28 January 2018

Je reprends ce que j'ai dit hier

I take back what I said about the weather yesterday. Yes, it is not raining. Yes, it is colder. No, it's not a lot better than it was. After a beautiful Friday, we were blanketed in thick fog all day yesterday. It was dim and gray. Oh well. At least it didn't rain. But because of the pea soup fog I lost sight of Tasha a time or two on the morning walk, and I don't like that. I finally had to put her in the leash.

So I got busy in the kitchen after the morning walk. I made a Bœuf miroton (or is that mironton?) using the leftovers from (remains of?) our recent pot-au-feu (boiled beef). It's basically a hash with the beef roughly chopped up and shredded, a lot of sauteed onion, and some sliced carrots in a thickened sauce flavored with a little bit of vinegar and tomato paste. I didn't take pictures of any of that. But I did take a couple of photos of the pie we made to have as dessert with it.

It's a banana cream pie, and an American recipe as far as I know. Walt, the pastry whiz, made a flaky pie crust in a deep tin that has a removable bottom. I made a sweet custard thickened with flour and cornstarch using a mixture of milk and cream, and enriched with three beaten egg yolks, a dash of vanilla, and some melted butter. Sliced banana went into the pie shell and the the warm custard got poured over all. The warm custard softened the banana slices just slightly and then firmed up as it cooled. Delicious.

11 comments:

  1. Sorry for the winter of your discontent....But it seems to be inspiring some delicious cooking inside! And this will not last forever.

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    1. There are family things going on back in the U.S. that I haven't wanted to write about on the blog. I'm pretty emotional and stressed right now. I won't say more for the time being.

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  2. Oh, I do like the pie. Tasha is old enough to find you in a fog. Let her harden up, I can guess about trouble at home. Good luck.

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    1. The problem is that there is some car traffic around the vineyard, and Tasha shows a tendency to want to chase cars. If she runs out to the road cars pass by on, that's dangerous.

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  3. Bananas and custard in a pie.........yum!

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  4. Oh Wow what a beautiful pie! Thinking about you and your family.

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  5. As Evelyn said, I'll be thinking about you, knowing you have worries on your mind. I'm so sorry to hear that.

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  6. The crust on that pie looks heavenly.

    I'm guessing that the word remains is just the polite, upmarket version of leftovers. May the sun return to your environs shortly.

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    1. Remains in the context of food doesn't sound polite to me, but graphic. Anyway, the meaning is clear. And that crust — even the remains of it — is quite fine.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your worries, Ken! At times like these it must be hard to be so far away from your loved ones!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Traveling back to the States is stressful in ordinary time, but when you have scramble to make all the arrangements as quickly as possible, it's even more stressful.

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