Be that as it may, my obsessions ARE many, so I will only touch on a few...
I am a pyro-ceramic glass nut (Old CorningWare), I love storing things in odd containers (ie. Cinnamon bark canisters with Sugar and Fleur de sel). I have 5 different implements for brewing coffee... Cause one cane NEVER have too much GOOD coffee. Don't get me started on the matcha bowl with bamboo whisk or Yixing tea pot and tea canister, specifically for Earl Grey.
See... I am a total obsessive food geek...
But the one thing that I obsess about the most is this.....
This is my cookbook. All scrawled with my chicken scratch. Only my most favorite recipes go in this book... HA HA, and if you have read my more recent blog posts, you will recognize this one...
Linguine alla Carbonara, Green bean Casserole from Scratch, Risotto alla Gorgonzola, Lasagna, Passion Fruit Cheesecake, Kibbeh, Aushak, and Pork Tenderloin in Huckleberry sauce are also in there, just to name a few.
Oh, I have recipes stashed everywhere as well. I have been collecting and printing stuff off the internet for 12 years... Sadly, most of what I collected in the beginning was simply cut and pasted into miscellaneous word documents, never knowing at the time that SOMEDAY I would be sitting here at 11:00pm writing a blog post about something I had collected 10 years ago. What isn't in the stack on the floor of the bedroom, is located on my Mac, or on a CD of stuff that was lifted from my PC before I left my previous company.
All this technology is fine and dandy. But there is something about creating a handwritten cookbook. The feel of the pages, the pen scratching across the surface leaving the marks of dinners past. It's just aesthetically pleasing to me. I find it extremely grounding to flip through the pages of this self created tome looking for a recipe instead of having my nose buried in my computer screen. In all honesty, this is part of the reason that my blog template looks the way they do... To give that same feeling of a very old book.
But I am obsessing on the cookbook and not it's contents..... Enough babbling....
Tonight I had scallops that were in desperate need of cooking. So I grabbed my trusty cookbook to look up a recipe I adore... It's from the movie No Reservations and it's absolutely divine.
I recommend Kashmir saffron, and not the Spanish.
Spanish Saffron is a little more bitter than Kashmir.
I cut this recipe WAY down, I have it written for 4-6 people in my cookbook depending on whether it's a starter of a main. This is the cut down version... For only 4 scallops, not 16
Lemon Pepper Seared Scallops in Saffron Sauce
Searing the Scallops:
2 TB AP Flour
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1/8 tsp Marjoram
1/4 tsp Thyme
Pinch of Coriander
1/2 TB Lemon Pepper
4-5 Sea Scallops, rinsed and drained
1 TB Olive oil
1 TB Flat Leaf parsley, Chopped fine
1 TB Lemon Juice
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, marjoram, thyme, coriander and lemon pepper.
Roll scallops in the flour mixture until lightly coated on all sides.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat
Add four scallops and sear on both sides (About 1 1/2 minutes for each side)
Remove scallops and place on a plate in a low oven to keep them warm until ready to serve.
Toss with parsley and lemon juice.
2 TB shallots, finely minced
1 Makrut (Kaffir or Wild) lime leaves, chiffonade fine
2 TB Pinot Grigio Frizzante - Although Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc is better
small pinch of Saffron Threads
1/2 TB Heavy Cream
3 TB unsalted COLD Butter, cut into 1/2 TB pieces
1/2 TB Fresh Lemon juice
Finely ground white pepper to taste
Fill a saucepan with water and set to simmer
In a heavy saucepan, combine shallots, lime leaves and white wine; reduce to 1/2 TB of liquid.
Add Saffron threads and heavy cream; Stir until desired color is reached. (bright yellow, not orange)
Strain into a clean stainless steal bowl, place bowl over simmering water.
Begin whisking in the butter one piece at a time, adding the next just before the previous one melts completely; do not stop whisking or the emulsion might break.
Also, work with the simmering water, you may not need to leave it there, just keep placing it over as the sauce cools from the cold butter, then remove again once the sauce is re-warmed.
After all the butter has been incorporated, add the lemon juice and the salt and pepper.