ffwd – caramel-topped semolina cake

This was (again), one of the things I first thought of making from around my french table by Dorie Greenspan. And another that I voted for to make in November. I have a mixed reaction to it… and you’ll see why soon enough. This is really like a country-cousin to a flan. The flavors are… Continue reading ffwd – caramel-topped semolina cake

ffwd – pumpkin-gorgonzola flans

I really hesitated when it was time to make this recipe. It was actually one that I chose for a November recipe. They looked so beautiful in the book… well, and why wouldn’t they be good? But I had a nagging feeling that they just wouldn’t work. After all, I’m the original person who puts… Continue reading ffwd – pumpkin-gorgonzola flans

ffwd – roast chicken for les paresseux (for lazy people)

What better recipe to choose (yes, we’re chosing the order in which we cook our recipes this month – not helpful for me, who really enjoyed the structure. I make decisions all day – I enjoyed being directed a little!!), for a short week on our cooking journey. We didn’t get our recipe choices until Monday…… Continue reading ffwd – roast chicken for les paresseux (for lazy people)

ffwd – marie-helene’s apple cake

I’ve made this cake twice now. The first time, to finish off our dinner of hachis parmentier last week. That time, I served it with some dulce de leche ice cream (would have loved cinnamon, as suggested); the second time, all on it’s own. Both times we very much enjoyed the cake. With apples, I… Continue reading ffwd – marie-helene’s apple cake

FFWD – hachis parmentier (a French Shepherd’s Pie)

This seemed like such a warm and comforting food – and it was!! I decided to invite some friends over who are interested in my little project, and make this for them, as well as a number of other recipes: really, a retrospective of our October recipes. We began with gougeres, served with a French… Continue reading FFWD – hachis parmentier (a French Shepherd’s Pie)

ffwd – spicy vietnamese chicken noodle soup

This is one of the first recipes I looked at when I saw the book “around my french table”. I love Asian flavors, and anything with coconut! Unfortunately, I forgot to pick fresh herbs when I was in Sedona Tuesday, so I had to settle for some from the market. One of the best things… Continue reading ffwd – spicy vietnamese chicken noodle soup

around my French table

Not content with “only” making the recipe of the week, I’ve made a couple of other things from the book… I made “creamy, cheesy, garlicky rice with spinach” the other night (p380). I looked to see what I could make with what I had on hand. The “French” version of risotto was wonderful, easy, and… Continue reading around my French table