Here is the recipe for Panna Cotta (make at least one day ahead to set):
1 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 teaspoon gelatin 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons water Pinch salt Two very ripe Nectarines
1. Sprinkle gelatin powder on water, let set. 2. Heat cream with vanilla, but do not boil. 3. Remove pan from heat, add gelatin, stir until gelatin dissolves, let cool for 15 minutes 4. In a bowl, mix buttermilk and sugar. 5. Add cooled cream to buttermilk, stir. 6. Pour into 4 dessert bowls, refridgerate over night. 7. Cut nectarines (or berries, any fruit will do- but make sure it is very ripe and sweet) and serve in centter of bowl. 8. I sprinke crumbled cookies on top. If you do that, use a very dry crispy cookie.
It's been a while, here's what was on the menu tonight:
Foie Gras Terrine on Toasted Macadamia Nut Brioche with Pickled Cherry Compote.
White Gazpacho with Dayboat Scallop Ceviche. Most people don't know that gazpacho is originally a soup made from old bread, cold water, cucumber, and garlic: the stuff that usually tastes like V-8 juice came much later.
Rosted Beef Tenderloin Rubbed with Garlic and Herbs on Wilted Swiss Chard with Walnuts. Chive Butter and Fried Parsnip Straws. The butter looks huge, but it's really a paper thin slice that drizzled down onto the shard, evenutally.
Broiled Wild King Salmon on a Warm Potato Salad with Fennel and Pancetta, Roasted Corn Beurre Blanc. Summer, you gotta love it!
Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta with Figs, Raspberries, and Crumbled Amaretti Cookie. Panna Cotta is the best summer dessert, but awful to desribe. It's cream and buttermilk with gelatin. See, that doesn't sound good. But it is so very light and if you put great summer fruits on, it's the perfect subtle compliment.
Chronicle journalist terrible' Aidin Vaziri wrote a review of Alanis Morrisette's new acoustic re-recording of Jagged Little Pill that shocked, I say shocked, me. Turns out the Canadian relationship angst queen wrote all those emotionally saturated songs about her breakup with David Coulier.
David "Uncle Joey on Full House" Coulier.
And 30 million consumers thought she was singing about something serious.
1. You love the Ramones, it'd be a helluva thing to be able to say you'd done the naked hula with a Ramone, does this include Marky?
The only Ramone I'd have done the naked grownup dance with was Joey...he was the dreamiest one of all...alas, not being into necrophilia, or even necromancy for that matter, I don't think that dream will be coming true...sigh...
2. Bacon- essential food group or proof of God's love?
I was a vegetarian for most of high school, therefore no bacon. High School was the four worst years of my life - coincidence? It is my opinion that bacon is an essential food group - imperative for ones mental well being.
3. What the hells is the Hamstress up to?
Sigh, Hamstress won't hang out with me anymore....
4. Buddha says that there is divinity in every act, but Karl Rove is still a dick, right?
5. You're out of clean uns, do you? a) do laundry, even if it is just a sink wash. b)buy new. c) go Comanche. d) swimsuit.
Comanche - is that the same as commando? So long as I'm not wearing a skirt - I'll be knickerless, thank you very much
I'm not above internet theft, so I too will answer questions sent to me.
Saw LJR's show Idols of the King last week and had great time. Afterward, we drank with the band, three nice boys from Memphis flown in just for the gig, and of course Elvis. Unlike the critic of a certain local paper, I don't wish to betray anything about play, I'll just say that Lisa and James do a great job playing all the characters in the vignettes. And Elvis . . . well, he's great. Here's an interview that was in Sunday's Pink Section.
I'm going with Uber Karin, Luke, and Baby 1.0 on Thursday, then again with Brie, AD, and the Divine Ms. L on Saturday. Get your tix here.
I've had one song stuck in my head since Friday, really.
Reverend Cecil Williams: We have 12 Japanese Merchant Marines here today. They were here for the 9am and now they're gonna leave. Glide, let them know they're welcome back anytime. Glide: (positive crowd cheers) Translator and Tour Guide: Thank you very much. We really enjoyed the show.