It’s spring, and time for a Supper For The Promotion of Clericalism, in other words, no lay people allowed. I am in favor of clericalism… the way I define it. HERE
In less provocative terms, I’m having 7 priests over for supper tonight.
Because where I am used to be a diocesan seminary, but now houses the diocesan offices (the chancery), I decided to make a variation of my old standby spaghetti “al seminario” (which we got alot in my Roman seminary years). This version will be dubbed spaghetti “alla curia”, since in Italian a diocesan chancery is called a “curia”.
So, brown lots of beef. I got ground round at $3.99/lbs. I prepped it two in two batches. Generous ground pepper and a bit of salt.
I put the browned beef aside.
Then the onions (2 large Vidalia, also on sale) with a little bit of celery. Again, salt and pepper. Sweat them. I deglazed with a splash of vermouth.
Adding the tomatoes, 3 large cans of San Marzano (which a reader sent… these were the last).
Time to reduce. Ah…yes… there’s pepperoncino!
Okay, that was last night. Today I transferred the hot plate (aka my stove – thanks KA!) from the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue to the common area.
To finish, I added carrots (which made it “al seminario”) and peas and mushrooms (which makes it “alla curia”)
It will finish cooking at low heat. I’ll finish the plates with a dollop of panna (or the closest I could find, crème fraîche).
Some random shots during prep.
One of the options for after…
Partially set… that’s the menu on the wall. I took two awful secular pointless frames off the wall put these up.
It’ll be a bit of a tight squeeze, but I’ll slow the meal down to a civilized pace so we can get up and stretch.
In any event… the second course is roasted chicken and a salad mixed greens with a dressing of cherry tomatoes macerated in garlic, salt, first-press olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I have cigars and other things to kill off the espresso (thanks to Fr. JB). The evening was made possible entirely by you readers. I have used cooking items which you sent from the wish list and some of your donation money (please send more!). So, thanks a million to all of you.
More later, I hope.
T-minus 1.5 hours and counting!
UPDATE: 5 May 0406 GMT
I have photos … but… wreckage… stuff everywhere… glasses…. cats and dogs…. chaos.
But all the food was eaten or sent home.
The conversation ranged from insider baseball to the Ford GT.
You don’t see what is of off shot…
Part of the playlist:
I will share with you music for the clean up.