Monday, September 25, 2006
Can I tempt you?
Mushrooms weren't the only things that caught my eye on Saturday! I can personally vouch for the yummyness of that chocolate bombe!
Mercifully, I have a wheat intolerance otherwise I'd be able to vouch for everything in the shop.
Pears, almonds and chocolate are one of my favourite combinations. Maybe I could scrape the pastry off...?
Well, you guys really know your onions, or rather, mushrooms! I used some of the (very large) mushroom (Steinpilze) in a vegetable pastry plait for the boys and fried it in butter too for myself and it was absolutely delicious. I've no doubt it will be appearing on the menu Chez Grace again. Everything on sale here is labeled in German, French and Italian and I found a packet of dried Stienpilze and see that in French they are Bolets and in Italian Porcini. I hadn't realised this - dried Porcini mushrooms are readily available in the UK and are one of my cupboard staples. (I use Delia Smith's recipe for baked pork chops with cream, mushrooms and thyme which is really good).
I think it would go wonderfully well with Gruyere, I must try that too (thanks Omega). Mark was lucky enough to visit the Gruyere factory and castle recently and brought home some samples. They seem to be mostly sold in three stages of maturity. I think the mature is my favourite but the first moment the mild one hits the tongue is very nice too! Like Parmesan it's lovely and tangy, not as all like the stuff we are sold in the UK that tastes like cardboard (or rubber) unless you can find a good supplier.
A small pumpkin found it's way into my shopping basket today. It's a great excuse to go and flick through my cookbooks. I may be some time...