We had a ton of fun having dinner for some friends last night. The weather has been growing colder, so we were aiming for some rich flavors.
soup of matsutake and crimini, creme fraiche
crispy pork belly, coffee cure & braise, fennel apple salad
chicken en demi deuil, wild mushroom risotto
blackberry financier, passionfruit sorbet
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2006 whitehaven sauvignon blanc, marlborough
2005 frederic magnien grand cru chablis, "clos"
2001 white rock vineyards claret, napa
As often happens after a a large meal like that, I woke up this morning with a ravenous appetite. L made some splendid ricotta pancakes from scratch as we settled into our lazy Sunday, then went into full vacation-planning mode (Chile in April) as I pondered what to make for lunch. With the leftovers we had from yesterday (pork belly trimmings, chantrelle mushrooms, tomato soup, wild mushroom risotto), I thought I'd try making some risotto wrapped in cabbage.
Cabbage has a fantastic sweetness that presents itself when roasted in a hot pan or in a blistering oven... when you get that caramelization, the flavor dimensions of the cabbage expande exponentially. And here's the awesome thing about leftovers: we continued the decadence of last night's meal in a new context, using simple ideas to enjoy another flavorful meal with less than 15 minutes of work.