We had a very enjoyable evening with our friends and an excellent dinner. Our main course was beef steak done on the barbecue, the cut was a beef tri tip which didn't register with me or my friends, but a very good piece of meat and beautifully cooked. I have just found this article about the cut, I must see if there is anywhere I can buy it locally. With it we had a salad which had an Egyptian dressing of olive oil, lemon and mint. The dressing had been made up specially for our hostess by a restaurateur. We also had baked buttered asparagus, baked mushrooms in garlic and butter, mashed potatoes, a relish tray, in fact a stack of food. Having eaten all of that, we turned out the lights and ate Brie, Havarti and other cheeses with assorted crackers. Matt went nutty on a rosemary flavoured cracker and has brought the packet home to see if he can find them. If not I will have to nag my friend in to buying me some.
Our host is Romanian and last night he introduced me to the Romanian plum brandy which is called Tuica. His mother had brought him some when she came to visit. I was enjoying it, maybe a little too much. Matt couldn't try it because he was driving. The Tuica we were drinking was virtually colourless and we certainly didn't drink it in such large quantities as shown in the picture. Apparently a lot of Romanians distill their own Tuica although the government has cracked down on this somewhat I'm told. We also drank some wine, starting with a Barefoot Shiraz which was one Matt bought and we hadn't tried before which I enjoyed, but Matt thought wasn't full bodied enough. We didn't leave there til pretty late and got home around 2 a.m.
Another recipe I got from a friend and don't know the source. Sounds pretty good though.
"Drunken" Pork Chops
4 1 /2‑inch‑thick center‑cut pork chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1‑1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons paprika
1 /2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup canned low‑salt chicken broth
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Apparently pork is one of the most widely eaten meats in Romania I was told last night.
Have a great day.