A process more than a recipe.
I bought some really lovely salmon and decided to make tartar with some of it and had no intention of posting about it, but then I took some nice pictures and here we are recorded for posterity.
It’s based on the recipe from Thomas Kellers’ Bouchon cookbook, my reference for most things “French Bistro”. I have not tried a disappointing preparation from this book yet and I’ve tried many (quiche, Parisian gnocchi, Boeuf bourguignon, soups …)
The first step, chopping the fish is the most important and most time consuming of this whole simple dish. Chill the salmon, really well and then using a very sharp knife mince it by hand. This results in the best texture. Mincing it in a food processor is really not an option and will only make for a salmon paste. Not good for tartar.
I seasoned the fish with salt and pepper. Then tossed in some minced shallots, chives and mixed in a few drizzles of olive oil. I used a ring mold to plate the salmon in the middle of the plate.
Garnishes are strewn around made from hard-cooked eggs chopped very small, chives, red onions and capers.
A lightly whipped scoop of creme fraiche goes on top for a luxurious texture and a little acidic freshness. Lastly I squeezed a few drops of lemon juice all over the fish. We enjoyed it with toasted home-baked bread and a glass of white wine for a light satisfying lunch.
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It’s one of those movies that i was immediately skeptical of. Mostly told via laptop screens, text messages, monitoring cameras, news broadcasts,…but it really captured my attention because it is well done, the characters are not dumb and I had no clue where it was going next.
It’s a nice movie. Sweet, but so very predictable.
Set in the 17th century Japan this is a horrifying and brutal film about faith. Two Jesuit priests go looking for a missing mentor. He, along with many others, are missionaries trying to spread Catholicism in Japan. Not an easy task and the response from the authorities there is very determined and violent. The two, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, go on the terrible journey, smuggled in, hide for months on end protected by villagers who are “believers”. They witness first hand how strong these people’s faith is, they also experience betrayal and a whole lot of pain. Faith and religion change when they propagate and spread. They get hybridized and blended. One character named Kichijiro is a fascinating example of a Catholic who seems to have taken the power of confession to the extreme. How many times can one do horrible things, betray his people and then get the slate wiped clean by confession? Many times it seems. This is supposed to be based on a true story and is really one of Scorsese’s most personal films it feels. The struggle of balancing the guilt with faith and hoping that there is a God out there who is listening (in this case a Christian God) is a theme in his films. Here, it is front and center. It’s not a fun movie to watch but it is an excellent one.
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looks great of course, the acting is tremendous and the film is beautifully crafted. This one felt a bit cold, keeping emotions at bay or just under the surface. The story is about a fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his latest model/muse. She is an agent of disruption into his otherwise precise, orderly world, a world filled with women. He has his sister who never married and runs his fashion house. The memory of his beloved mother who was his original inspiration and mentor. His numerous clients who count on him to dress them in the loveliest of custom made dresses. Enter Alma who is soft spoken, pretty and strong-willed. The interplay between the two and the slow, methodical and at times crazy dynamic keeps this beautiful film humming.