It’s a short and sweet French Fridays with Dorie post this week. I’m currently in Epernay, working hard learning all about the elaboration of champagne. If you don’t believe me, look at Mr Neil, working hard at Moët et Chandon…. Note-taking and everything….
In any case, many thanks to the lovely Cher for scanning and emailing me the Dorie recipes so I wouldn’t have to miss one (I haven’t missed one yet since October 2010 and I don’t plan on it!). When I saw this week’s recipe (Tomato-Cheese Tartlets, P 164-165) I was pretty happy. A simple recipe making use of things I have easy access to – beautiful tomatoes and plentiful goat cheese…
No, I didn’t make my own pastry this week (having only *just* survived the pie making last weekend and with another pastry coming up for Tuesdays with Dorie next week too) but fortunately there is fabulous pre-made (and rolled) pastry here in France so I took advantage…
Oh look – quelle surprise – I made MINI sized ones. Just for a change. Actually they were fantastic lil snacks after a hard day’s champagne tasting….
I made three to test them out (It took me ages to figure out the oven in our rental house here and then I didn’t have a second baking tray to weigh the puff pastry down and it was, well, puffy – puffier than it should be…) and as soon as I had taken their pictures, they were pretty much snaffled up my mum, dad and Neil. Fortunately there were more. I loved these – tapenade, tomatoes and goat cheese with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of thyme. So easy, so tasty!
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we prefer if you purchase Around My French Table for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!) which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Go on, treat yourself – join us! I have not missed a week since October 2010 and the recipes that I didn’t like I can count on one hand.
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Can’t join me in Paris this summer? How about “Un après midi à Paris” – a new class I will be teaching at Aprhrodite Cooks this coming October? Join me for a sweet afternoon learning the secrets to some classic French desserts: the elusive macaron, profiteroles, tarte au citron, madeleines and mendiants. We’ll be making “petit four” sizes of each in a hands on class and participants will leave with a box of the class’s creations. After the class you will receive recipes to help you recreate your Parisian treats at home. Refreshments of tea and coffee and infused waters enjoyed throughout the afternoon. Click to book your spot for this exciting new class on Saturday October 13th 2012.
I’m also thrilled to be teaching my first macaron class at Aphrodite Cooks in November – Macarons: Simple comme Bonjour! “Simple comme bonjour” means “as easy as A, B, C” and really, macarons are not as difficult as everyone makes them out to be. Spend the afternoon in a hands-on class, learning the secrets of this temperamental, yet exquisite French delicacy – you’ll leave with some of your creations and a new found confidence (and recipes!) to tackle the cookie with the bad reputation all by yourself at home! Refreshments and snacks will be served. Click to book your spot in this new macaron class on Saturday November 3rd 2012.
Follow my French travels on Flickr this summer with my Summer 2012 set of photos – updated regularly!