Janis wanted a Mercedes Benz. Others dream of owning a Ferrari. I honestly couldn't care less for cars. But I do care for kitchen appliances. So you can imagine that it was not without some emotion that I took the chance to cook on what one of Italy's leading food and wine magazines defined as "the Ferrari of stoves": a Molteni stove.
For those interested in fine restaurants Molteni stoves are surrounded in an aura of legend: they were and are in many of Europe's top kitchens. Big names like Ducasse and Bocuse have their own impressive made to measure stoves. Plus, don't they look just great?
My chance to cook on one of these famous stoves came at a meeting of food lovers that took place a few weeks ago in Zürich, organized by the ever friendly and hospitable Ed McGaugh and Boris Markov, who kindly hosted all of us and let us ab-use his fantastic kitchen. Although Boris was a master of understatement when describing his stove, insisting that his Molteni was just the simplest model and not that special at all, this particular amateur cook was deeply impressed. Being used to my puny home stove, I just loved the heat one can get from the burners -just think about real wok hai there- and I just loved the solid top, great for those occasions where you have many pans needing many different temperatures. If I knew I'd be settling down somewhere soon I'd definitely consider saving up to get one of these babies in my kitchen. Even the smallest one would be OK...still it is twice as big as my home one, so I'd probably need a new kitchen too.
I won't be writing about the meal in detail, some nice experiences are better kept in one's memory than on paper. Still, it was a great day of cooking, eating and drinking spent together with a great company. Below you'll find the menu and the list of the wines. You can also see a couple of pictures from the meal here.
Prosciutto, salame, coppa with piadine (Boris and Alberto)
Assorted Neapolitan pizzas (Alberto)
Saffron-gambero risotto (Ed)
Tomato and watermelon salad in a sweet watermelon reduction (Eric)
Sauteed lake fish with zucchini flan (Boris)
Timballo di Maccheroni (Alberto)
A short walk to swim the dog and go for a row on the lake of Zürich
Veal Marsala (Boris and Ed)
Sautéed spinach (Boris)
Roasted red and yellow peppers (Boris)
Green rice casserole (Ed)
Plum tarte (Fabienne)
Fricktaler cherries marinated in kirsch (Melanie)
And the wines
Lambrusco "Il brusco di Cantarelli" NV, Trattoria Giuseppe Cantarelli
Saale Unstrut Riesling Trocken Sekt 2002 Von der Henne from Naumburger Sektkellerei
Saint Saphorin Les Blassinges 2003, Pierre-Luc Leyvraz - Chexbres (chasselas varietal)
Meilener Räuschling Seehalden 2004, Hermann Schwarzenbach - Meilen (räuschling is native varietal to the Lake of Zurich region)
German Auggener Regent barrique (red)
South African, Fairview, Goats do Roam in Villages
2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Noir
1994 Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde
1990 Ch. Figeac, Saint Emilion
1998 Moet & Chandon Champagne
Trester from Auggen Germany (like a grappa)