Aphorisms from the Professor: Brillat-Savarin

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

sometimes I have a lot to say about my dinner!

Oh man, where do I even BEGIN with dinner tonight? I can take absolutely no credit for what went on in the kitchen. I came home from pilates and it took me several minutes to put together all the things my boyfriend had going on. So let's get started:

We got kohlrabi from our CSA this week, and neither my boyfriend or I had ever had it before. We read that kohlrabi can be enjoyed simply roasted with olive oil and salt, and we figured this would be the perfect way to experience it for the first time - with such a simple preparation, we would really get to taste it.

...and I am in love. I have read several different attempts to describe the flavor of kohlrabi, and these always involve some kind of combination of other veggies. For me kohlrabi is a combination of parsnip and brussel sprouts, which just happen to be two of my favorites. I'm very excited, because every place I read about kohlrabi suggests different kinds of preparations ranging from raw to steamed to barbecued. Given how much I loved the taste, it is exciting that it is also so versatile. I can't wait to get it again so we can try something different!

Next up, my boyfriend's experimentation with beer batter. When I walked in tonight I was greeted by the sight of my boyfriend making onion rings. When I asked why he was making onion rings, he replied "well, I made the batter for the trout, and you weren't home yet, so I decided to make onion rings"...naturally. stupid question.

The beer batter was SO GOOD! Do you want the recipe? Sure thing.

- 1 can of beer
- 1 and 1/2 cups of flour
- and...that's it!

Okay, so my boyfriend also added smoked paprika, but that contributed to flavor and had nothing to do with how delightfully crispy and airy that batter was. I swear, these onion rings were PERFECT.

Last thing that needs to be mentioned is my boyfriend's homemade tartar sauce. From what I can tell, he opened this wikipedia page, and put whatever of those ingredients we had into a bowl. Do I need to keep saying that everything he makes comes out fantastically?


  1. I wish I could come home and find someone making all those things for me!!!
    Everything looks yummy and the pics are great too.

  2. No new posts in a while. What's going on? Everything okay?

  3. I love onion rings but I'm trying to stay away from fried foods. The pictures of these rings just might lead me into temptation.

  4. Yum! I have been thinking about doing some battering (I actually thought I might do some deep fried pickles, weird right), this sounds like such a great simple batter!

  5. innBrooklyn -- deep fried pickles are not weird at all!! They are surprisingly common as bar food here in Nashville. I would suggest slicing into circles (does that make sense?) to get the best batter-to-pickle ratio.

  6. your onion rings look SO good!

  7. I had no idea that beer batter only had 2 ingredients. I must try this at home. Great post!