Bacon is cooking in the Lakinsmith household once again, and I'm here with you and a lovely glass of wine in my Beads of Courage wine glass, taking a break from my studio. The fire is crackling in the living room and my man will soon be home.
The bacon is for this dish from my favorite source, Epicurious - Lamb shoulder with polenta and beans. We actually made it a few days ago and I'm re-making one of the components since it was gone before the polenta and the lamb. I've been shyly flirting with polenta for a while now, and embraced it headily with this dish - it's creamy polenta, and I'm in love. The roughly cut corn gets simmered in the oven with chicken broth, cream, shallots and thyme, and it couldn't be easier. The maker of this recipe was brilliant. The way that part of the leeks get used in a piquant twist to the savory beans is what makes it. In case you're wondering, no, I'm not a huge fan of the lamb as food, but we were gifted a bit of it by a family member who lovingly raised it on his ranch and it's there in our freezer. Yeah, I know, not exactly a stanchion of morals one way or the other on this issue, but it is what it is. But this recipe, wow. It's some pretty awesome comfort food.
Speaking of sustainable eating, have you heard of Donnie Vincent? I recently stumbled on one of his videos on Facebook and am intrigued. Donnie is an adventurer, wilderness bow hunter, gear expert, and maker of extraordinary films, and what drew me in is his love for nature and telling the story of the modern meat gatherer. The film work and settings in his pieces are breathtaking (as is the haunting cello score), and I just had to get one of his movies for my husband for Christmas. In addition to sharing these remote, perfect spots with us Donnie is trying to get us all to think about where our food comes from, like one of my other heros, Michael Pollan. We all need to do more of that.
Here is the little Vimeo piece that piqued my curiosity about this guy.
Who We Are from Sicmanta on Vimeo.
Isn't it engaging? Anyway, those are my deep thoughts for tonight. I'm back in the studio after dinner for some more show prep. May the force be with us all!