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Evening in eight images.

Iggy's brother and his wife dropped by for a long overdue dinner. And since our weekends tend to be full, we just had to do it during the week. A nice, little evening. And, no, I didn't see the moon eclipse, because I was too lazy to go out, and, no, you won't see the people, today you'll just see some stages. Of food preparation. And, yes, it was a low key evening, because I (still) don't like to cook. :)



Preparing caprese with mozarella bufala straight from heaven. Thanks, Ricky!


Yes, I was crying. Parsley and shallot.


Melange forestiere getting ready.


Waiting...


And almost there...


Layer upon layer.


Put a lid on it.


Icecream, strawberries with a few drops of 18 year old aceto balsamico and Muffato della sala. Wine straight from heaven! Thanks, Andrea!


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omero_hassan
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
It all looks delicious (except the shallots -- they make me cry so bad I can't even see what I'm cutting), but the last picture looks like a professional food stylist took it. It's a great shot.
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Professional would remove breadcrumbs and provide a proper setting. And wouldn't use phonecam. :) But food was good, I have to say, and, yes, I was also crying like mad. But I prefer shallot to onion.
coffeeguy777
Jun. 16th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Looks wonderful!!.. Love me some Mozarella & tomatoes witth some Olive oil, Itailian bread & Basil. :-). That's almost as good as Sex hehehe
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's THE thing to eat for me as well! :)
changeling72
Jun. 16th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I never thought strawberries and balsamic would go, but they really do!
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, they DO go! :)
dan4behr
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yes! It makes a wonderful combination.
We cut the strawberries in halves or quarters, sprinkle with sugar and a good splash of balsamic and set in the fridge to get all juicy and delicious. Serve a la.Topaz with fresh whipped cream. You'll love it!
paterson_si
Jun. 17th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
OMG! A sin! Strawberries and sugar??? I never add any sugar to fresh fruit and balsamico I use for fruit is actually sweet, because it's been aged and reduced, so it's like a really intense syrup.
plantmom
Jun. 16th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Honey, that ain't cookin', it's art. Beautiful! About the balsamic, there's a chef in this area who reduces two cups of balsamic down to a quarter cup of glaze, and then bastes fruit kebabs with it. Just listening to him talk about it made me almost drool.
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Hehehehehehehe thanks! :) Well, I do not really like to cook. I think I can, but it's just not the bliss many talk about. But when I do cook, I want it to look nice too. And, of course, it should also taste the part! :)

I use a lot of "ordinary" balsamic for salads and seasoning of meat and such. For sweets and for extra "punch" I use this really old, intense, dense, thick balsamico. It's just... good.
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paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
De Cecco is a good brand. Oil is quite good for cooking and I think De Cecco is one of the best "supermarket variety" pasta.
dendren
Jun. 16th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
mmmmm... hungry now. I love to cook but I almost never make pretty stuff like that.
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
But I don't see anything particularly pretty. But it was good. :)
thisisdavid
Jun. 16th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Cooking Sucks Ass!
I hear you. I don't really like to cook either. Well, the cooking part is a bit fun but I don't like cleaning at ALL. And here in TW, it's just easier and cheaper to eat out. Especially for one person. And I'm really not one for left overs either.
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Cooking Sucks Ass!
I only - conditionally - enjoy cooking when I do it for others. I am totally cool with eating out and sandwiches. :)


And... I never eat leftovers.

Edited at 2011-06-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
dan4behr
Jun. 16th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Looks delicious.

I'm sure anything recommended by Ricky would taste good. ;)
paterson_si
Jun. 16th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Not only recommended... personally delivered! :)
tilia_tomentosa
Jun. 17th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I apreciate your heroic cooking efforts, but I would still like to see the people. :)
paterson_si
Jun. 17th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
Well, sorry. :)
cajuncountry
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Oh my heavens that all looks amazing.
paterson_si
Jun. 17th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
And it actually tasted okay. :)
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