Truffle Atop Poached Egg and Wild Asparagus Risotto

IMG_5711What an evening of taste bud surprises! WOW.

We took an evening tram to meet my son’s friends at a café.  Because it was the night before the Easter Holiday, every seat was taken. Quite a wait for a table. Everyone celebrating being off the next workday.

Bummer-  BUT  When the friends arrived they had a discussion for an alternate plan.  Wow, did I ever luck out that the café was full.  One went to procure a  bottle of red.

The first delight was I’s Sour Cherry apéritif which he’d made.  At first,  I was worried it might burn but my concerns were totally unfounded.  In fact, the drink defined summer captured in a slim crystal cylinder.  All I can say it the ruby liquid of summer’s sour cherries woke up every taste bud in my mouth.  Delicious.  Not to sweet, not too tart, zero burn. Perfection!

And then the surprise of M’s creation- Poached egg on fresh bread with the fruitiest most fragrant olive oil drizzle AND the unexpected luxurious truffle on top of the gently poached farm egg.  Or “home eggs” as my family refers to them.

I was feeling quite content with all I had eaten. Italian cheese and olives to start and then the Sour Cherry apéritif and the lovely truffle surprise.   And then the Wild Asparagus Risotto was ready to eat.  Freshly Grated Cheese on top. Oh my.  So bold.  It was wild! A flavor I’dd never before experienced,  created by a culinary expert.

I was happy to meet my son’s friends and be invited into a Zagreb home to experience  these tastes and more importantly their friendship and hospitality.

Sretan Uskrs and Hvala for a wonderful evening in Zagreb.

IMG_5711 iPhone photos don’t do justice to this dish.

 

 

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The wild asparagus simmers

 

 

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Words are inadequate to describe this bold Wild Asparagus Risotto. WOW!

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Unexpected Cooking Class Wednesday Night

I received a text this afternoon, asking if I’d partner with a friend at cooking class tonight.

Something about March Madness and a sick friend –  they couldn’t attend. I was happy to fill in, third string.

Sure, I said.  I’ll go.  She picked me up around 5:45 and off we went.

My friend Barb took her own canvas bag of supplies including a bottle of dishwashing liquid-  heavy duty oven gloves.  She even brought a garbage bowl.

We were all set, slicing and dicing and preparing the recipes just as Executive Sous Chef Stephen V instructed us.

There were tables throughout the high school culinary class, each filled with two teams of two.

Here is our instructor for the class.  Chef Stephen also is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute- Pittsburgh.

Chef Stephen

Chef Stephen Varela

Executive Sous Chef
Fox Chapel Golf Club

(I asked if it would be okay to take a few photographs and Chef Stephen consented. Thank you)

slicing pears

Barbara cut the pears for the salad.  She added some Hearts of Palm as well.

charred red pepper

Charred red pepper for the Pita Bread Individual Pizzas with Pesto or Hummus and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze

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The side salad

Mixed Spring Greens with diced pear, artichokes, and oven toasted croutons with a poppy seed dressing. I was able to bring some home in a contaner (yes, my friend was prepared with empty containers) for school lunch tomrrow.

Friends at Cooking Class

Thanks for a fun evening Barb -on the right.  Me in the Zagreb,Croatia apron.

And on the way out we peeked in next door to see the Crochet Class.  At first I thought it was knitting. Everyone was so nice.

Just Hours Left to Support Superior Motors Community Restaurant and Farm Ecosystem

http://kck.st/189WnyE  click the KICKSTARTER link to get the latest update.

Upped my pledge and watched the numbers change!  Great idea Jen S.

11:06 update Sunday night

1,426backers
$234,358 pledged of $250,000 goal
24 hours to go

p.s. 10:51 update Sunday night– I  have to go to bed to get up for school   Looks like it is going to be “a go” for sure.  Very exciting.

1,408 backers
$232,558 pledged of $250,000 goal
25 hours to go

7:05 PM update Sunday night

1,139 backers
$206,883 pledged of $250,000 goal
28 hours to go

Thanks to my former colleague Jane McK – the one who initially shared a link about this project.

The 1000 donor mark was reached this afternoon.

The clock is ticking down but pledges have increased as of today.  People want to be a part of something positive.  Although my pledge was modest, I thought that blogging about the incredible effort being made would be another way to contribute.

I received a message from the KICKSTARTER update about using whatever networks you have to get the word out.  I’d posted the request on FB a couple of times.  Then I thought, BLOG IT!

I know even blog readers in South Africa, Australia, the UK and  Croatia will cheer Chef Sousa on in spirit and hope his goal is reached by midnight tomorrow night.   No bank will lend the money necessary due to the location!

Trying to reach the $250,000 goal for the

Superior Motors: Community Restaurant & Farm Ecosystem

and getting close.  There’s a deadline!  11:59 PM Monday January 6th

It will mean a lot to the Braddock community to have Chef Kevin Sousa’s restaurant supported and launched.

What Kevin posted earlier this afternoon

“We are humbled and proud to announce the support of Rob Stephany of The Heinz Endowments who has graciously committed $40,000 towards the job training facet of Superior Motors if we are able to reach our fundraising goal of $250,000. Therefore, if successful, we would have nearly $300,000 to put towards the project with an extra $40,000 committed expressly to training young people to work in the culinary arts.

“Rob is a living, working legend in economic development. To have his support is beyond humbling. Kevin and I are incredibly honored and grateful.” – Mayor John Fetterman

Superior Motors also recently secured a prominent mention in one of the premier food publications in the nation, Food & Wine Magazine.”  click Build a Restaurant Revive a Town

Here’s the KICKSTARTER link

And a sample from the KICKSTARTER site- pledge amount with what you will receive in return for your pledge

Pledge $100 or more 89 backers    (Long-Distance Supporter)
Limited edition Braddock T-shirt “Build it Back up” on the front “Rebuilding 15104” on the back, designed by Braddock Youth Project + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Mathew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

or

FLY in for this one

“Pledge $3,000 or more    1 backer

Dinner at home with Kevin Sousa. Chef Sousa will prepare a custom designed tasting menu for you and up to three guests in the convenience of your own home (only available in greater Pittsburgh area). We take care of everything including clean up + Signed and numbered 11×14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman’s Braddock Gallery delivered to you+ Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

Estimated delivery: Apr 2014″
 

When Ann’s son, Aaron Myers had an art show at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace across the parking lot, I took this photograph.  You can see the words MOTOR CO. on the brick building on the left.  That’s the location of the Superior Motors Community Restaurant.

Superior Motors Braddock

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