Another short and sweet French Fridays with Dorie post this week. I know you’ll be disappointed to hear I did not make this recipe in Paris – but it just worked out that I fit it in my schedule before I left in June. To be honest, I have been so busy this week with cooking classes and making things like terrine (dealing with liver – eeeew!) and cakes (my first ever baking experiment in Paris, even including all the years I lived here!) that I wouldn’t have had time to make this anyway. So it’s just as well that I was organised!
Dorie says that “it’s hard to go wrong with a sauce based on coconut milk, cardamon, coriander, curry and fresh lemongrass” and I tend to agree. I do think something went a bit wrong with this dish though, because whilst it tasted really good, it looked nothing like it was supposed to based on the photos and Dorie’s description (p. 274). Time being of the essence just before I left, I chose to not add the separately-cooked root vegetables to the sauce just before serving (it was also a bit hot for that!) so I ended up with something more along the lines of an Asian soup. Dorie does say that the sauce is not particularly thick so maybe I did get it right. I guess reading the recipe and looking at the photos, I thought it would be a heartier dish. The fact that it wasn’t was actually ok. I know Mr Neil found this a bit odd but I had some the following day and it was much tastier (the flavours benefit from a night in the fridge!) and once I got my head around it not being as I thought it would, I was actually quite pleased. I would try this same sauce with chicken and use rice noodles for a completely different, but just as simple, dish that would be perfect for both the outrageous heat you’ve been experiencing over in North America and the ridiculous cold and rain we have been dealing with here in Europe 😉
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Keep up with me this summer through my Summer 2011 Flickr set. I will be updating this with day to day pictures (read: not all food photos!) fairly regularly so head on over there if you are interested. You never know what or who you might see there, like, you know… Dorie….