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I just got back from another business trip to Austria and, as usual, I’ve had my share of large meals. I think I probably gained about 5 pounds over the 6 days I was there. While I don’t enjoy the weight gain, one of the things about traveling for work is the chance to try different things and food that is simply prepared in a quality way.
While I was away, I had some very finely prepared scallops, crab cakes, steak along with some wonderful desserts and delicious beers. Additionally, dishes making an inaugurational appearance to my list are capon, steak tartar, and bone marrow.
A capon is a castrated rooster. The rooster is rendered reproductively useless, so he falls into a deep depression and consoles himself by gorging on junk food and pasta. They end result is a very plump and tasty chicken!
Steak tartar is a high quality piece of meat, very finely ground (you could eat it with a spoon) and served with a partially cooked quail’s egg, finely sliced onions, some other unidentifiable vegetable with a side of semi-leavened bread. Doesn’t necessarily sound good… but it was deeeeeelish!
Bone marrow is, well, just that. See the picture on this post. Bones cut at cross sections and cooked. Use a small spoon and scoop out the inside. It looks and feels a lot like jelly or fat. Put it on slightly toasted bread like jam and enjoy!
That was last week. Next week… Rome. Let’s see what’s in store for my belly there!