Ah Chocolate! You either crave it all the time, or not so much. I am in the not so much category, but I do like my chocolate, it just has to be good chocolate. I don’t crave it. I am more of a salt than sweet tooth. If there is any week to like chocolate, this is the one. Since this week includes Valentine’s Day, I will embrace chocolate in souffle form and pair it with raspberry (chocolate is better with raspberry don’t you think?), but I am also using chocolate in a savory dish. As long as we are on the chocolate topic, if you haven’t seen Like Water for Chocolate, you really, really must (esp if you like cooking and Mexico) and see it in the undubbed original Spanish version with subtitles. Do not watch the dubbed version, you lose everything.
Our host for the menu swap this week is M-Elle of Cooking and Uncooking . I am certain there will be some great gluten free chocolate desserts posted this week, so check them out.
Sunday: Smokey pork (our pork) on the charcoal grill, low and slow in the sunshine. Potatoes Dauphiniose with both sweet and local potatoes plus Gruyere and grilled asparagus. I am using my Mexi rub and added cocoa powder, coriander and brown sugar to the rub.
Monday: Homemade pizza! Deep dish or thin crust, to be determined. Using our canned tomatoes and our frozen tomato paste and herbs from the indoor garden for the sauce. No homemade mozzarella yet, but soon!
Tuesday: Vietnamese crab and tofu soup with a Vietnamese cabbage salad and maybe attempting scallion pancakes.
Wednesday: Pesto Risotto and grilled salmon with spicy black butter
Thursday: Gumbo with okra, tomatoes, andouille sausage and chicken over rice (maybe dirty rice maybe not)
Friday: Indian, pork kofta curry balls (based on the linked recipe), rice, dal and maybe I can work a cabbage potato curry dish in there too. I recently had a great one at our local Indian restaurant, the potatoes were tangy with lots of cilantro and black mustard seeds in the dish.
Saturday (Valentine’s Day): Cheese fondue appetizer with Whole Foods Sourdough GF bread and apples for dunking, Scallops (for me, fish for Eby) with beurre blanc sauce and angel hair pasta, green salad with sustainably raised hearts of palm, tangerine supremes, red onion and a dijon viniagrette , chocolate souffle with raspberry eau de vie whipped cream Going to eat the Trader Joes GF flourless chocolate cake I forgot I had in the freezer for emergency dessert needs when traveling. We made a raspberry puree with a bit of Grand Mariner to go with it. L.Mawby Sparkling wine from Leelanau County. Martini’s and cocktails instead of wine.