Saturday, August 29, 2009

Oil




Gabrielas Oil (excerpt)

I was quite exhilarated from the heaviness of the wine, and the intense aromas of the spices and the lemon zest intoxicated my senses. I mixed the delicious-smelling blend into the now lukewarm oil und stirred it carefully, then transferred the whole mixture into a big-bellied bottle in which wine had been pressed. I poured the golden fluid so fast that I spilled a bit over the edge of the bottleneck and all over my fingers. With relish I rubbed my hands against each other just to savor the silky and coaxing texture of the oil. Like a ghost, Gabriella appeared in my kitchen. Her image was burned into my mind and I saw her dark, wavy hair, her eyes which glowed like coals, her broad hips and her strong, paint covered fingers, just as if she were standing for real in front of me. Lust tiptoed into me like water soaking into a sinking ship. My fingers were shaking a bit when I stripped off my jeans and the blouse just to drop them carelessly on the kitchen floor. I carried the bottle full of warm and fragrant oil with me when I turned towards the bathroom. I covered the edge of the bathtub with a folded bath towel. I turned around and looked in the mirror: my breasts, my hips, the black and bluish nest of pubic hair. I reached for a bobby pin and pulled my long curls up into a messy knot. I’m ready, I thought, and climbed into the bathtub.


okay..i told donna that i serve you chutney..well first i wanted to cook creole..then we decided chutney would be perfect since we both love chutneys a lot..but then i thought i want to add some oil and vinegar since i love to use selfmade or better self scented and spiced oil in the kitchen...this oil in the story is a lemon oil i made since ages and it was also always made by my aunts...its as easy to make as much as it is very tasty and it has a very fruity and fresh taste without having any acid in it...all you need is a big bottle..lemon cest from organic lemons as well as an litre of canola/colza oil (you can do this with olive oil too but canola oil has no taste of its own and tends to stay fresh for a long time)...heat the oil up a bit (dont make it cook) put the lemon cest in it and pour it in the bottle..if you wnat to you can ad also some lemon pepper...keep it in a dark place for two weeks..then sieve the oil so that nothing is left inside...when you have lemon cest again just put it in and restart the procedure...trhe more often you will do it the more intense the taste will be...its perfect for salads and fish dishes as well as for baking and similar things....

15 comments:

Emerald said...

I love oils. I have to admit that I had never really thought of creating or making my own. What a delightful idea! I find it so lovely that you make and create your own oils and vinegars. :) I feel like your kitchen must be such a fascinating, enthusiastic, loving place! I would love to be a guest there sometime!!

Thank you so much for all of this, Danielle. It seems to me you really did the Spicy Summer Sundays blog tour justice with this extraordinary finale. Many, many thanks!!!

Danielle said...

@ emerald

me too! i got at least 9 or 10 different kind of oils in my kitchen...grape seed, walnut, olive, garlic, corn core, truffle, sesame, peanut and i dont know what else...plus all the oils i prepare myself..its so easy that i almost blush because its not real work..but its so tasty and i love the smell and aromes when i do them...

i really wish you all would live closer...to met up in real...it was such a wonderful expirience when i met up with shanna which i also would love to have again with the other wonderful blogland friends i found here...:-)

my kitchen is a very full, good smelling and chaotic place...lol
i d love to have a modern and empty kitchen like the main character in my story "gourmets andother sinners" has..but i have the kind of kitchen where you can cook for a family..:-)

Danielle said...

oh..and thank you again for your kind coments..thexy make me feel much more relaxed about my posts:-)

Craig Sorensen said...

Infused oils are something I do know a little about! Garlic and oregano infused olive oil (good quality Extra Virgin, but not the best, which should retain it's own character completely) over a nice piece of thick bread then lightly browned, is a meal unto itself.

Again, I loved the images in your delicious excerpt. This was a fun little gem: Lust tiptoed into me like water soaking into a sinking ship.

Ich mochte nach Deutschland zuruckkommen bald.

Sie bilden mich es verlust!

Danielle said...

infused!!!that was the word i was searching in my head yesterday all day long!!! and yes real good oil on grilled white bread is totally good..:-) very italian:-)

Lust tiptoed into me like water soaking into a sinking ship...

does that sounds too silly in neglish? the german version was actually rather poetic..hehe*

you really should come back..:-)

Craig Sorensen said...

That sentence does not sound silly at all, Danielle. The poetry of it was not lost in translation.

Danielle said...

@ craig

puh..my luck!!!..:-)
i hoped it would transfer through the translation and i m happy if it did!

Smut Girl said...

we have a lot of different oils and i never use them. i'm reconsidering now! ;)

xoxo
s
p.s. love the imagery in the excerpt

Danielle said...

@ sommer

with oil its like with shoes..there are never enough/too much:-)

i m glad you like the excerpt..its from a story i published here in germany and i look desperately for a english home for it since i really love that story myself..:-)

Erobintica said...

I have seen recipes for lemon oil for years and never tried it - and I love everything lemon - maybe I will try this finally.

I'm not feeling very wordy today - I think I need to go outside for a bit and pull weeds.

Danielle said...

@ robin

there are days when we dont have much words to share..thats normal:-) go pull them weeds..they deserve it..:-)

Marina said...

Oh, Danielle, you're very inspiring. I definitely want to make this oil, too - lemon is one of my favorite flavors. Thanks!

Danielle said...

@ marina

sure..give it a try..the more often you infuse it with lemon peel the more intense the taste developes..its perfect for a lot of dishes..:-)

Donna said...

I've tried a commercial lemon oil, but it was sort of overwhelming and bitter. It sounds like this approach allows for fine-tuning to one's individual taste. I imagine it's much gentler, like a kiss of lemon from some who enjoys sour flavors!

Danielle said...

@ donna

this oil is totally not bitter nor really sour..it contains only the lemon arome since you use just a thin part of the peel...plus you can control the intensity of the taste by chosing yourself how often you infuse the oil again with lemon peel..:-)