Tongue, Sucking Peanuts, Tentacles

2013.Nov.11 Monday · 1 comment

in Casa SaltShaker, Food & Recipes

Sounds like an anime video, no? But, it’s just a typical dinner here at Casa S….

Veal Tongue Salad

A reprise of our recent poached veal tongue dish, with fermented brussels sprouts, roasted beets, spicy beet stem relish, tapenade, quail eggs, and a local farmer’s cheese.

Chupe de Maní

New soup making its appearance, based on a traditional Bolivian Chupe de Maní (there’s that peanut sucking mentioned) – I’m sure it comes more or less from slurping it up, but a chupe is basically a thick pureed soup. In this case, sauteed red onions, garlic, cumin seeds and ají panca (dried red chilies) until softened, added in chopped tomatoes and continued a few more minutes, then added peeled and diced potatoes, lemon zest and juice, a big dollop of peanut butter, and some cilantro stems. Cooked that until the potatoes were soft, pureed, adjusted the seasoning, garnished with coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and crushed, toasted peanuts.

Albacore and Pulpito in Ajoblanco

Another new dish this week. Quickly sauteed albacore tuna, confited baby octopi, both sitting in a pool of ajoblanco (poach garlic cloves and almond meal in milk and cream until the garlic is soft, then whisk in some potato starch dissolved in a little milk and cook to thicken, seasoned with salt and white pepper), a drizzle of piquillo pepper puree, some eggplant chips and a scattering off fresh fava beans dusted with smoked salt.

Huatia Sulcana

A minor modification to one of our favorite slow cooked dishes, huatia sulcana – beef braised in a chili, wine and herb stock – served with polenta, and, a change-up on the roasted carrots. I was listening to a podcast earlier in the week from The Splendid Table and really liked the sound of the coffee bean roasted carrots. Couldn’t pass up trying them out – delicious, and the coffee is really subtle, but creates a remarkable flavor combination with the carrots. I did find that the carrots didn’t get as soft and cooked through as I liked at the temperature they recommended, so I raised it a bit and roasted them at a pretty normal roasting temperature – it may simply be that we don’t have the “pencil thin” carrots available here.

Torta Titano

And just a new presentation for our Torta Titano – instead of a cookie base I went with a bitter cocoa sponge cake, brushed with Tia Maria (coffee liqueur), then topped with a layer of Nutella, some roasted hazelnuts, homemade cream cheese with sugar and espresso powder, and finally with dark chocolate ganache and a dusting of sweet cocoa powder.


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