Monday, 17 September 2012

Road test ...

Number three for the Rapsani 2009 ...

I scraped enough loose change together from my pockets, raided juniors purse, and after checking down the back of the sofa - Invested in another bottle of the Rapsani 2009 ...

Actually I already had one, but putting the coins into Junior's new purse as a kind of penance is fun. Later there will be a 'WOW - LOOK' as the coins have appeared overnight.

Ordered to the kitchen to cook - which i love doing anyway, I already had an idea in mind, on my shopping expedition on Saturday.

A couple of chicken breasts beaten to within a few millimeters of their life. Sliced mozzarella, and sundried tomatoes inserted. Rolled in cling film, until appearing like a white sausage. Poached in boiling water for five minutes until sealed, then unwrapped and carefully sauteed in butter in a frying pan, until bronzed.

I had bought some smoked garlic, two hefty cloves, grated, chopped and mashed with salt until a paste (Still not owning a Mortar and Pestle or a Rolling pin despite the trips to IKEA) Added to soft unsalted butter, chopped fresh dill. Mashed together made a lovely Garlic butter. Half a fresh 'baguetta' left from the morning, sliced, and filled with the Garlic butter, wrapped in tinfoil.

The sauteed chicken breasts and tinfoil wrapped baguetta, into the oven for 10 minutes ...

Torn salad leaves, washed, the leftover mozzarella diced, a few sun dried tomatoes chopped, and mixed together with the herbed oil from their jar as a dressing.

Some freshly ground salt and pepper, and as Gordon Ramsey would say - Italian chicken, with a Campania summer salad - Done! ...

Now there are strong flavours here, and the mighty Rapsani, handled them well, too well actually, and it called for another glass. Smoked garlic in butter is heaven - and no doubt, everyone will be appreciating it today on my travels.

The only problem is that once the jar of Sun dried tomatoes is open, they do not keep well. Its not a problem with the product, its that SWMBO can sense this on the radar, and eats them like sweets. Thats how the jar bought on Saturday, came to become a dressing for salad a day later.

In fact, I am very lucky to have been left any at all ...

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