I want to talk today about round food. This, being in the midst of citrus season, is fitting. But I don’t want to talk too much about citrus, and not because I don’t love it- quite to opposite. I have been eating as much grapefruit as is socially acceptable… and only a little bit more.
I want to talk about recreating foods (or attempting to) that you love. I once worked as a lunch and coffee slinger back in Portland. It was, in fact, the first job I had post college. I do not use the word ‘sling’ lightly. The lunches were prepared at a different location and by the time it got to the cafe we threw it on a plate and slung it at the customers. Really. The different location at which the food was prepared at was actually a catering kitchen, and food was usually well prepared and quite tasty. I suppose one doesn’t ‘sling’ tasty food and that that verb is usually reserved for gruel or food of a similar consistency. But I digress.
Gorgonzola and caramelized onion polenta gratin.
The other round thing that was made recently was supposed to be a pie. Nic bought some home-canned cherries and requested a pie. I personally don’t deal too well with cherries other than to eat them fresh- they’re a littl fussy to mess with, what with all those pits and not a lot of fruit to show for it, compared to other stone fruits. So the jars sat in our pantry for about 6 months. A few weekends ago Nic cooked them down in their syrup and created a nice thick cherry pie filling. However, the filling was less than an adequate amount for a full pie, and Nic only made a single pie crust, and so we made a cherry galette.
I am a big fan of naming things as you see fit. I once made what was supposed to be a lemon cake, but the cake turned out to be (a lot) more dense than I had hoped, and so I called a lemon torte. You can get away with a lot by remembering this little trick.