January 27th is Mozart’s Birthday. If the classical music novice knows the name of no other classical musician, the chances are very good that he has heard of Mozart. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart achieved almost rock star status during his life time, yet he constantly rode a financial rollercoaster and was virtually penniless when he died. Like his rock star counterparts, he lived the high life when he was able and almost always lived beyond his means. It is very likely that his very brilliance was his ruin, for, like so many who achieve fame at an early age, they find it difficult to handle.
We know that he loved good food and drink and indulged himself, even when it was beyond his resources to do so. Among his favorites were trout, liver dumplings with sauerkraut, Paprikash with Späetzle, and Uccelline, a dish very similar to veal scaloppini.
Why not celebrate his brilliance on Sunday with a dinner of his favorites. The dishes I would choose are a Paprikash, rich in onion, garlic and paprika with Späetzle or a delicate Stuffed Trout in Wine Sauce. Oh yes, be sure to put on a CD of Cosi Fan Tutte.