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25 April 2007 @ 09:52 am
 
Lea,my Ukrainian friend ,brought me some fresh leaves of basil,parsley and thyme.Yesterday I invented a sauce, loosely based on that for Poulet Marengo.I combined equal quantities of white wine,tomato purée, a whole bulb of garlic chopped,salt,pepper and a soupçon of sweetener.I served it on Chinese vegetarian mock duck,with side dishes of Regency mushrooms à la Eliza Acton-stewed in milk,butter,nutmeg,paprika powder,salt and pepper and potatoes with red onions.Not bad ! Purists may object,but ,when Napoleon himself commented to his chef that , the second time he had it,it was different from the first,the latter explained that,after the Battle of Marengo,his staff had to scavenge for whatever ingredients they could find.There's a Créole version in Louisiana.
 
 
 
Lisa: FNL - Victorylovelife on April 26th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds good! I've never seen mock duck--is it a recipe or do they sell it like the other mock meats?

ps: are you Vegetarian? If so I think you & I are the only ones here that are so far. :)
fluffyblanketfluffyblanket on April 27th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you ! Yes,I am vegetarian.I bought the mock duck here in Alicante in Spain,but most Chinese groceries anywhere sell it.There is also mock pork.Both are delicious and come covered in a slightly sweet gravy in blue,cylindrical cans labelled "WuChung Brand".