Saturday, January 26, 2008
Flowers and paint and chile rellanos
I have got to get back to the schedule of posting earlier in the day....I am soooo sleepy.
What a lovely day....I am sorry to do this to all of you still in the depths of winter, enjoying it or not.....but today was GORGEOUS. We had all the windows open, the man and I bought some plants to put in the apartment, we had a hilarious time mailing a paella dish to my brother-in-law in Poland. Man those suckers are enormous.
I worked on Catalan.
I walked in the hills with the dog for two and a half hours, and I painted.
Nothing I am quite prepared to show yet...I think I finished two pieces, I need to look at them a little longer, and I am much further ahead with a third, the one inspired in the gallery with Eldest which I wrote about here, and I have done some sketching and draft painting work for the drawing I posted yesterday...I need to work out technique for painting the inside of that boat.
I also made the chile rellanos, boy those were good, not quite like I remembered, but YUMMY.
OK, roast green narrow peppers, preferably hot ones. Failing that, dry fry them in the pan like I did (no oven) and stick them in a bag. Let them sit a bit, if you successfully roasted them, take the skins off. If not, don't sweat it.
Cut cheese (literally here, not figuratively please), ideally some delicious Mexican cheese, but a strong cheddar, or Monterey Jack would be good. Slice it about half an inch thick.
Separate the yolks and whites of two eggs,(I made seven peppers, and probably should have had seven eggs) beat the eggs till they are frothy, fold the yolks in, or don't (I didn't, I forgot that part and them up in the hot pan...I ate them with a little salt and roasted sesame oil. Yum); add some flour (I put three tsp for two eggs).
Slit the peppers lengthwise, and a little T cross at the top and remove some of the seeds and pith, put in the cheese, and roll it in flour (I don't know why, I didn't and it was just fine thankyouverymuch). Now. Hold on here, first lay newspaper on the floor in front of the stove, then put a quarter inch of oil in a heavy skillet, cast iron if you've got one, and heat it up good and hot. I have no idea what the approved temperature for this sort of near deep frying is, but I figured good and hot, and it seemed to work. Pour in some of the egg mix into the pan, to batter the peppers, bang the peppers in on top of it, and pour the rest of the mix over it all. I put a lid on because it was spitting, and I really wanted the cheese to melt.
When it is getting brown on the bottom, turn it over, I did that plate-on-top-thing-and-flip cause it was all one mass. You may want to move the dog and kids out of the way before you start, cause there is a heck of a lot of hot oil dancing around while you do it. Another good reason for a cast iron skillet, no little plate-and-flip action is going to disturb it's presence...
Cook it a little longer,
Take it out drizzle on some hot sauce and feed it to the salivating children, but probably not the dog. Follow up with water and oranges.