Menu 1/29/2012 and the arrival of La Pavoni

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My Pavoni came this week! After looking anxiously for a box on our doorstep every day I came home, I walked up our stairs on Tuesday and there it was. The week before, I had gone to pick up my Francis from Home Espresso Repair and got to meet Willy who is a man with magic when it comes to espresso. He was kind enough to be excited and congratulate me when I told him I had ordered the Pavoni and offered to give me a demonstration of how to use it properly. He proceeded to make me one of the most lovely and delicious espressos I’ve ever had. He had repaired the Francis to a workable level, but since once of the parts wasn’t available, he couldn’t completely fix it. Of course, since I knew the Pavoni was on the way, this was happy news to me! I didn’t have to feel guilty for giving up on my old friend and buying the new Pavoni. Willy also talked about how the weather can have an effect on the shot you pull, which I love thinking about and trying to work with. He gave me a fabulous demonstration and made it all look so effortless, I left the shop feeling like I’d seen an artist at work, but also that I would be able to do the same with my own Pavoni. Well, it turned out to be a little more complicated than I had thought as one might expect. My first shots were pretty good, but not great and had none of the elusive crema. I went back to Willy for more advice and some of his carefully crafted espresso, ground specifically for my machine. Back home for more pulls and although it was better, it still wasn’t perfect. Then I went to the web and found more information on the tamp and the amount of coffee and now, 5 days and an embarrassing number of espressos later, I’m getting consistently good amounts of crema and delicious, smooth espresso that I will be proud to serve my friends. Not to mention, how simply beautiful the machine itself is; it makes me happy in the morning just to look at it. Mmmmmmm. So good. Now, I have to tear myself away from my espresso long enough to cook some meals, so here’s the plan for the week:

Monday-No cooking, we get to go to the neighbors’
Tuesday-Salmon with a hazelnut Parmesan crust, mashed potatoes and broccoli
Wednesday-Spinach with smoky polenta and  a salad with citrus
Thursday-Poached eggs and potato cakes with an arugula salad

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