Welcome to OICMF Scherzo (skert·sō/ noun:  a vigorous, light, or playful composition)
The monthly newsletter of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Leaves of Gold 2019
It’s almost Leaves of Gold time! Everyone’s favorite winter gathering of music, warmth, and good cheer will be on Thursday, December 19 th at 5:30pm .
This year’s concert will feature Aloysia and Jackie along with long-time friends violinist Sylvia VerMeulen and horn player William VerMeulen (a most seasonal instrument). The VerMeulens' schedules have not allowed them to be a part of the August Festival since 2007, so we are thrilled they will be joining us for what promises to be an incredibly special evening. The concert will again be in the Music Room at Rosario Resort , followed by a sumptuous reception. Thanks to Rosario Resort and Spa for once more hosting this event, and opening their holiday-festive mansion to us all.
Tickets are now available for $150 ($75 tax deductible) by writing linda@oicmf.org or calling (360) 376-6636. For more information, visit our web site at www.oicmf.org .

Get Ready for The Beethoven Cycle
While you'll have to wait until June 17 th – 25 th 2020 to hear the Miró Quartet play the complete String Quartets of Beethoven here on Orcas, you can enjoy listening to it before then by pre-ordering their new boxed set:



photo credit: Barry Carlton
Recipe of the Month
Thanksgiving is coming, and if you are as ambitious on your side dishes as Miró Quartet violist John Largess is, I bet your guests will adore his Braised Brussels Sprouts recipe:

John Largess’ Braised Brussels Sprouts

Note: try to get sprouts that are fairly uniform in size, otherwise the big ones will be crunchy and the small ones mushy. If necessary you can quarter very large sprouts.

2 pounds of Brussels Sprouts, woody bases trimmed off and cut in half through the poles
 
5 slices hickory smoked bacon 

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 tsp dried thyme, crushed fine

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1/2 cup chicken stock 

1/4 cup white wine (anything really, just not an oaky white. Left over Pinot Grigio is a good choice)

4 tbs Maple Syrup (ideally a dark grade B syrup)

1 tsp Thai Fish sauce 

Salt and pepper to taste

1) Fry the bacon until well done in a large flat bottomed pan. Remove from grease to paper towel-lined plate to crisp. 

2) Fry onion in bacon grease until soft and lightly brown, about 5 minutes on medium heat

3) Add halved Brussels Sprouts to pan, cut side down, fry 5 minutes on medium until sides begin to brown. Add chopped garlic, nutmeg, and dried thyme, fry for 30 seconds until just aromatic...do not burn!!

4) Add the stock, wine, fish sauce, and maple syrup, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until Brussels Sprouts are just tender (not mushy!). The time will vary depending on how big your sprouts are. After 15 minutes, start testing with a knife every 5 minutes - it should go through the sprout with a bit of resistance but not with any “crunch.” Keep heat low and the cover on tight so liquid doesn’t boil away. If it does, just lower heat and add more stock. 

5) Once sprouts are tender they are done! Add salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a serving tureen. Chop the crisp bacon into small crumbles and sprinkle on top, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs if desired. 

Note: the moisture content of the sprouts you buy can vary considerably, sometimes dry and sometimes fresher and wetter. Occasionally, when the sprouts are done, sauce is still too watery for my taste. If so, remove sprouts with slotted spoon to serving tureen, turn heat to high, and boil to reduce sauce, about 2-5 minutes. Pour reduced sauce over sprouts and garnish as above. 
John is not sharing his Key Lime Pie recipe, but these are better for you anyhow (maybe...)
We look forward to sharing more OICMF news and events with you - keep your eyes peeled for next month's Scherzo !
All the best,
Anita Orne
Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director

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