I really tried to like this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe for Boeuf à la Ficelle. I did! But, no, and I wasn’t the only one that didn’t quite care for it. To begin with, neither of us are big meat-and-potatoes eaters. And my general feeling is that if I’m going to make steak, I want to make it count. Poaching a piece of beef tenderloin (I only used a half of a pound because there were only two if us and I had an inkling of how this was going to go), does not in any way, shape, or form count. This one was kind of doomed in our house from the start, I suppose.
That said, this is really only one of a handful of recipes from this cookbook that I haven’t enjoyed – so, that’s a pretty good track record for Around my French Table, actually.
Also, we have been in the middle of an out-of-the-ordinary SNOWPOCAPLYSE! here in Portland, so I couldn’t get all over town to find oxtail (although – marrow bones were no problem), so I made due with a packaged beef broth that I then added . . . → Read More: FFwD: Boeuf à la Ficelle
A little late, but it’s still Friday here on the west coast, so I’m just getting this posted under the wire. This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was quite the experiment – Dilled Gravlax. I want to say that I’ve made gravlax once before, but now I can’t find a post on that so maybe I’m just imagining it. Maybe I dreamed it. Or maybe that was in a parallel universe (pardon me, but we’re working our way through Fringe on Netflix right now and it’s all red vines, parallel universes, and Walter-without-pants-on over here).
So, where was I? Oh yeah – gravalx. I made mine with some previously frozen Columbia River salmon. And here’s something I learned at IFBC this year: if you’re going to eat raw salmon (which gravlax basically is), it needs to have been frozen and defrosted. Or else there can be parasites (hey! Like on Fringe).
I made mine pretty much exactly as Dorie’s recipe dictated, which can also be found here: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce, Bon Appétit | March 2004.
After three days of curing, we ended up having this as a snack the day . . . → Read More: FFwD: Dilled Gravlax with Mustard Sauce
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is one of those liver ones – the type that some people like to sit out. And I don’t blame them at all. I’m okay with liver, but I must admit to always skipping the sardine recipes.
For this one, my plan was to just make a half recipe (there are only two of us), but my chicken livers came frozen, in a one-pound tub. So…made the full version and froze half the finished chopped liver (without the egg), to bring out sometime in January.
We had this for dinner with some sourdough bread from Roman Candle Baking Co, a spinach salad, and I discovered that if you serve capers on the side, they are delightful sprinkled on top of a slice of toasted sourdough that’s slathered with chopped (or in this case, food processor-chopped) liver. I like smoothness in my liver recipes and I must admit, this was a much more appealing project for me if I did it more like a pate. So that’s what I did. The verdict: Delicious! I am looking forward to using up the freezer stash.
For the spice mix, I used the version . . . → Read More: FFwD: Mme. Maman’s Chopped Liver