Sunday, April 13, 2008

M&I International Deli and Dinner

Oh Yea! It's exactly what it looks like, salted lard, delicous creamy salted lard. It can be eaten cold or warm with bread.

This is one of the many wonders available at the International Deli. Brighton Beach is a food mecca and this is one of my favorite places to shop. In addition to the lard we got pork belly, pickled tomatoes, Russian Rye and Turkish Pide, smoked fish, mushroom turnover, chopped liver, and some chocolate and poppyseed cake that were not as good as they looked. We lusted over sausages and caviar but opted to go to the fruit and veg market to put some health into our meal.

Next to the fruit and veg market we found really good almond candy (brittle) and some chocolates with wonderful fillings. The apricot was especially tasty.

You wouldn't think we would have been in the mood for dinner, but we went home and cooked.

S.O. made Taziki with shredded cucumber and loads of garlic, followed by a potato salad with cucumber and pickled tomato. Both totally delicous.

I had some baby artichokes so I boiled them until just barely tender, trimmed them and cut them in half and put them into an iced tea batter. Normally I would use beer but I was out of beer and the iced tea worked pretty well.

1/2 cups Flour

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 cup Flour

Enough iced tea to make a batter. I dumped that prepared baby artichokes in and let them rest until we were ready to fry. Pan fried in olive and peanut oil til crisp and served with a lemon may. Can we say delicous.

We served the breads with the warm pork belly and lard. If you have an aversion to salted lard, get over it. This is one of the most delicous things you can taste. Emeril says..."Pork fat rules" and he is right.

Finally I cooked a few baby lamb chops that had been marinated in a garlic balsamic paste. RARE!

With some Titarella Tempranillo Family Reserve, it was a good dinner.

No matter how long you have been married, or dating, or 'hanging out' may I reccomend 'date night' on a Saturday at home cooking is a wonderful way to bond.


Just said...

Well, YOU opted for the veggies. Left to my own devices, I would have happily gorged on those beautiful sausages and salamis.

Chef...Karl Wilder said...

For anyone who has not figured it out the very flippant JUST is spoken about as S.O. in the blog.