One of the challenges of writing this blog is constantly looking for/creating new recipes. I have given myself a wide latitude—the whole world of cooking and baking. Still the question comes down to: What am I going to make for dinner? For this Sunday’s dinner, I decided to do a barbecued chicken with French flavors with ratatouille and potatoes au gratin as my sides.
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I had decided on a French(-ish) cuisine roast chicken for Sunday’s family dinner. Daughter Miriam is still off onions and garlic, so I needed to create a tasty recipe that did not include them. However, some habits are hard to break and I added garlic to my marinade without thinking. To make something for Miriam, I bought another chicken breast and marinated it in the same marinade sans garlic.
Eilene’s friends are coming over again and Jan suggested that I make a quiche. Several years ago Jan taught in Paris and brought me back a French cookbook. I have attempted several recipes from it, but I have never been able to follow their directions.
Jan has requested steamed mussels for Mothers day. I wanted to turn it into a soup or mussels and cannellini beans, but she wants only steamed mussels. I decided to do a slimmed down variation of the French Saffron Mussel Soup. To go with the mussels, in addition to toasted rustic bread, I plan to make a wild rice salad.
I wanted to do braised French pork for dinner, but nothing on-line even came close to what I had in mind. I pictured something herby, falling off the bone tender, with a rich pan sauce. Looking in my spice cabinet, I picked out the herbs I thought would go together, not a fines herbes, but a unique blend of my own. It may not be actually a French recipe, but I associate these herbs with French cooking.
Tomorrow I am making a French fish soup for which I need fish stock. There may be some store that sells canned fish stock, but it is not around here. It is time to create my own fish stock.
Adapted from French: The Secret of Classic Cooking Made Easy
All of this week’s recipes are from a French cook book that Jan bought me. She decided that I should make some recipes from it for the French girl while she was here. I decided that I needed a starch dish for the carbohydrate eaters in the group.