later than it should have been.
Served my kicked up beer chicken with a reduction of demi glace and a very dark beer. Beets, carrots, and a new rice I found while browsing around the Farmer’s Market called Forbidden Rice. Holy gods that was good stuff. Big thick earthy grains of black rice. Very noice.
Tonight is a top sirloin roast (dry brined for 48 hours) and rubbed down with fresh cracked pepper, olive oil and fresh crushed rosemary. Serving that with some simple carrots and the last of the Forbidden Rice of Doom ™ that I’m going to toss some diced then frozen blonde raspberries and pear into.
The sauce… heh.
shallots and leeks and 2 garlic cloves sweated in a heavy sauce pan (6 minutes), then 2 cups of white wine and 2 fresh sprigs of thyme, and two finely chopped black truffles. Simmered down til the wine was nearly gone, then 500 ml of my homemade vegetable stock. Boiled that down about half and reduced the heat to a simmer, and stirred in cream. Simmered *that* for about 40 minutes or so. Pour it all through a fine strainer and press the solids and remove. Return to a clean pan and whisk in 1/4 tsp of white truffle oil, salt and pepper to taste.
That is not a quick sauce ladies and germs.
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