Monday, December 11, 2006

pre-concert dinner

We had some folks over before heading to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Messiah sing-a-long. As a good friend said about last year's experience, "the Messiah kicked our butts." That is one difficult piece of music to sing. I'm sure the professionals were cringing in their seats.

baby salad
Baby spinach with roasted baby eggplants, pomegranate seeds, feta, and almonds. Ok, so I went overboard with the salad add-ons. I think I would have left out the almonds. The pomegranate seeds were crunchy enough.
[baby spinach, baby eggplant, feta cheese, almonds, pomegranate seeds, roasted garlic vinaigrette]

braised chicken with roasted garlic
I misread the 40 cloves of garlic recipe, and instead of stewing the garlic with the chicken (there were a few cloves in there, but not 40), I roasted the garlic instead and mixed the puree into the final sauce.
[chicken (dark meat only), chicken broth, onions, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper]

no-knead bread
I love this bread. I used this flour with nice results. The crumb was slightly tighter this time, but still very chewy. I made the initial dough much wetter, and let it rise about 16 hours. I did slice it shortly after it came out of the oven, so I don't know how much that affected the final texture. Still a very excellent bread. I mashed up some of the roasted garlic with butter and salt for spreading on the bread.
[flour, water, yeast, salt]


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