Inspired by an episode of Mad Men, I tried this ‘coq au vin’ from the Prices book. The fresh tarragon was nice. Chicken and tarragon go beautifully together, in general. But other than this was a pretty unimpressive dish without much flavour or flair. Too bad.
More of a pie than a cake and thick as a brick to boot. Very rich, very sweet, very dense. I don’t think I’ll be doing this one again.
To accompany our festive veal roast for Christmas I hunted down some white asparagus to make this peculiar dish of asparagus served in an egg & nutmeg sauce. It was ok, though the white asparagus was rather fibrous.
This Christmas we continued our now annual tradition of having a Mary and Vincent Price themed festive dinner. This time, taking inspiration from the Holland section of the book. Tracking down the smoked beef tongue was like going on the search for the Holy Grail and when we did finally find it, it was the funkiest, gnarliest thing I have seen in years. Not to be daunted however, I plunged forward (ignoring the horrified cries from friends and family) and followed this recipe to the T. It was a fantastic success. The ‘duxelles’ crust really was amazing. The only thing I would change however is foregoing the whole pre-carving/stuffing aspect, which was an absolute mess and really didn’t seem to be worth the hassle (which clearly the book photographers felt the same). Would I hunt down for the tongue again? Perhaps not, but I am proud to complete these recipes without cutting any corners and the adventure is half the fun anyway, isn’t it?