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Artful cooking

Earlier on this week I was stranded in Amsterdam airport for 6 hours between planes. Amsterdam’s Rijks Museum has taken the unusual initiative of setting up a permanent exhibition place between departure gates D and E. The exhibition currently on show is of paintings in the Realism genre and features, amongst other things, a couple of exuberant Dutch floral still lifes and a selection of portraits.

However, what attracted my attention was the shop attached to the exhibition. There I found a book produced by the museum of recipes contributed by well-known chefs which have been inspired by paintings of food.

Last year I visited Strasbourg’s Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame and was struck by the finesse of the artist Sébastien Stoskopff’s depiction of glasses. A photograph does not do real justice to the delicacy of his work but the picture entitled “basket of glasses and pâté” inspired me to present this recipe for Gaume Pie ( a specialty of the Gaume region, just across the border from where I live).

for the marinaded filling:

2 lbs (1kg) pork shoulder
5 tablsp vinegar
1 tablsp oil
7 medium sized shallots
4 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs thyme
1 large bunch of parsley
salt and pepper

Pastry:
1 lb (500g) flour
2 eggs
5 ozs (150 g butter)
1 tablsp dripping
1 small cup milk
2 ozs (60g) yeast
salt
1 beaten egg to glaze

Cut the meat into 3/4″ (2cm) cubes. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and marinate the meat for 2 days, turning it occasionally.
Make a yeast dough and divide it into 2 parts. Roll out and place one part on a greased tart plate. Put the marinated meat on top. Cover with the rest of the dough, rolled out to fit. Cut a vent in the middle of the pie, brush it with beaten egg. Cook in a medium oven for 1-1/4 hours at thermostat 4.

This pie can be eaten hot or cold (esecially when accompanied by a salad).

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Comments on: "Artful cooking" (5)

  1. Sounds delicious and the crust the kind my mother used to make__my mother would be 107 if she were still with us! Fran

  2. What a really, really cool idea!! Imagine an altered/decorated journal based on this theme……

  3. Last year my mom, sister and I went to an exhibit of Impressionist painters and although Pisarro was the painter I was most anxious to see, a painting of a basket of onions by Renoir was the show-stopper for me. The essence of onion was just pouring out of that little canvas! Great post, Carol.

  4. What a great post, Carol. How sane of them to make a display in the airport, should be more of it. Wonderful.

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