the long title is really more of a substitution for the lack of photograph. due to a technical glitch which i neither understand nor care to discuss, i am as devastated as a food blogger could be. the most wonderful dinner – sans picture. so the following description is the equivalent of me saying, ‘ok, close your eyes while i describe this’.
the farro was soaked for about an hour, drained and then boiled in fresh water for 30 minutes and drained again. i added a great olive oil from chianti in tuscany (the rest of the address still unknown) and some salt and pepper. then with inspiration from josh friedland of the ‘the food section’ i chopped some buffalo mozzarella and some fresh tennessee tomatoes. please look at his picture shown below because mine really was the near identical plate.
i made a gremolata of fresh parsley, crushed garlic, microplaned lemon peel, olive oil, salt, pepper – and included fresh basil because it felt right. all of the aforementioned were minced and combined. then i salted the 9 chops and threw them on a 900 degree grill for about 90 seconds a side. honestly there were only 8 chops, but that kinda had a nice ring to it…
so, ok. you with me? here’s where i need your creative participation. my plate has a layer of farro, then down one side of the farro is the white mozzarella, down the other side the chopped red tomato. but now in the center we have a small mound of the green gremolata with 3 chops rising above it all standing in a leaning teepee formation. i invented this last part. so now we’ve got a co-written recipe here except jeff has no idea that i exist in the universe. (hi jeff!)
the dish was totally fabulous. and i am making it again soon so i can snap a shot. just for you.
but in the meantime, here is proof of how the dinner began… with a good multi-grain crusty loaf, parmegiano from zingerman’s and truffle honey from market hall. folks, this combo is not to be missed. it’s a wow.
i liken this experience to a computer crash without any back-up files.
it rarely happens twice.