I want to share that my friend Morgan has set up a "blind date" for me on the 12th of February (which I refuse to call a Valentines date), I had been declining her offer for a while, but she insists he is "smart" and that caught my attention, how refreshing to hear there exist intelligent men in Florida (no offense), it seemed guys here just like sports and sport bars. I'm still hesitant, but am now committed, she's already set it up. For the first time ever I don't expect anything great to happen with a guy, don't have big dreams of a whirlwind love affair, I think I'm more nervous that maybe somewhere inside I want to remain single, so I don't have to say goodbye when I'm ready to begin my travels. I won't worry about that now, all I can do is be honest and hope things just fall into place.
Ok, ok, sorry I bored you with that let me say a few things on the two recipes I am going to give you for your special Valentines dinner. I've decided that the best match for the ossobuco is polenta for two reasons the first being it's simple to prepare, simple is important that day because you'll be nervous about your date or about impressing your date and you want to get it right. The second is, the wonderfully smooth texture of the polenta mingles well with the ossobuco, imagine slicing into the polenta with your fork, then into the ossobuco, then putting both in your mouth simultaneously, the mixture of savory polenta and robust ossobuco on your pallate will make you moan in delight and as I said before "fall in love".
The next recipe will be a dessert called "zabaglione", no, it's not chocolate! I'm personally a bit tired of the old chocolate on Valentines theme, this is just as good and believe me, very, very romantic. Zabaglione is a light custard, but it's not boring, once you take a bite your hooked by the creamy, sweet taste heightened by the marsala wine, terribly good and it will certainly enchant your guest served over the favorite fruit of Valentines: strawberries. Below find the recipe for Mushroom and Gorgonzola polenta and Zabaglione, take your time, put love into your food (it makes a difference), don't be affraid and again FALL IN LOVE! HAPPY VALENTINES!
MUSHROOM AND GORGONZOLA POLENTA
2 teaspoons chopped shallots
1 tablespoon of butter
3 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of cornmeal
6 oz sliced mushrooms
3 oz gorgonzola cheese
Saute the shallots and mushrooms in butter, set aside. Bring the stock to a boil, season, add the cornmeal in a steady stream while stirring constantly, continue stirring while it cooks until it starts coming off the side of pan. Now stir in the mushroom and half of the gorgonzola, pour it into a baking dish, spaced evenly. cool it so it can firm up. Sprinkle the rest of the gorgonzola on top and bake it at 375 until it's golden.
ZABAGLIONE WITH STRAWBERRIES
6 egg yolks
4 tablespoons of sugar