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Christmas dinner notes

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The jury is still out on dry-aging the roast. The roast was good, but I cooked it to 150º instead of my customary 145º to make it better for The Wife, and so by changing two variables it’s hard to know the contribution from each. I need to try dry-aging again and cook the roast to my usual temp.

However, our impressions: it was not so juicy as the past roasts, which you might expect from dry aging—but also could be an effect of the higher finishing temperature. The taste intensity was not, at least to us, noticeably different. It tasted fine, but we could not tell that it was more intense than the unaged roast. Of course, we don’t have roast so often that we have a timely comparison.

At any rate, it was good, but whether the dry-aging is worth it? Don’t know.

The freshly grated horseradish in the crème fraîche was wonderful: not too intense, not sweet, but just right. The potatoes, cooked like this (the second recipe), were wonderful. And I had bought a nice bottle of Barbera, a wine I like a lot.

We were so full that by the time dessert arrived—a cake shaped like a  handbag—we could do little more than stare at it with glazed eyes. It will have its turn, though. There’s much eating still to be done.

Molly was very attentive to all the food. She’s much more… participatory, let’s say, than Megs. But much of her attention was devoted to a plastic wrap, folded into a strip and then tied in a knot. She loves that toy: tossing it, pouncing on it, chasing it, hugging it, placing it on the table on one side of the centerpiece and then getting on the other side to lurk and pounce. She’s much larger but still, as The Wife says, 90% kitten.

Written by Leisureguy

26 December 2007 at 9:36 am

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Food, Molly

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  1. I woke up with the little plastic bag toy tucked under my cheek.

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    Anonymous

    26 December 2007 at 1:31 pm


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