Sunday, October 24, 2004

IMBB? #9: Layers and Layers! Foie Gras Terrine Burger

Time is a no-go area for me at the moment. It's just not available somehow. Don't know why, but it's a fact. Still, I can't bear the idea of not being in on this IMBB?, as already mentioned, hosted by Derrick of An Obsession with Food. Afterall, IMBB? was one of the main reasons I joined in on the blogging thing. So I'm doing a cheats version this time round - I actually made this dish about a year ago for a dinner I did for my Dad and stepmom's bridge club and on looking through my folder of digital photos, this sprang out - and you know, it may not be a layered terrine, but it's a terrine and I layered it Big Mac stylie, so I thought I could convince myself that it fit the theme of Terrine: Layers and Layers! in a decent way!

The components are actually very classic, I just put them together in a not so classical manner. The foie gras terrine I got from a Danish cookbook called Svinkløv Badehotel. The bread part is a brioche from a Danish food magazine and then I did sweet pickled yellow tomatoes and a tomato marmalade for garnish - and as you can tell from the picture, it was served with lamb's lettuce as well.

So I'm gonna cheat even more and just give you links to a foie gras recipe and a brioche recipe - not tried and tested by me - again, apologies for my laziness, but biochemistry is screaming at me! As for the tomato marmalade, I'll be a good girl and give you that - it's an adaptation of a tomato and chili jam from Peter Gordon's The Sugar Club Cookbook:

500 g. very ripe tomatoes, washed
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
300 g. golden caster sugar (I actually used half muscovado)
50 ml. red wine vinegar
50 ml. sherry vinegar

Blend half the tomatoes and the garlic to a fine purée in a blender. Don't strain this, as the seeds provide the pectin that will make the jam set (which mine didn't do exactly, but still) Put the purée, sugar and vinegars in a deep pot and bring to the boil slowly, stirring all the time. When it reaches boiling point, turn to a gentle simmer and add the remaining tomatoes, which you have cut into 5 mm dice, seeds, skin and all. Skim off foam and cook gently for 30-40 minutes , stirring every 5 minutes to release the solids that settle on the bottom. Also, be sure to scrape the sides of the pot during cooking, so everything cooks evenly.
When it's done, pour into warmed glass jars and allow to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge or a cold larder for later use.

Mine actually got a little on the too sweet side (Does a thing like that even exist??) so feel free to juggle it around!

For the pickled tomatoes:

500 g. tomatoes (I used small yellow ones)
1/4 dl sugar
1 dl vinegar (I used half elderflower vinegar and half plain white vinegar)
1 dl water
1 vanilla bean

Put everything but the tomatoes in a pot and bring to the boil. Pierce the tomatoes with a cake taster or something of the like, then add to the "syrup" and boil for 3-5 minutes. Store in a glass jar.

(And please, please, if you feel like trying any of this and found this too hastily blogged and you're full of questions - comment me, and I'll try and answer as soon as possible!)

Now lemme see yours - I actually found this theme a bit hard on the imagination and research front! But I'm still in on the next one!


Cathy said...

Hi Zarah Maria - your entry is beautiful! The tomato jam sounds delicious too. This was definitely a difficult IMBB - I struggled with it too. Good luck with your studies!!

Anne said...

Oooh, yet another Scandinavian food blogger! :) I hang out at Nigella's Kitchen too, and I found the Oslo Foodie as well - I'm fairly new to the concept of food blogging but have been happily reading archives for the past month. I just started my own - it's very very young, but I hope to be at it for a long time :)

Anne in Sweden

Zarah Maria said...

Yay Anne! We're fast becoming an entire community of Scandinavian foodbloggers! We'll have to do a gathering some time - even though we're all so close, I must ashamedly admit I've never been to either Stockholm or Oslo - I'm a bad girl! Just took a peek at your blog - keep it up, looks great! I'll snoop around regularly for sure!

Zarah Maria said...

Cathy, thanks for the encouragement! Hope the next IMBB? is not gonna be as difficult to conjure something up for - on the other hand, it is quite nice to be challenged every now and again, don't you think?