Swiss Chard and Bone Marrow
My best friend and fellow chef Ed and I had dinner last night. We were just going to wing it, no real plan or menu. On thursday, something popped into my mind and I called Ed and told him "I want swiss chard and bone marrow." So that's what we started with. Let's see what else we came up with.
Diced pancetta (and 300mm Hiro suji)
Brussel sprouts (and Miyabi Fusion paring)
Swiss Chard (Hiro again)
Brussel sprouts are best served with nice salty, fatty bits of cured pork.
Rough chop Chard.
Some halved grape tomatoes.
I kinda skipped some photos, but here is my plate. Roasted brussel sprouts with pancetta, fingerling potatoes, and sauteed swiss chard with onions and tomatoes.
That all seems a little too healthy. I mean, look at all those vegetables! Okay, how about some marrow?
I use beef bones, I actually like them better than veal bones. I got them at a local butcher, and when I went up to pay, the cashier asked me what kind of dog I had. They have them labeled as dog bones. Some marrow spread on a crostini:
This crostini is a little overloaded, but we only had one left and I put all of the remaining marrow onto it. Sprinkle on a little sea salt, and you are good to go! If you have never tried marrow, I highly recommend it. The bones are cheap, easy to prepare, and it is oh so good.
And now we need dessert. How about beer floats? Just like root beer floats you had as a kid, but for adults. You want a stout, and the rich sweet/coffee flavored ones. I have some '04-'05 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in the fridge, 1 12oz bottle is plenty for 2 desserts. We used both vanilla and coffee ice creams from "The Farmer's Cow". The Farmer's Cow is a group of farmers in Connecticut that produce milk, cream, ice cream, eggs, apple cider, etc. Their ice cream is outstanding. The best textured ice cream I have ever had, ever. I like Ben & Jerrys just fine, and sometimes I like lots of chunks and swirls and nuts in my ice cream. But if you want just plain ice cream and are in New England, find some of this stuff. Ok, back to my dessert. Tell me you don't want to lick your computer screen while staring at this.
Ok, that's all for now. Enjoy!