February 8th, 2015


A Bloody Good Sicilian Feast

After several months of waiting impatiently for blood oranges to come into season and to get someone else to share the food with us, I finally had a chance to try some of the Sicilian cooking that I've been wanting to do. Which is to say, I spent half the day cooking.

The results were delectable. The Sicilian Blood Orange Duck turned out very well, and while it took some doing, was not much more trouble than any other duck recipe. It's reasonable for feast food, so I may well make that again someday. The Sicilian Blood Orange and Mozzarella Salad was tasty, and not all that difficult to make. That's useful if you want a fruit salad that is not too sweet. The Sicilian Blood Orange Soda Syrup -- and the Sicilian Lollipops we made out of it -- had a delicious, amazingly complex flavor, but required a tremendous amount of work for a very small yield. Very special occasion only; or if you're lucky enough to live in orange country and a friend brings you a boxful of oranges that you need to do something with quickly, oh heck yes. Also candying orange slices is harder than it looks if you want the blighted things to hold together like they're supposed to; I only got one to behave properly. Well, now I know why this stuff is typically restaurant food for celebrations. But it was sooooo good.

(I got the inspiration from the restaurant Home Sweet Sicily in Terramagne, and from some Sicilian cookbooks and recipes I looked up after that. I have no qualms about borrowing yummy ideas from other dimensions.)

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Poem: "Fragmented and Disconnected"

This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "curtainfic" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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