Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aborted Gravlax

The other day I started to make gravlax. I had a shabby idea for a Nordic-themed dinner. Unfortunately I was following a traditional recipe that requires 4-5 days planning and after starting the process my work schedule changed and would no longer allow me to stay on course for this dinner.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

Gravlax Preparation

On Monday I had seasoned up a nice piece of Norwegian salmon with salt, dill, and sugar, and placed it in the refrigerator to cure.

Then the unthinkable happened: I didn't want to make gravlax anymore!

Gravlax en Croute with Garlic Green Beans and Sour Cream Dill Potatoes

Thinking quick I wrapped the partially cured gravlax in some puff pastry with whole grain mustard and baked it in the oven. I made some boiled potatoes with sour cream and dill and some green beans with garlic to accompany the dish for a makeshift dinner.

Dogfish Head Namaste

For a drink I served up this Namaste from Dogfish Head. I figured since it's actually been in the 60's it would be nice to have a refreshing summer-type beer to accompany this dinner. Well, eventually it was refreshing.

Dogfish Head Namaste (Lots of Head)

You see, I poured about a tablespoon of the beer into each glass and they exploded with foam. At first I thought that maybe the bottle had been sabotaged by some wiseacre. After drinking the beer, I did at least live long enough to write this. So, at the very least, the beer was not poisoned.

Sadly there aren't any videos on the Dogfish Head website about how the founder watched a dinosaur movie but even that withstanding it was still a very enjoyable beer.

There is this video, though, which is about 9 minutes long but, sadly, features very little in the way of talking about dinosaurs.

Coconut Rice Pudding with Chopped Pistachios

For dessert I cooked up some rice and made this pudding with leftover coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and chopped pistachios.

I was inspired to make this pudding because I was reading about all the depressing wars going on so I decided to watch a dinosaur movie. In the movie I saw a palm tree that dinosaurs knocked coconuts out of to eat. I thought that would be a great basis for a rice pudding.

True story.

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