Last Weekend-Forced Meats take 2

Man what a crazy day. We did Country Style Terrine, Turkey Pate en Croute,
Seafood Mousseline, Pan-Smoked Rainbow Trout, Tea & Spice Smoked Salmon, Thai Shrimp Ceviche Javenese Pickled Vegetables and started Foie Gras.

Fish Platter-ceviche, salmon, trout
Seafood Mousseline
Javanese Vegetables

Pate–to me used to just be liver and meat mixed together. We made many pates and pate en terrines(shapping object) -which are pates in a terrine-earthenware kind of vessel. I used to be totally grossed out by that. It is good on bread cooked/seared. The Pate en Croute (en croute=inside dough), we switched and used a brioche dough. Those of you that like brioche would love this. We put the pate in the brioche and shaped like an empanada. Then we baked. They were ginormous as well.

Most were appetizing but the mousseline was something of an acquired thing. Imagine a thick white pudding/jello with seafood and now imagine it in a tiny bowl shape. I have a picture so you decide for yourself. If you did not know what it was you would think it was some kind of sugary snack.

Smoking–so much fun. We smoked some pork into bacon. Previously we let it sit and cure for two weeks. Then we smoked it. We sampled a piece–nothing like making your own bacon. We smoked trout as well. That is an easy meal. We let it sit in brine for about an hour and an half and then put it in a stove top smoker.(container with rack and cover.) In the bottom we put wood chips. I suggest you only do this if you have an outdoor kitchen or a grill–inside will set off every alarm in the building and make you smell like a chimney. 🙂 (for the record, that did not happen to me) The finished product was amazing. This is a great dinner party dish if you are having it outside or inside, just soon after you make it.

Javenese Pickled Vegatables-one dish that made me love veggies (well some)
cauliflower, yellow squash, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, red pepper–all blanched (quick 1 minute dunk in boiling water)
jalapenos, shallots, garlic, sugar, white wine, coconut milk
THE FINISHED PRODUCT IS AMAZING. If you want the how to-email me.

extra pics for your enjoyment, simple and fancy pants ones

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Happy Eating. Ciao for now!!

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