Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Saturday supper, with pots de creme

On Saturday night, Andrew came over for dinner before we went to see "The King's Speech" (which I enjoyed even more the second time around.  Colin Firth, you are a god among men).  I decided to make a casserole, so I chopped some tomatoes and a zucchini and tossed them with a beaten egg, minced garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, and cooked ground turkey.  The mixture then went into the oven at 300degF for the better part of an hour.  To accompany the casserole, I decided on spaghetti cacio e pepe, following Amanda Hesser's recipe but omitting the Parmesan.  Simple and tasty.

Dessert was dark chocolate pots de creme, which I had made in the afternoon and let sit happily in the fridge until consumption time.  For pots de creme I generally use this Food & Wine recipe, but with all dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, and also with only half of the recommended sugar.  This time, I halved the recipe, and that still resulted in six single-serving ramekins.  My starting chocolates were one bar of Godiva raspberry dark chocolate (thanks, Paras!), one Portland bar (thanks again, E!), and a little bit of leftover Ghiradelli raspberry dark chocolate.

I also used coconut milk in place of the prescribed milk/cream, and for four of the six ramekins, I used World Peace cookies as a base.  It's hard not to like a chocolate cookie crust, especially with dense, silky chocolate cream on top of it :-).


After the sleep deprivation and general topsy-turvyness that was the latter half of last week, it has felt really great to get my appetite back, go grocery shopping (twice in one weekend!), cook and eat.  A few recent purchases that have been making my kitchen, tongue and stomach very happy: curry chicken salad from the Whole Foods deli, a big bottle of Naked Juice Green Machine, fresh bread, yogurt, fresh salmon, and graham crackers.  All this, along with the fact that I ran the Dish for the first time today (and plan to do so many more times over the next few months), has helped me get back in tune.  Life is good.