Tonight I had the opportunity to introduce my mother to the wonderful world of Goslings. It was a smashing success, and we checked out this one recipe for a mixed drink that looked promising, called "Chocolate Gatail"...
1 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
1/4 oz Dark Rum (that would be the Goslings, of course)
1/2 oz Whipping Cream
Shake and sttrain into a champagne saucer. Sprinkle with grated nutmeg and serve.
We had all of the ingredients exceot the Irish Cream and the whipping cream. For the latter, I substituted half-and-half. For the former, I had a brainstorm and melted some dulce de leche ice cream, and mixed it into the concoction. My mother termed it "boite au chocolat."
Some of my birthday money cleared a few days ago, and I went shopping. There is a big difference in the way that I shop now and the way I used to. Before, I would get pre-prepared or easy-to-prepare foods, and now I get ingredients. The effect is that I get more out of the money I spend, which is an extremely positive aspect of the whole thing. I am also less likely to eat food because it's there (I'm not a compulsive eater, but I won't deny that sometimes I eat just to eat).
Last night, I made a spinach fettucini dish. The details are unimportant (it involved peppers, Locatelli Romano, oregano, garlic and other spices, extra virgin olive oil, ricotta cheese and some other stuff), and in truth, it wasn't that intricate or difficult a recipe... but what is really cool about it is that when I was done with it, it tasted exactly like what I was hoping it would. And that was a pretty nice experience.
This is some pretty cool news... Jay Cohen, my cinematographer, was camera operator on the film Malevolence, which opened today (check the link for locations).