The scene out my window right now
Like I said the other day, we are not having normal weather for central North Carolina at all. In the 30 years I've lived here I don't ever remember it snowing in early December and even snow in late December is quite unusual. I doubt it will stick, but the temperature has dropped to 38 from 42 since it started. The light in David's studio window looks so warm doesn't it? I hope he is, I know he's got his little woodstove burning away.
The oyster stew was a big hit last night- so yummy I'm going to share the recipe right now.
Start with a half pint of oysters, strain the oysters and catch the juice, check the oysters for any bits of shell. Then:
- 1 T butter
- 1 leek, sliced and washed (I slice and soak in water to make sure to get all the dirt out, then lift into strainer to drain)
- 1 stalk celery sliced thin
- 2 large shitake mushrooms sliced (you could use white or cremini mushrooms here)
- 1-2 large oyster mushrooms sliced (same as above but don't recommend portobello)
Saute above in the butter in a saucepan with some salt and pepper
when the veggies are soft add:
- 2t of flour and stir for a minute
- liquid from half a pint of oysters
- 1 cup cream (could use milk but then would need more flour I think)
Simmer for 5-10 minutes, adjust seasoning with a pinch of white and cayenne peppers, more salt as needed
- half pint of oysters
- 1T each chopped fresh parsley and dill
Cook just till oysters begin to firm 2-3 minutes. Serve in warm bowls with toasted bread or crackers.
Makes 2 servings.
As I've been writing the snow is actually sticking and piling up a bit, it's still coming down very hard....