Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jan 18, 2011: parfait, chocolate butter & cranberry cake

Chicken liver and smoked sausage parfait with spicy potatoes
Today's Food Diary
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana and linseed
Lunch: Chicken liver and smoked sausage parfait with spicy potatoes
Dinner: Tomato and roasted capsicum soup with sourdough toast
Baking/sweets: negligible, almost nothing

The chicken liver and smoked sausage parfait was absolutely delicious, fantastic combination of flavours. I hate to brag, I really do, but I really liked this parfait.

It was a low fat version using oil and milk instead of butter and cream. I haven’t tried parfait made with butter and cream and I can imagine the taste, as well as strain on my arteries! My recipe uses lightly smoked sausage which might partially impart flavours similar to cream and butter. The sausage I used had potato as one of the fillers and this made the parfait creamer, both in terms of taste and texture. You may not get the same result if you use sausage with higher meat content.

Parfait is usually finished off by blitzing to make it silky smooth, cooling, placing in ramekins, topping with butter, refrigerating, waiting and then eating. Too many steps involved after the parfait is cooked, I skipped these steps and took the quicker and shorter pot-to-plate route. I wasn’t going to wait and was quite happy to avoid the extra artery clogging buttering process. And warm parfait is very tasty.

Today's Favourite Blog
A recipe for chocolate butter! Russian Season is my favourite today not for the chocolate butter recipe but the story. Chocolate butter is one of Russian Season's childhood treats. Flavours from our childhood remain with us for a long time, perhaps forever! Sometimes it is something really simple but eating certain foods brings back memories, transporting us back in time. For me eating chocolate caramel slice will bring back memories from NZ, drinking vodka brings memories from CIS countries and eating foie gras ice cream brings back a more recent memory. And then there are some not so good memories. The power of food and drinks. Choose carefully what you eat and drink, and with whom, the food will go through but memories may remain forever!

What food brings back memories for you?

Today's Favourite Photo
Orange cranberry pound cake


  1. I love your idea of tracking the foods that you eat. I'm sure that helps you feel more mindful in what you're eating!! Beautiful pics, too.

  2. That orange cranberry cakes looks mouth watering! New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  3. Lindsay: thanks for the compliments. And yes tracking does make me more mindful of what I eat
    Mary: thank you for visiting, I love your site as well, nice recipes