Fun times, again, in the kitchen! Fun making our own pasta, and better than some of the store bought “stuff”. Pasta dishes can take all forms and so can breakfast. Here we made two different breakfasts – two days – and a really good pasta dinner. Let’s look at breakfast first. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.
Yes indeed, another good Römertopf Roasted Chicken. Love using this style of cooking – Römertopf or Tagine; slow, steamed in it’s own liquid. I like to place chopped carrots, onion and potato on the bottom of the Römertopf to keep the chicken off of the bottom of the cooking pot and keep it from burning. Make a gravy from the liquid and use the roasted vegetables as a side. I cooked this one covered at 375 degrees F for about 1 1/2 hours, plus 1/2 hour uncovered at 400 degrees F.
And we do like to keep the ingredients as local as possible: Potatoes from Rupert, Onions from Nyssa, Carrots from Boise, Herbs from our herb garden. Look at what we did and enjoy. We did! Serve with a good Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. Left Click the photos to see them enlarged.
Overall, a good visit and meal at da Vinci’s Italian in Eagle, ID last night. Overall good flavors in the food and good wines. My only negative comment is that there seemed to be an overuse of salt. Things were salty. But the layers of flavors – after you got by the salt – were very good. Had it not been for the overuse of salt, we would have rated da Vinci’s a 4-Star restaurant. Instead, we rate this as a 3-Star (out of 5-Stars) restaurant. You can see their menu at Yelp. From their website, “All Full Size Entrees Include Our Bottomless House Salad Bowl With Da Vinci’s Homemade Italian Dressing And Freshly Baked Tuscan Bread, Or Substitute A Caesar Salad For An Additional $2.95.all Chicken And Veal Dishes Are Complemented With A Side Of Angel Hair Pasta With Aglio Olio Or Tuscan Tomato Sauce. Add Extra Chicken $2.50 Add Extra Veal $4.50” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy!
Sqlaw? What is that? Acually it is a roasted spaghetti squash slaw, thus Sqlaw. Here is the recipe for the Sqlaw. It is also in the recipe file above.
But, before you can have a sandwich or a full meal, one must have some type of appetizer. Here are two that Robin found online and the recipe link is posted with the photo. Which one do we like best? Well, maybe if you come to maybe the November Treasure Valley Wine Society tasting in November, you just may have the opportunity to try our favorite. We really did enjoy and like all of these offerings. Try them. Let us know what you think. Cheers!
Last night we had this awesome Saffron Halibut Packets, a recipe adapted from Roger Mooking. This is an absolute keeper recipe. The style of cooking halibut in parchment paper is called Filets de Flétan en Papillote, or generally en Papillote. There is a great Mexican recipe – I can’t remember it correctly right now – from the movie Tortilla Soup where they prepare a fish this way. Anyway, here is our adaption. Enjoy!
Robin found this article about capers today in the Idaho Statesman (U of I Master Gardner – Add A Caper). This is a really good article and chock full of good information. Here is a portion of that article.
“Capers are actually immature budding flowers of the prickly perennial capparis spinosa bush tree. They are a native plant of the Mediterranean region and particularly copious in the eastern regions of the Black Sea as well as Cyprus, Turkey, Anatolia, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece … They typically grow wild down roadways, rocky hillsides, mountains and ancient stone walls. They thrive in a dry arid climate.
As with most all other herbs and spices, capers have been added to flavor foods and to treat ailments in our bodies for thousands of years. An interesting feature of the plant is its hardiness adapting to a wide variety of climates.”
Caper seeds can be purchased at “… Franchi Sementi Seeds produces caper seeds. The US distributor for Franchi is growitalian.com and the UK distributor is seedsofitaly.com.” (From Seed To Table) You can find more information on capers at From Seed To Table Blog. Another source for Caper Seeds is Amazon (dot) com. Have fun and add these to your herb garden. I plan on doing so. Cheers!