Posted on Thursday 24 July 2014
Radish top soup improv: leek, radish tops, green onions, celery and an onion bouillon topped with (and mixed in) lemon thyme. I meant to add a potato for body but forgot. Still good. We had it outside but it was a bit chilly so part 2 of meal, inside.
A risotto made with some annatto, some onion, salt, garlic, maple syrup Sortilège whisky, and roasted chestnuts. Topped with a sprinkle of rice spice. It has seaweed and sesame so is quite a different note than the sweetish rice. In the background, a little more green: broccoli and zucchini.
How to finish off? We got some gooseberries from the market. I have a fuzzy memory of those. I picked them wild by the river but they had spines all over them. These are not sweet. What color was ripe? I forget.
Escazu is a reminder how marginal other chocolates like Lindt or President’s Choice are. I had it once before in NYC but it is put together in Raleigh North Carolina. It has such a complex floral flavour, not caramelized, not floater beans. Hubby said before all chocolate tasted the same to him but this one tastes different. Small batch Venezualan and Costa Rican made on antique equipment with just 4 ingredients: cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla bean. Fruity, and a balanced bitter, and gone. I stretched out 80 g for 3 months.