Well Happy September Great Smokey Cookies and here's to your Tuesday, and from Mine!
So it's hotter than jalapenos here, and yet I'm not complaining and just love all this wonderful vast sunshine that New England has had as of lately!
Last night I took these baby octopuses, (aren't they just so downright ADORABLE)???
And I mopped them through Dijon mustard,
And then made this dry rub of black & tan sesame seeds, celery seed, black pepper, herbs de Provence, and dehydrated garlic flakes..and blue Persian sea salt!
And that wasn't enough, and so I made another batch!
And I coated my lovely cephalopods with this mixture, as to cure overnight!
That went into the fridge and had sweet dreams as did I!
Today they looked so tender, succulent and ready to be smoked!
Using what you all refer to as an "ECP" smoker, which happens to be an old, teeny, gas smoker that has allowed me to whip up some very magical and healthful meals; (smiles), and with pistachio shells as smoking chips, (a trick that Knuckle47 on this site has taught me well), I smoked these on high heat, for 15 minutes.
I had them in a perforated "grill dish" that I first wiped with grapeseed oil, as to prevent sticking...
They looked so damn tasty, and right off the smoker, and yet I only gobbled up ONE and practiced restraint as to plate...
Dijon mustard is in the tomato (for sipping pastrami creatures in there) and I ate the inside of the tomato or else it would have been used on the salad - nothing wasted in this house - none!
Peppery, savory, and healthful even too, this tasted SO MUCH like pastrami, that if I had a delicatessen, this is the version that I'd serve!
I paired this with dry Gavi, (white Italian wine), but it could have been just as lovely with Barolo too - due to the savory texture and depth of the dish!
My salad was arugula, and my dressing was red sea salt, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and Greek olive oil - 1 tablespoon vinegar and 6 tablespoons oil - PURRRRFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This had texture and sass and peppercorn essence and just a wonderful surge of flavor, if I may be so very humble, modest and shy! Smiles.
Yes thank you for sharing in my start to September! May this be the best month so far, and for all!
Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!! - Leah
Edited by Leah Elisheva - 9/2/14 at 2:12pm