So, this last week’s French Fridays with Dorie was for Cola and Jam Spareribs, which sounds good but neither jwa or I are big rib eaters. But here’s what I thought — I’ll take the cola and jam idea, but just use them on another kind of meat. How about chicken drumsticks? Perfect! Sounds like a winner! And then…that’s not what actually happened.
1. After not being able to find the Coke with sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup, I found an organic-hippie cola brand with sugar. Great. I put a can of that in my cart. But then when I got home, discovered I accidentally grabbed the Diet Cola instead.
2. After seeing this, I think, um, okay. I can still make this work. At this point I have the jam, orange juice and Chinese 5 Spice Powder already simmering in a pot with the cola to make a glaze. I grabbed the unopened bag of brown sugar from the cabinet, thinking I can just add a spoonful or two and I add a little in with the jam and orange juice.
3. Ants. There are ants in the brown sugar bag. . . . → Read More: Blog Post that was Almost an FFwD, Then Became This – Roasted Chicken Legs with Chorizo, Potatoes and Spinach
Recently, I got a bag of Garbanzo & Fava Flour* to make falafel with but I kind of forgot all about making falafel, so the bag has just sat around being lonely. So sad. Luckily, I remembered about the flour today and did some searching for something interesting to do with it and I found…Socca!
According to Mark Bittman, Socca is a street food in Nice that is kind of like a chickpea pizza. I kind of thought it was like a hummus-y, falafel-y pie. Either way, it was delicious.
The Nice version is usually just the flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper, while in Genoa, they add onions and rosemary. I chose to do more of the Genoa style, but also with garlic because it is near impossible for me to make anything savory without garlic in it. I also added zucchini and Parmesan Cheese to the top to make it more like a pizza. Although those additions are not traditional, they were quite tasty.
The best thing? It is ready in lightening speed. Get a plate and let’s go.
Socca (Chickpea Pizza from Nice and also other places like Genoa)
Adapted slightly from a recipe by Mark Bittman
1 cup . . . → Read More: Socca (Genoa-Style) Plus With More Stuff!
This French Fridays with Dorie meal was delicious (of course they are all delicious)! But for this one, I opted to make my own vegetable stock with the recipe for the best vegetable stock ever, which you can find at epicurious.com. I pretty much did exactly that, except I omitted the canned tomatoes (I tossed in a small handful of sundried tomatoes instead) and I think I used less mushrooms (a few shiitakes). Oh and I used 5 cups water instead of a quart.
Things I learned/notes:
1. It is not warm weather here (in Portland). We are still 50-ish. Therefore, a nice hot bowl of soup was just the thing.
2. I made the herb coulis with basil.
3. I was surprised how much I liked the poached egg on this, the yolk added to the broth nicely.
4. I used kale from the garden instead of spinach.
5. Other vegetables I used: shiitakes, green beans, asparagus, leeks and onion. I thought I had a couple of potatoes but then I realized I didn’t. I was sad. Then I tried the soup and I was happy.
Okay, on the with photos! And everyone’s posts can be found here. . . . → Read More: FFwD: Warm Weather Vegetable Pot au Feu