So this is a pretty seafood-heavy menu. Probably not too shocking since Spain is mostly coastline. Luckily, it's different flavors, and of course I get to try the famous salt cod! I can feel my horizons expanding. My grocery experience wasn't too bad with this menu. I actually managed to find the salt cod at my local Central Market. I'm flabbergasted, too! The only thing I really had to go out of my way for were the darn clams. They were supposed to be small, and of course they only had large everywhere that I went. I finally asked the lady behind the fish counter at an Asian grocery if she would pick out the smallest clams from her collection for sale. Yes, I know, once again I sound crazy. But hey, she wasn't that busy. And she kinda took it as a mission that had to be accomplished. And I appreciate that.
So....clams and beans? I wasn't too sure about this one. Seems like a strange combination. But somehow it all just...worked. I really don't know how Ferran Adria does it. But then again, that's probably why he's a world-renowned chef, and I just have a blog. Just trust me on this one, this is some good stuff. Tender beans, salty clams. Goodness all around.
I don't know why I keep doubting the recipes in this book. This one in particular did not sound very appetizing, but somehow it all comes together into a dish that's actually quite tasty. Frying the eggplant and zucchini gives it some flavor, and then the rest comes from the onions and garlic. I was surprised that I had to add salt at the end, but I've never played with salt cod before, so who knows. And I had to add quite a bit of water during the cooking time, or I would have ended up with a pan of ash at the end of an hour.
The baked apples for dessert were nothing too shocking. But most of Ferran Adria's desserts aren't too adventurous. I may actually have a leg up here! The apples were absolutely delicious, but watch the baking time, because I pretty much ended up with applesauce. Delicious applesauce, but still.