Tuesday, December 29, 2009

boccalone lard caramels. my reward.


i'm pretty punchy. it has been a couple of late nighters which is why many of you haven't seen me much on flickr, twitter, the blog, etc. etc. .....my brain energy for the last couple of days has been focused on finishing up a project for one of the execs.

while i am tired, i have been trying to take care of myself. since i've returned from philly, i've been doing late night cooking of large batches of things like super spicy roasted brussels sprouts, roasted delicata squash with dark sesame (an experiment that worked out nicely btw....just use dark sesame oil instead of olive oil when roasting), braised kale, and wild rice...

so that i have good and nourishing things on hand to throw together as leftovers or quickly add/modify them to make a different dish on the fly. yet, what did i reach for as soon as i sent my slide deck to the exec a few minutes ago?

i reached for the boccalone lard caramels from humphry slocombe.

you bet i saved them from my visit last week. i knew i was going to need a reward....something special to look forward to at the end of this project. i took my time with my reward.... wanting to savor the experience as much as possible.

when you open the bag....the aroma is definitely savory pork.

just to be clear, this is not a bad thing. it is a pretty great thing.

then i took a bite.....


the tender succulent
sweet n' savory caramel was lovely......similar to the duck fat pecan pie, you can taste the pork...and it is as if it was always meant to be there.

the melody of flavors also unexpectedly reminded me of childhood. there is this caramelized braised pork dish (thit kho) that i grew up with that was one of my favorite dishes.....its flavors are lovely melody of of sweet and savory....and is a dish you rarely see in restaurants but every family has a version of it. it is one of those dishes that is an epitome of comfort. i can't believe that i had forgotten about it. i almost started to weep and laugh at the same time.....from tiredness....yes....but also at amazement at how a single piece of well executed candy can elicit so many emotions through taste, flavor, and aroma.

amazing. just amazing.

so thank you humprhy slocombe....for yet another lovely treat.

i think it is time for a nap.

humphry slocombe, 2790 harrison street (at 24th), san francisco, ca 94110, + 1 415 550 6971, hours: seven days a week, 12pm to 9pm, cash only

1 comment:

Victoria said...

And thanks for sharing them!