Recipes Need Not Apply
Yesterday, I hosted a wine tasting and the menu featured food that did not require any recipes. The menu was fun: lavender scented goat cheese with honey and orange blossom caviar, mushroom patè with fried polenta and crispy sage. Each of the ten amuse bouche were paired with five Italian wines from different regions in Italy. The preparation of the food took two days. The organization of guest and location was time consuming as it was nerve racking. I host these celebrations for the love of sharing great food and wine with my friends.
The day after I am usually exhausted. The idea of cooking a complicated meal is the last thing on my todo list. Today’s menu is a no recipe menu that celebrates the fall flavors. Oven roasted vegetables dressed with olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper over wedges of fried polenta. Yesterday I brined a chicken which season’s itself. A mushroom risotto made with dried porcini mushrooms will finish my no recipe day.
Cooking is never about complicated recipes and standing over a hot stove for hours. Cooking is about celebrating the flavors of the season while enjoying life and friends. So for today let’s throw away the recipes, celebrate the harvest of the season and enjoy life!