Stinky Cheeses, Clotted Creams and Uni Paninis
2011/01/06 § 8 Comments
Met up with friends for drinks at the Grand Central Station and decided to drop by the Grand Central Market before taking the train home…
I love markets! Especially markets like this where I feel as if every stall has something I need. Okay, maybe not need, just want. I wasn’t planning on buying anything. Just wanted to look and marvel at the produce and the products and dream… (of possibly tasting every single thing someday? When I win the lotto, I’d do just that)
But I wandered to the cheese stall….and decided to get some stinky camembert for breakfast. (My poor seatmate in the train had to endure the “aroma” til I got off). Having purchased cheese, I had to go get a baguette as well. I was drooling at honeycombs…and buttermilk…til I saw a jar of clotted cream. Aha! It’s so difficult to find clotted cream in New York. I am aghast that Green Grape Provisions and Brooklyn Fare (nearest “gourmet” groceries to me) don’t have it. I actually have to travel to Zabar’s in the far west to get some. I have no tea parties planned in the very near future…but clotted cream shelf life is quite long. Better to have one now than to scrounge around again when tea party time comes.
And then I saw three lonely urchins. Sea urchins on their bed of kelp. And I thought I better bring them home. So I did.
I was so excited with my bag of loot from the market, I could hardly wait for the morrow to try my unis. Next day, I had the stinky cheese and jam for breakfast and decided to make my own version of uni panini for lunch. I’ve been meaning to go to El Quinto Pino for so long for its famous uni panini but have sadly never been. And I have never tried uni with bread either. So I’m making my own version.
I cut the spiky shell open…
Extract the firm and fleshy uni inside. Toasted my baguette lightly right on top of the flames. (Was too lazy to take out my grill/panini press). Spread just a tiny bit of butter, stuffed bread with uni and added tiny bit of wasabi (as I did not have the spicy mustard oil used in El Quinto Pino). Et voila – my own version of uni panini!
My, my. It was everything I expected an uni dish to be. Creamy, rich, with that hint of heat and spice from the wasabi. Ah…heaven. I do not credit myself with anything here except to put all the ingredients together. Good bread and good uni makes all the difference.
What an unexpected pleasure from a leisurely detour…