Saturday we were invited to an impromptu dinner at Joe & Ryan's. It was a pretty cold night. I think they ran out of degrees that night. The walk from the car to the apartment was a brutal, tooth-clattering affair but when we walked in the view of the crackling Duraflame Log and the smell of the tomato soup filled the air.
The dinner was fantastic. We had little truffle-buttered grilled cheeses, herbed white beans, roasted carrots and parsnips and carrots, and a hearty tomato soup with goat cheese. Their new apartment is great. I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, the fireplace or Independence Day playing in the background just low enought that you couldn't quite make out the dialogue. Strangely, I've never actually seen Independence Day but I think I understood the plot pretty well. I can't believe that Will Smith was one of the aliens! And Bill Pullman couldn't possible have been the president. They wouldn't let the president fly a fighter jet in active combat against aliens! The president must have been that little girl that Bill Pullman was holding and comforting through 50% of the movies.
Leftover osso bucco makes one of my favorite dishes, Veal Ragout. I simply reheated the leftover osso bucco, gently removed the meat from the bones and served the sauce over some egg noodles with a little truffle oil and grated Parmesan. It made a great snowy afternoon lunch.
Tonight, on a snowy evening, Jen made some fish stew. Mediterranean fish stew to be precise. What makes it Mediterranean? I don't know. The tomatoes, maybe? The tomatoes that are in no way native to the Mediterranean. Yeah, that must be it.
I also had a glass of pastis and we both shared salads made with a drizzle of fresh orange juice (the rest going into the soup).
Sadly we opened one of our olive tapenade jars from France and it had gone bad. We both had a little on some baguette before determining that it had gone well past its prime. Hopefully we don't die from eating ancient tapenade.
However, if we do, you will know the reason why this was our last blog entry. See you later on in the week! We hope!