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Mozza – take 1

30 Jan

Just got a new cookbook in the mail last week, one which both a sister and my mother own and keep cooking out of. It seems like it will be another regular-go-to book for cannot-fail recipes similar to Sunday Suppers At Lucques. (At least if I end up liking it as much as my sister likes it.)

Mozza may take some getting used to, however. In Sunday Suppers, Suzanne Goin has a photo of almost every single recipe – a beautifully photographed dish that lets you indulge in the idea that you might be able to create and plate something as beautiful. Nancy Silverton makes you do a little more imagining. Few of the recipes are photographed, although they are very well written and she describes plating the dishes in great detail for each of the recipes. I do wish she had photographed more, though. When I flip through a cookbook on Friday night or Saturday morning, I’m looking for some inspiration. Photos are just easier and faster to digest and make you pause faster than a title and list of ingredients. Still, let’s see.

Last night’s dinner turned out well: Sea Trout (i had to use salmon, which is close) on lentils with pickled cabbage (pickled with balsamic vinegar, giving it a rich flavor). Very nice and a good winter dish here as we head into a week that is supposed to take us to breezy Siberia temperatures. By Wednesday, we should hit -20 degrees celsius.

Sea Trout (Salmon) on a bed of lentils with pickled cabbage salad

Sea trout (salmon) on a bed of lentils with pickled cabbage salad

Finished off with a dessert from Food52 which I wouldn’t recommend: Grapefruit curd tart with candied rosemary. It was good, but I baked it in the morning and by the time we ate it, it wasn’t as soft and aromatic as it had been earlier in the day.

Grapefruit curd tart with candied rosemary

Grapefruit curd tart with candied rosemary

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Cooking at home, Famous Chefs

 

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