Monday, September 12, 2011

Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection

I've had this book for probably at least a year, and although I've attempted bits and pieces of it, and maybe a full recipe or two, I've yet to really get into this book. That's all changed, I'm going to execute every recipe in the book, regardless of time, and expense, although I may not try to get LaBresse chickens from France, I'll instead look for extremely good quality organic free run chickens here, in Toronto. I'm pretty sure, each recipe is going to take me at least a week, even after I've sourced the ingredients and equipment, and for equipment, off the top of my head, I'm going to need a soda siphon, a meat grinder, and a vacuum bag system (for the cake), oh I just remembered, I guess I also need a paint sprayer... And maybe after I've made everything in this book if I'm feeling strong, I'll make everything in The Fat Duck Cookbook (good luck Michael).

New Apartment and a Sirloin Tip Roast

Apparently it was June 17th when I last posted anything. I guess, not being a serious professional blogger and moving apartments got the best of me. And although, I moved in to my new apartment a little over a month ago, it's not even 50% unpacked, and very happening very slowly. And although I've been cooking, I haven't been blogging for lack of organization. There was a fairly tasty tray of nachos with freshly made yogurt cheese, cheddar, guacamole, cocktail tomatoes, fine herbs, and sirloin braised in fennel seeds and shao shing (since that's the only wine I seem to buy, I should really get something else). This was perhaps due to the recent purchase of a 5kg sirloin tip roast, that I portioned off into smaller roasts, steaks, stewing beef, and thinly sliced pieces for stir -frys. All for $30, not bad at all. Sirloin tip roast is not the most tender cut out there by far, but it has a good amount of flavour, and if marinated, it works out just fine. The night before saw steak frites with sauted carrots. A simple, and satisfying dinner. I also returned from my sisters' Montreal apartment, among the things made there was a blueberry tart which worked out especially well, considering it was an emergency tart, but not surprisingly when considering the blueberries were bought from the farmers market earlier that day. I have no photos, but I hope to start making proper posts again this week.