Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thinking Caviar

I was reminded that when one thinks of Eartha Kitt one thinks of caviar and champagne, not anchovies and pasta. As the New Year approaches one hopes that caviar will make an appearance at parties, even if it is the humble (but delicious) Salmon Roe.

The simplest pairing is a blini with a touch of sour cream and some chives. Nothing more is needed but a glass of crisp champagne to hail a New Year. If you can make a pancake, you can make a blini.

2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup of heavy cream
5 grinds of black pepper

Whisk together. Batter may be a bit lumpy, don't worry. If it is super thick, thin with a touch of water. Get your pan hot with a little peanut oil and drop a tablespoon at a time on the pan or griddle. Cook for about 2 minutes until brown on the bottom, bubbly on top. Turn and cook for another minute.

These are enough blini for a party so if you are making fewer cut the recipe in half.

I won't wish you a happy new year...that's too much pressure to put on a person. How can one expect an entire year of happiness? I wish for you that any bad times you have, will help you know the good times when they are there. Appreciate the good times.

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