Mozart

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On November 22, 1791, Wolfgang Mozart fell ill at his home in Vienna, Austria. Attended by several friends, he died on December 5, after singing parts of his Requiem in D with them. There has been much speculation as to the cause of his death. When someone young and famous dies, the rumors fly. No, Mozart was not killed by Antonio Salieri — that was a dramatic invention by Peter Shaffer, author of the play Amadeus. [Salieri was godfather to one of Mozart’s children.] Was the cause of death TB? or mercury poisoning [mercury was used as a medicine]? syphillis? Modern forensic analysis comes down on the side of septicemia, a blood infection that could have damaged his kidneys, leading to his death. Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria into a musical family. He was a child prodigy, composing music at age 5. As a child, his father exploited his talent by taking him on long, difficult journeys all over Europe so that the child could perform. Leopold, his father, hoped that young Wolfgang would acquire a noble patron. It didn’t happen, yet as he traveled around, Mozart was meeting prominent musicians and learning new styles of music. He was often juvenile and silly, but he was serious about his music. In his lifetime he produced some 500 works in many styles as identified in the  Köchel catalogue. This hard work never really paid off for Wolfgang, as he and his wife Constanze were careless with money and had trouble making ends meet. That day in 1791, the music died but the work lives on. If you are not familiar with his music, click here.

A favorite snack in Vienna is a sausage sandwich called ‘Bosna.’ We’ll have those flavors in eggs, thank you very much. Mozart’s music could be dark and stirring, as in his Requiem Mass, or light and comic, as in Cosi Fan Tutti. Our dinner plays with the maestro’s ‘cheeky’ side. BTW, playwright Shaffer also popularized the notion that Mozart suffered the ignominy of burial in a pauper’s grave. How he was buried was consistent with middle-class citizens of Vienna. Another myth busted.

Bosna Bake: 147 calories 9.4 g fat 1.5 g fiber 9 g protein 7 g carbs 52.6 mg Calcium  The nutritional values given are for the plated items and do not include the optional beverages.  PB GF I took the ingredients for an Austrian sandwich and mixed them with eggs. That’s turning snack food into a healthy breakfast.

1 two-oz egg 0.5 oz bratwurst, large dice 1 Tbsp onion, diced 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped 1 tsp ketchup ½ tsp prepared mustard ¼ tsp curry powder 1 oz strawberries   Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 caloriesOptional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water 

Put the sausage, onion, and parsley in a dry pan and saute them until onion is transluscent and sausage is cooked. Stir together the ketchup, mustard, and curry in a separate little dish. Whisk the egg, stir in the onion-sausage and pour into a lightly-spritzed ramekin or other oven-safe dish. Bake at 350 F. until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Before serving, dollop the eggs with the ketchup mixture, and plate with the strawberries.

Cod Cheeks in Cream Sauce: 227 calories 12 g fat 2 g fiber 24.6 g protein 6 g carbs 66 mg Calcium  PB GF   The cheeks of cod and halibut are considered a delicacy among fisherfolk. This simple recipe is SO delicious and very special. 

This recipe serves two [2]Prepare a mise-en-place because this cooks quickly. NB: if serving the asparagus, start it cooking now.
300 g fish cheeks
salt + white pepper
Pat halibut cheeks dry, and season with salt and pepper
2 tsp olive oilPut oil in a skillet over med-high heat. When very hot, add cheeks, cook 1 min on each side, until almost cooked through. Put on a plate.
¼ c white wine
1 sm clove garlic
Mince garlic. Pour excess oil from skillet. Add wine and garlic and cook until wine is reduced by half.
1-2 oz creamAdd cream. Simmer and reduce until it lightly thickens.
1 Tbsp grainy Dijon
2 tsp chives/scallion
Mix in these ingredients. Season sauce w/ salt + pepper.
Return cheeks to skillet and heat them in the sauce until cooked through, ~2 mins. Plate cheeks equally, top with sauce.
7 spears asparagus pre serving OR  side salad with beets + blueberriesServe with cooked asparagus, topped with a smear of the sauce OR a side salad with beets and blueberries.

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