People who know Marion, know that she always takes a “relax, rest and regain energy” holiday every year. And she really needs these holidays. So I will guide her tomorrow to airport where she will take a plane to Hawaii.
People often ask why I don’t go along with her. I have been once with her on such a holiday (not Hawaii, but to Greece). Although I understand that Marion really needs this, it is not my kind of holiday. And maybe even more important, I so want her to have this time for her own… even when I will miss her badly.
Marion asked me to make something nice for dinner. So we could enjoy it together. I did go for something I never made before… ostrich steak….
The ostrich steak I baked medium done. Learned some new things when talking to Miranda on the phone. Only salt the steak before baking. Pepper will burn during the baking. If you like pepper, add it after the baking. And never use a fork to turn the meat. Use something that doesn’t damage the meat.
A sauce made of very fine cut champignons, cut shallot, dry white wine, bouillon, tomato paste, moist sugar, parsley, tarragon, pepper, salt and a little butter was cast over the meat. Just a little, not too much!!!
As vegetables sugar snaps were added. Just boiled for 8 minutes with a little salt, so they keep their bite.
A mixture of normal champignons, chestnut champignons and shi-take mushrooms (cut in big pieces) where mixed with rice oil, garlic, salt, pepper,
The pommes parisiennes rested in a marinade of olive oil with garlic, union, paprika powder, tomato, pepper, salt and parsley
Both the mushrooms and pommes parisiennes were placed in big ovenproof dish. At a temperature 200 degrees Celsius the disk stayed for 20 minutes in the oven.
The dish was decorated with cooked chestnuts, dried plums and slices cucumber. Also a little apple purée was served on the dish.
The dinner was wonderful. I think it really tasted well and I know Marion also loved it. She told me more then once.
Marion is now taking a shower while I type this. I hope for a very nice and romantic rest of the night….