On Monday, Christine expressed a hankering for pot pie, and we had the chicken wings that I used to make broth still in the fridge, so it seemed like a good idea. I made crust, and pulled the meat off the wings, and sautéed onion, garlic, radish, yellow beet, and sweet potato, dusted all with flour and added the rest of the tom kha gai from the day before. I let it simmer for a bit, then put it in a baking dish, covered it with crust, and slid it gingerly into the oven for about 30 minutes.
Since the crust recipe makes enough for two open tarts, I took the second half and made a galette with fresh plums plus dried apricots, prunes, raisins, and dates chopped up with a little maple syrup, 5-spice, and Vermont cassis. The fresh and dried fruit made for a jammy, almost fruitcakey filling that gave the whole thing the feel of a giant linzer cookie.
Mmmmm… giant linzer cookie…
We opened another of the surprise discoveries from Vermont- a 2003 Siduri Clos Pepe pinot. Good, but not great, and not even a little bit Burgundian. There’s also an 04 Sonatera, which I remember as being much funkier. We’ll have to take it for a spin soon to see.
And, for those of you who enjoyed the wine description in my Smackdown guest spot, last night I received this email from that very woman:
BRAVO pour l’élection d’Obama !!
Je ne sais pas si tu as voté pour lui mais en France on esperait tous son election.
C’est un grand moment pour les usa, pour le monde. Que d’espoir pour les noirs américains, pour les minorités.
C’est beaucoup d’emotion, de joie pour nous aussi.
The best part about all this is that the first president my Son will remember is a black man. That reality will form the baseline for what’s normal and unremarkable in American politics, and in life. This is exactly how we make the world better for succeeding generations- by manifesting our ideals so that they become givens, and form the foundation for the next generation to build upon.