Monday, February 12, 2007
Valentine's Day is gaining on us, and I'm trying to stay ahead of the voluptuous curve.
So today Cranky and I opened the bivalventines.
A little early, sure, but why delay the pleasure? I've been known to celebrate my birthday for an entire month; certainly I can worship Cupid for at least a week.
Therefore, a dozen Beausoleil oysters from Canada. Courtesy of my favorite butcher, Bryan. I have other butchers I adore, but Bryan is so all-purpose, even if he couldn't get me some pig ears. (I might have other sources.)
The special anointment, the fillip, the taste de resistance, was inspired by Ilva of Lucullian Delights. Ilva had made some blood orange-ginger jellies in the shape of hearts.
I thought: Why hasn't anyone ever served oysters with jellies? Maybe they have. But I like to believe I thought of this myself. Savory jellies with shucked raw oysters.
Go visit Ilva for her recipe. And then, keep in mind that for my version, I used no sugar, and added a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of cayenne.
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