Monday, August 24, 2009

Quatre-Epices (Page 931)

RECIPE #1013

  • Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009 -- 7pm
  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • Kitchen: My New Apartment!
  • Dining Companion: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: B-

We were home for one evening between our trip to California and leaving for Michigan. I wanted to cook, but it was essential for dinner to be quick and require only cookware which had already been unpacked at my new place. This recipe fit the bill. I ground white peppercorns, whole nutmeg, and cloves in a spice grinder until finely ground. Then I stirred in ground ginger. That was it! This was certainly one of the simpler recipes in The Book. It's hard to grade such a thing, of course, since it is not meant to be eaten by the spoonful. Rather quatre-epices is a traditional seasoning for pates and sausages. So in order to enjoy and grade this recipe I threw together some quick sausage, which I seasoned only with this spice mix and some salt. The spicing was certainly appropriate for sausage, but I had one complaint -- this mix was much too heavy-handed with the ground ginger. I love ginger, but ground dried ginger has a distinct flavor to it, which in large quantities is not so delicious. In this case the ginger was so pronounced that it completely drowned out the flavor of the cloves (an impressive feat really). With half as much ginger in the mix I think I would have enjoyed the sausage much more.

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What a day! After a fitful night of sleep last night, today my special gentleman and I put an offer on a house! We intially put an offer on a house about five months ago now, but it was a short sale, and the owner's bank never agreed to forgive him the difference between our offer and his debt. In fact, the owner's bank apparently never even got around to looking at our offer. After four and a half months of waiting, we decided to surrender, and yesterday we started looking again. We went through several great houses, and after much deliberation (and a night of practically zero sleep) we decided to do the unthinkable: we put an offer on another short sale! We have our fingers crossed that this one won't include months and months of waiting for the owner's bank to reply. The house we put the offer on is gorgeous, and we are hopeful, but our offer was rather low compared to the assessed value of the house, so it seems like it might be a long shot. This house is also very different from what we thought we would buy (it's bigger and fancier than what we had envisioned for ourselves...), which is part of what kept us up last night. But in the light of day this morning we felt confident that we were making the right decision. And now we just wait...


mike hill said...

Another short sale?! You are crazy, girl. Crazy! What happened with that bigger house that was near your price range?

M and M said...

ooooooooooh, room for friends if we ever decide to visit E. Lansing! (Not likely, but the appeal is now that YOU are there!)

Teena said...

Mike: Yeah, we're crazy. Well, Matt liked that other house, but I didn't like it that much. We are still considering it though, if this short sale falls through (which is likely to happen).

Meghan: We will have plenty of room for visitors if we get this house! You guys are welcome anytime!