Our Daily Dinner

Our Daily Dinner

September 1, 2010

Too Hot to Cook? Get out of the
Kitchen and into Beef Carpaccio.

In restaurant jargon there is an expression: “If it’s too hot in the kitchen, get out.” Meaning, if you can’t work in a professional kitchen, it’s not for you. After days of sweltering heat, that’s exactly how I felt. I got out of the kitchen and into Beef Carpaccio. However, beef carpaccio cannot be bought at the spur of the moment because the beef has to be frozen first, thinly sliced, and brought up to room temperature. Ottomanelli had my order ready the next day.


Beef Carpaccio with Pecorino Gran Cru
Small grape tomatoes
Thyme-cured, pitted green olives
French dried figs
Wedge of Fontina
Wine: Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina
Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia

I lightly brushed the paper thin beef slices with olive oil, added a touch of lemon juice, shaved Pecorino Gran Cu over it, and wrapped the whole thing over the Grissini. Since George doesn’t care for Grissini, I rolled his carpaccio into small packages and secured them with toothpicks. I placed these on a long platter, together with the tiny tomatoes, green olives, French figs, and wedges of cheese.

“Looks great,” said George.

Tasted even better.

Don't ask me to pronouce the name of this libation. But, this exuberant, youthful Basque wine, with a light spritz, added to the enjoyment of this perfect hot weather meal.


betty said...

Hot days, cold days, any day at all. BHF

Our Daily Dinner said...


Don't quite know what you mean. Please explain.

Robert said...

I had to look up grissini and, like discovering I've spoken prose all my life, I learned that grissini are those dreaded bread sticks that disappoint because they're a poor substitute for bread. I agree with George on this one.

Our Daily Dinner said...


We did have bread in addition to the grissini. We always have bread.
Give grissini another chance. They are no substitute for bread, of course, but they are fun. Good for dipping into hummus.