Thursday, January 8, 2015
FFWD Arman's Caviar in Aspic
I want to reiterate that I love AMFT, FFWD, and blogging with all of you. However, today I'm going to go for complete honesty.
Has anyone heard of Stitch Fix? It's an online personal shopping service. Upon request they send you five clothing items to your house. You have three days to try them on and decide what to keep and what to return. I think that it's a really fun treat, especially now that I rarely have time to shop for myself. On the night I served the aspic, after we finished dinner, Paul said I could order one Stitch Fix box a month for the rest of my life if I ate the rest of the caviar and aspic. I said no. I told Paul he could have an unlimited budget for house projects (his favorite thing in the world!) for the next five years if he ate the rest of the caviar and aspic. He said no.
Paul was skeptical the minute I told him about this dish. I didn't think I'd like the aspic, but I thought I'd at least enjoy the caviar. Paul gamely ate one of his squares. I couldn't even finish a bite. In hindsight, I think the primary problem was the caviar I bought. It was salmon roe and incredibly salty. I think this would have been much better with another (more expensive) caviar. I also couldn't find fish bouillon so I substituted some fish stock that I had leftover from last week's soup. I think the flavor was too strong. On a better note, I used agar agar (vegan) instead of gelatin, and my aspic set absolutely beautiful. I definitely won't be making this dish again, but I'm glad to have had the experience with the agar agar. There are lots of sweet jello-like dishes that I would like to try.