Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Prague Cemetery

Here is a fantastically interesting interview with Umberto Eco about his latest novel, Prague Cemetery. I am dying to read it--though it sounds pretty grim.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Bresaola

I walked up to the deli counter at Wegmans this evening--always an exciting activity--I eagerly looked over the case to see what was new. As I looked at the delectable freshly sliced bacon my eye fell on an odd looking few slices arranged on a nearby platter.



I asked the man, "What is that?!" I was afraid that they were highlighting blood sausage for the holidays, or something similar. The man behind the counter said, "That's bresaola. It's like prosciutto, but it's beef." At $19.99 a pound I wasn't about to pounce, but then he offered me a slice... and my world will not be the same. It is heaven for meat eaters! I am hooked. It is one of the best things I have ever had in my mouth.


Note that, of course, Jamie Oliver has a wonderful looking peach bresaola salad and here's a brief description. 

I love this quotation, Italian Bresaola "is moist and delicate, and completely unlike the salty and slightly leathery domestic versions, or the dryish Swiss bundnerfliesch that Americans have had to make do with for so long... It has an intriguing, musty bouquet. And unlike prosciutto, bresaola is utterly lean, with no discernible striations of fat. When sliced paper-thin, it is almost translucent."

I think that is what really is so amazingly compelling about bresaola. Besides the wonderful taste--it is so gorgeous. It is like eating beef stained glass. It makes me want to create art project meals. And that's all I will say about it.