In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Not quite slumpie and slum gullet

It may sound sorta odd, but I'd really like some beef wellington right now. Last Tuesday when I got into Columbus, I spent a good part of the night watching tv. It had actually been the first time I'd turned one on in around 3 months. Anyway, one of the shows I watched was Hell's Kitchen, a Top Chef ripoff which also pits wannabe chefs against one another with a grand prize of a restaurant. Hell's Kitchen is a bit more lowbrow than Top Chef in that the participants aren't actually asked to create their own dishes as much as just be competent cooks and able to follow directions.

Anyway, one of the dishes that they were preparing that night was Beef Wellington. I had heard of it before but never actually knew what went into it. It looked pretty on tv and I made a mental note of it as being something to look up one day. Well, it slipped my mind until just tonight when I finished snagging all of season 1 of Hell's Kitchen and they were once again serving Beef Wellington. It seems that it must be a staple of the show and I took a time out to check out its wiki entry. Turns out that Beef Wellington is a preparation of beef tenderloin coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles, which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked. Sounds pretty good to me and I wouldn't mind snagging myself a slice. In a way, it's sort of like a suped up corndog of sorts.

Of course, my chances of actually getting a chance to try this are pretty slim. I almost never get out to restaurants anymore and the kind I would visit is unlikely to serve something like this. Well, not unless Applebees has dramatically altered their menu anyway. I've never been a foodie, but sometimes I think it might be interesting to try some new things. For instance, I've always wanted to give caviar a whirl. Not just any caviar but a little of the good stuff that you always see the neuvo riche raving about. I'm just curious if it could really be so good as to be worth a thousand dollars an ounce. Welp, maybe if I win the lottery one day I can find out.
Tags: food, tv club, tv club: hell's kitchen

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