Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rack of Lamb Encrusted with Parmesan Cheese

I've had this before and it wasn't that great.

I think the difference this time was that I made my own breadcrumbs (not hard) and seasoned (ie salted) it properly prior to putting it in the oven.

It was fabulous, and so simple. I served it with a salad (tomatoes and lettuce + vinaigrette) and Alice Water's superb potato gratin. Certainly something you could proudly serve to anyone.

This is from Every Night Italian.

Sauteed Broccoli with Olive Oil and Garlic

Found myself with a head of broccoli for lunch. Marcella suggests boiling and sauteeing it with garlic and parsley.

I was a little confused by Marcella's instructions. Did she mean that the head should be cut into parts in the stem, or should I have just cut into the stem? Common sense dictated the head should be cut up so that's what I did.

I boiled it for about 5 minutes. Health gurus would say steam rather than boil, but history shows they don't have a clue about things so I ignored that.

Neil Perry just takes the boiled vegetable and puts salt, pepper and olive on it.

I was concerned about the amount of garlic called for. This is uncharacteristic. Perhaps I let it sautee for two long, but I don't think so. It was just too much garlic, for me.

I enjoyed it for lunch. However, I am quite content with the Neil Perry approach. I don't think it needs the extra sauteeing. And the garlic is a bit heavy.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fricasseed Chicken Abruzzi Style with Rosemary, White Wine, Cherry Tomatoes, and Olives

This is my favourite Hazan dish so far. In fact I think it's my favourite dish that I can cook.

I've enjoyed it for a couple of years. It is so simple, and so easy, and yet so delicious when done right. You need to make sure you have the right pan for these fricasseed dishes (heavy), and the best free range chicken, olives, rosemary and garlic you can find.

After a few goes you won't need to look at the recipe at all.

I particularly love mopping up the juices (goodness) with some crusty bread, and having a bite of cherry tomato, olive and chicken all at once.

When serving for guests I make this a second course which follows a pasta and precedes fruit.

It's from Marcella Cucina.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Veal slices topped with prosciutto and sage

I snuck ahead a generation to Giuliano Hazan in How to Cook Italian. I've never cooked with butter and sage before, and like the idea of scaloppine.

Anyway, this little piggy came together like a dream. It only took about 15 minutes. I didn't bother whacking the meat first, as it already seemed pretty thin.

I'll be cooking this one again for sure.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I'd love to make my own mayo successfully. I've tried a few times by hand using olive oil. Perhaps too strong a flavour. Marcella says use vegetable oil and the blender. Neil Perry says not to believe her, and to use virgin and extra virgin olive oil and whip by hand.

I tried Marcella's.

It tasted ok (not great) but didn't come together from a thickness perspective. It was runny like thin gravy. I put in an extra egg yoke but to no avail. Any tips on this one? Obviously I've done something wrong.

Marcella says commercial mayos are "beneath discussion" and I believe her. But how to make the real stuff properly?