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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Risotto or not, sounds like you'll be having a wonderful dinner tonight! BTW, Italian food is my thing, especially northern and from Emilia-Romagna, so if you're interested in a recipe for risotto alla milanese, shoot me a PM (so this thread can get back on topic...)
     
  2. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Well-Known Member

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    Elio

    Post it!
     
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  3. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Well-Known Member

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    OK, I'll finish up. Spoilered, as is appropriate for such OT trivia.

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    White wine for the sugo. But a fine Barossa Valley red to accompany the actual meal -

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    Tuck in, folks!

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  4. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Looks yummy, Cox!

    OK, for those who are interested, here is my recipe for risotto alla milanese:


    Risotto alla Milanese
    This is not your typical light, Mediterranean fare. This is hearty comfort food for cold Lombardian winter nights.
    As with all Italian food, the recipe is rather simple but the quality of the ingredients is of utmost importance. Hence, use carnaroli rice instead of the more common arborio. Use good quality dry wine and saffron, the best is from the Abruzzi region or from Sardinia. (Less authentic: from La Mancha in Spain). And of course, the best parmesan cheese that you can get, Parmigiano-Reggiano DOC. Grate it only just before use, so it won't loose its lovely aroma.
    The stock should be freshly made from good beef shank.

    ingredients for 6 persons
    400 g carnaroli rice
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 glass of dry white wine
    50 g bone marrow
    100 g butter
    20 threads of saffron
    1.5 l unsalted beef stock
    100 g parmigiano reggiano
    salt if needed

    preparation
    Soak the saffron in a bit of broth or the wine.
    Keep your broth simmering on the stove.
    Place pan with heavy bottom on medium heat.
    Add a generous knob of butter to pan.
    Add rice, onion and chopped bone marrow.
    Stir and toast for a minute or two without letting rice or onion brown. This toasting stage is essential for the rice to be able to absorb the liquid.
    Add the white wine. Stir and let evaporate.
    Turn down the heat to low and add a couple of ladles of broth. Add the saffron and the soaking liquid.
    Stir gently and add another ladle or two of broth when the rice gets dry. Repeat this process until the rice has the right all dente consistency. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes. At this stage, the risotto should still be rather wet.
    Turn off the heat, add in the remaining butter and the grated cheese and stir. Taste and add salt if necessary (most likely not needed).
    Let the covered pan sit for 3 more minutes or so before serving. The risotto should now be creamy and shiny. It should not be a thick paste, but remain a bit runny, so it won't be too heavy on the stomach.
    Sprinkle a few threads of saffron on top as garnish and serve.

    (Some contemporary recipes say that you can add all the broth at once, and only need to stir towards the end. This shortcut will not give you the desired smooth consistency, because the starches will not be released as in the traditional method)
     
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  5. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea where I would source bone marrow from. Can this be purchased from a butcher?
     
  6. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Yes, probably. If not, you can scoop some out of the veal shanks that you use for your osso bucco. Or leave it out, your risotto will already be rich enough.
     
  7. heldentenor

    heldentenor Well-Known Member

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    I suppose it's not surprising that many of the people who gravitate to the aesthetics of presentation in clothing should also have an interest in food. Before I started spending my "discretionary" (read: all of) my income on clothing, it was kitchen knives and cookware. EliodA, your recipe for risotto alla milanese sounds delicious. Do you ever finish with just a bit of Alba truffle?
     
  8. ridethecliche

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    Woah. This thread has recipes now? I need to start paying more attention!

    I've been working too much to cook lately, which is really sad. I might set aside some time to try one of the recipes posted recently with friends.
     
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    I ordered the steel blue. Just loved the color and don't have anything close in my winter wardrobe. At that price, I thought it was worth the risk of me not trying on prior to ordering.
     
  10. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Ah, truffle... one of those luxurious delights that are no longer available to me, since moving to Jakarta. Maybe for the better, I shiver to think what they would cost here. The requisite bottle of Barolo as accompaniment will cost you here as much as a nice suit from Suit Supply [​IMG]
    Fortunately, it is possible to get dried funghi porcini here, with which you can make a tasty risotto as well.
    As for your observation that people interested in clothing might also have an interest in good food, that may well be so. Are we not all Epicureans?

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/8137/what-did-you-eat-last-night-for-dinner
     
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    I didn't know about that thread; thanks for pointing it out. Between it, the Bourbon and Scotch threads, and the affiliate vendors here, I'll be the best-fed, best-dressed homeless man in Minnesota in no time!
     
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    Seems like just a couple of years ago we were talking about how mad men had influenced lapels into shrinking.
     
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    What do you think of these? For versatility etc.

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    Each has some positives and some negatives...none are clear winners to me, though if you forced me to choose one, I suppose the steel blue or the windowpane.
     
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    I like the houndstooth with overcheck too. It'd make a great f/w jacket.
     
  16. MGD83

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    I like the farmer's check and icy houndstooth. I think they'd both look great as sport coats. The steel blue looks a little light, and could be difficult to co-ordinate. Could just be my monitor though.
     
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    I love the Steel Blue and the Danube Marl in the abstract, but stumbled over pairings (not so much with trousers as with shirts--that's a lot of light blue for a top block). Of those you listed, the navy stitch windowpane and the icy houndstooth are my favorites--though that oatmeal donegal with gray/brown flannel trousers would be sweet, too.

    Do you see sportcoats as conservative, or as a fun departure from suits? If the former, navy windowpane; if the latter, maybe the icy blue houndstooth. Either will look great!
     
  18. TweedyProf

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    I think the steel blue is on the light side. You'd have to go with lighter gray flannels or tan but they aren't as versatile as a navy, which is why I gravitate towards the windowpane, though we have had discussions about whether windowpanes are too "suit like".

    I do gravitate towards the houndstooth, and the overcheck might add some punch. The siena might work too, depending on how "red" it is, i.e. less red and more brown would be better in my book.

    SCs are less conservative although that is a continuum isn't it? It is a fun departure from suits though, but I rarely see academics wear suits unless its for some admin function.

    Heldentenor: did you opt for any (I think you were considering these too).
     
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  19. MGD83

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    On another note, I do in fact have a sport coat in a light shade that I struggle with in finding coherent trouser combinations. Perhaps I can have some opinions here?

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    Here's a close up of the fabric:

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  20. TweedyProf

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    Is it gray? I'd go with white/cream.
     

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