Friday, April 18, 2014

FFwD - Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snaps, and Garlic en Papillote

This French Friday recipe was simple enough but still I ended up making numerous trips to grocery stores trying to find baby bok choy! Finally on my second trip to Whole Foods I found it. I never found the baby white onions called for in the recipe and had to settle on middle aged ones.

The recipe is very straight forward and easy. Wrap vegetables in aluminum foil or parchment packs after seasoning and bake. Instead of orange zest I used lemon and omitted the suggested mint. For the olive oil I used chipotle infused oil and we loved the zing. We had pan fried cod with Ina Garten's Tartar Sauce. All was delicious and a glass of Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel (our GO TO wine) made it complete!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

FFwD - Quiche Maraîchère

Quiche Maraîchère
This week's French Friday with Dorie recipe is for Quiche Maraîchère, a quiche made with lots of fresh vegetables and very little egg custard. It is delicious and easy to make and very versatile. The recipe calls for leeks but since no leeks were available at the supermarket nearby I used 1/2 an onion and a clove of garlic instead. Also, since I was planning to serve mine as an hors d'oeuvres, I added a generous pinch of red pepper flakes. Delicious!!! You should try it. You really should.

Loved our Manhattans!
And the cocktail! We made old fashioned Manhattans. I had forgotten how much I love them. Nothing fancy here. I had no rye whiskey which is the traditional choice for a Manhattan so I used Jim Beam Bourbon. Cinzano Italian Vermouth, also known as sweet vermouth, a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters shaken with ice then poured into a martini glass with a maraschino cherry. A few drops of water help mellow out the flavor if desired.  We loved it and it was perfect with the spicy quiche.

I made last week's Visitandine, several times actually, but never got to the blogging part. The cake was good, versatile, easy to make but I didn't love it. Its a very thin cake. I even baked one of them in a 6" springform pan and it worked fine!

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