MessyTendon wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:01 am
Why not enjoy the 37...port...don't tell your guests what you braised the shanks in...only later tell them, oh buy the way...we just ate a 37 port
Or you could do a port reduced Demi glace...freeze a portion of it and use it from time to time it should last awhile.
People get all sentimental about vintage wines, it's absurd, if you don't drink, cook something nice with it.
Yes I should put some in the fruit salad...Please explain what port reduced Demi glace is, sounds promising!
Don't know if you have ever heard from a German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, whe wrote an amazing novel about the temptation of a bottle, it is called the Devils elexir's. I do add a resume from a blogue about the novel:
How it all starts
The story starts with an introduction in which an anonymous writer tells that he will present us with a manuscript that has been hidden away in a monastery for decades. It contains the memoirs of the monk Medardus and the abbot of the monastery is very reluctant in handing them over. In his opinion the manuscript should have been burnt long ago.6 So there is dark romantic tension before the story really starts, and there are loads more of that to come.
Medardus starts the story of his life at the moment of his birth at a pilgrimage site. He never knew who his father was, but his mother told him that he came to the site to atone for his grave sins and died comforted and peaceful the moment his son was born. And old painter, who also happens to be at the site, urges his mother to let her son become a cleric because the boy has many great gifts but the sins of his father are boiling in his blood. He exclaims that “the boy is able to become a fighter for religion, let him become a monk!”7The young boy starts his studies of theology as soon as possible and the moment he is old enough he enters a monastery in the locality simply named B. He chooses the name Medardus and is developing into an ardent monk. But trouble is brewing…
Falling in love with an altarpiece
Medardus gets bestowed on him the honor to assist the elder brother Cyrillus in attending the relics that the monastery is housing. Cyrillus shows him a case that contains the one relic that is never displayed to the public. It contains one of the bottles of elixirs that the devil used in one of his many futile attempts to seduce Saint Antony.8 When some local nobility get a tour of the monastery things go wrong: Medardus shows them the relics and an attending nobleman immediately sets his eyes on the case containing the devils elixir. When Medardus tells the story, the count exclaims that he has never heard such humbug and that the case probably contains some fine Sicilian wine. Medardus cannot prevent the nobleman drinking from the bottle and confirming that it is indeed a fine wine. Medardus does not drink from the bottle himself, but the scent of the elixir is enough to get him out of balance. And when Medardus does decide to drink the bottle’s remaining content a few days later, a feeling of utmost wellbeing immediately fills his body.9
Not long after this Medardus starts acting crazy: he falls in love with a painting depicting the martyr’s death of the Holy Rosalia. He is sure that Rosalia is his lady lover. When a girl looking exactly like this Rosalia shows up in church to confess to Medardus the sin of being in love with a monk, Medardus loses it. He spends hours lying before the altar of Rosalia crying like a maniac. The abbot at long length decides it is better to send Medardus on a mission to Rome.10
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