Friday, April 20, 2012

 and the single most expensive book Ive ever purchased =/
 but its so pretty!

Monday, April 16, 2012

More books!!!  I love my books. 
 bought some meat glue so we can bastardize nature!!!
 we saw some good looking Uni at Kukje and surprisingly it was REALLY GOOD! 
 made more bacon
 and screwed around and made some sous vide tea eggs.  boil for 4 minutes.  Crack the shells and then sous vide with some soy/tea mixture for an hour at 65 degrees.  Let sit in bag over night.
 hard and salty on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What are Egg Pants??
 Pants for your eggs!!
 Whats an Egg Click?
 takes the tops off of eggs!
 so you can enjoy your soft boiled eggs
 heres a video of how it works.  Its a cup shaped blade that gets tapped into the top of the egg and cracks it all the way around.  Its very easy to peel off the top but I only had one had so it made it look harder.

Monday, April 9, 2012

My pink salt... and labeling it so Ms. B doesnt try tasting it.
 we hung a new drawing up.  Its in chalk so we can erase it and draw a cow next.
 we bought Sandy a BOOT for her bday.  Fun drinking!

So how did dinner go?  Salmon wasnt smokey enough.  outside had good smoke flavor but the inside was just salmony =(
 but the foie terrine was magnificent!!!
 unwrapping the torchon
 cheesecloth layer
 vacuum pack it until needed.  Its not so pretty now!
 take the salmon with us too
and we head over to Chez Susan, cut up some salmon and munch
 sear up some foie.  Perfect sear!
 serve two ways!!! with a slice of torchon.  It was heavenly
 sous vide egg and frisee salad with house made bacon
 duck breast and risotto
 hand made pasta ala Andrew
 Happy birthday Drew!
 Drew was on the cooking channel for a segment on La Mar!
 and his kitchen that we cooked in.  Fun fun fun!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

making shit at home
Making some pancetta... cured pork belly with pink salt, salt, garlic, bay leaves, and pepper
 After firm rinse thoroughly, cut off the skin, trim into a rectangle, and roll it up tightly
 i didnt take pics in between because my hands were slimy with pork fat
 I did a shitty ass job rolling it up and tying it up.  I need to learn a few knots!!!
Hung it here! hahahah.  We shall see how it turns out after a week of drying.
Hope I dont die from some crazy bacterial growth.
I saved the pork rind.  maybe fry that ish up!

then I took some salmon and cured it with salt and sugar for 12 hours
 time to cold smoke
You light the wood chips with a torch and theres ice cubes inside the smoker to keep everything cold.
we are cold smoking just for flavor not to cook.
 light it up and seal it up and let it sit for 30 minutes.  Then repeat.
 These were small fillets and thin so it didnt take long.  And we are done! smoked salmon for your bagels.
 Also marinated our own salmon eggs.  Soy, mirin, and sake.  Much better than store bought.

and the fatty widowmaker.  Foie...
 soak in milk overnight.  You need more milk than this... I pushed it down into the milk but didnt take a pic
 afterward clean out the veins!  there are a bunch so do your best!
 I really mangled the lobes.  Sigh... but no matter!  sprinkle on your mix of salt, sugar, pink salt, and sauterne and let it marinate overnight.

Aftter its cured overnight roll that ish up in some cheesecloth
 I forgot to take a pic of me simmering it for 90 seconds.  This is to melt it back into one whole log
Then immediately ice bath for a while until its all cooled
 wrap in a kitchen towel, roll tightly enough that extra fat oozes out (that kitchen towel started off white) and hang in the fridge overnight.  I couldnt really hang it anywhere so i sorta strung it to the top of the soy sauce can hahah!!! I would imagine this is to help keep its shape and also to prevent any sides from pooling anything... so in this case good enough for me!
 I left some of the foie out of the torchon.
 I pressed it through a fine mesh and mixed it all up.  Then stuck it into my favorite jar.
 So much crap to eat now!
 My foie terrine and torchon.  Dont mind the containers of spam soup (yes spam soup)
 Smoked salmon, salmon eggies, home made bacon.  Mmmmm.  Now how do I serve all this shit?
I think I'll be using the ingredients for a nice dinner tomorrow.  Stay tuned for pics.