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New Orleans Restaurants- My review of Annunciation

Californian Sunshine in a glass

Californian Sunshine in a glass

Out of the blue I received an email asking would I like to go to New Orleans. So one week later I was touching down in the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans.

The whole heat- humidity- city is another post, but this is about my last meal, so to speak. A very good friend, had asked another good friend, for recommendations on eating in NOLA.  Annunciation, in the Warehouse District appealed to me, so off I headed.  I’ll say one thing for American hospitality, they do it in buckets.

The bar in Annunciation

The bar in Annunciation

The welcome was genuine, with no awkwardness for being by myself.  I wanted to try an American wine, no point travelling all the way from Europe and having a European wine.  The first course of Fried Oysters, Brie and Spinach was as good as advertised, and like nothing I’d had before.  The oysters saltiness came through the dish and cut the creaminess of the brie.

Fried Oysters with Brie and Spinach

Fried Oysters with Brie and Spinach

The picture, to be clear, doesn’t do it justice! I struggled to choose between a number of entrée dishes offered.  And in the end it came down to a choice between two rose veal dishes.  The chosen one had a number of elements that I love, asparagus, bearnaise sauce and escalope of veal.

Veal Oyster

Veal Oyster (and none in sight!)

I have to admit, I didn’t manage to finish the main course, but I really wanted to try the dessert.  I would have quite happily tried any of them. But the one that was suggested by my server was the winner.

Dessert= perfection in a glass.

Dessert= perfection in a glass.

Butterscotch mousse, with salted caramel and whipped cream.  It sounds heavy, but it was light as a feather, and I definitely managed to finish it!

The whole meal from start to finish was excellent, not overly priced, and I was surprised that the room wasn’t packed.  If you are heading to this eclectic city try this restaurant.  Do it, you won’t regret it.

 

Better late than never

As you know, I love food history, and reading about food history, but last night I got so wrapped up in reading about Pancake tuesday that it was Ash Wednesday before I saw it was FAR too late to start a blogpost.  So.  Tonight it is.

The earliest mentions of pancakes being eaten regularly the day before Lent is in the 15th Century, these “pancakes” were thicker than our modern nod to the French crepe.  It was around the 18th Century that the pancakes became thinner, under the influence of French cooking, that was becoming popular at the time.

Woman Baking Pancakes Adriaan de Lelie, picture c/o Rijks museum c. 1790 - c. 1810

Woman Baking Pancakes
Adriaan de Lelie, picture c/o Rijks museum c. 1790 – c. 1810

The ingredients involved in the pancake making represented four pillars of the Christian faith — eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.  The term “shrove” comes from an old English verb “shrive,” meaning “confess all sins,” it was seen as the last opportunity for religious observers to indulge themselves before giving up food for Lent. Pancakes were adopted as the Shrove Tuesday food of choice because they contain many of the things that were forbidden during Lent, including butter, fat and eggs.  Often the first three pancakes  would be marked with the sign of the cross then sprinkled with salt to ward off evil.  These would then be set aside.  The eldest unmarried girl in the family would be let toss the first pancake.  Success meaning she would be married within the year.

What was interesting to me was the similar “day” elsewhere in the world. In Finland the day is called laskiainen and is generally celebrated by eating green pea soup and a pastry called laskiaispulla (sweet bread filled with whipped cream and jam or almond paste).

Pea soup, and cream filled buns

Pea soup, and cream filled buns

And in Iceland the day is known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) and is marked by eating salted meat and peas! Think I will stick to the pancakes!

What pancakes did I make yesterday?  Only one type for a change.  Salted caramel ones.  Divine.  Seriously.

Tuesday 17 Feb 010