So, even though I already reviewed A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson, this past week my husband and I embarked on a Culinary Journey around the World beginning in where else, but the culinary capital of the world… France! I used Thorisson’s French recipes to make us the ultimate French inspired meal.
Starter: Onion Tart
Dessert: Crepes with Salted Butter
Shopping for this meal was insanely easy. I had most of the ingredients already at home and only had to grab a bag of onions, puff pastry, creme fraiche, and some fresh herbs. In place of Comte cheese I used Gruyere, and instead of whipping cream, I used half and half.
OK, so we loved this meal but it took me close to 3.5 hours to make everything and I used store bought puff pastry because I wasn’t feeling brave enough to attempt that just yet. Prep by far took the longest, and cutting a pound of onions for the tart was the worst thing I have ever done in a kitchen. Once I started getting things into the oven, it was a breeze. The butternut gratin, was easy enough to make and was quiet tasty, we both really enjoyed it. The Roasted Chicken was very flavorful and wonderful, I made us chicken breasts because there is no reason in the world for me to make an entire chicken…I did put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get roast the cheese more like the one in the book. I couldn’t eat this way everyday.
I used so much oil and butter I’m sure it put my body into shock. The crepes were great, we had them about an hour and a half after dinner, and were so easy. The caramel on the other hand is not so easy. Candy is very finicky to make and of course mine crystalized. I still have batter in the fridge and simply make a few for myself each morning and in the evening for dessert. This maybe our favorite thing is knowing we can make the batter and store in the fridge for a few days…because we aren’t going to eat 40 crepes in a day. We will be finishing the batter with fresh fruit and whip cream.
Next time I would love to try her Slow Roasted Lamb with Croquant Ratatouille, more veggies and less fats are totally our style. And maybe a loaf of french bread!
What would you have for your French Inspired Meal??