So um yeah. It’s been busy around here lately. Well, not maybe the blog but my life. I seem to be wearing about 10 different hats and working on 10 billion projects (all will be revealed soon, don’t worry!) and no, it’s not an exaggeration. Well maybe just a little 😉 In any case, I am so busy that I completely messed up this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe. Knowing it was “Sardine Rillettes” I wasn’t a very happy camper. Not only do I not like fish very much but I particularly don’t like things like sardines. I mean, I am learning to like and trying more and more fish but sardines will remain at the bottom of my “to try” list. Sorry lil fishies 🙁
Anyway, I didn’t end up making sardine rillettes in the end. I really did mean to. Really. Even though I knew that I wouldn’t eat them. Even though I knew I had no idea how to debone the lil suckers. But as I was reading the recipe (page 25), Dorie references the (even for a non-salmon eater like me) much nicer sounding Salmon Rillettes (page 26) and I turned the page to see what that might be about. No deboning required there. And a vaguely nicer smell (you have to understand for someone who will only eat salmon when they are appearing on a nationally televised reality show because it would be rude not to, this is a huge compliment to the salmon!).
And for whatever reason, I stuck my Post-It note in the Salmon Rillette page and left it there.
Yup, that’s the sound of me pretending the recipe wasn’t the sardine rillettes. I went ahead and ordered the ingredients to make the salmon dish. Just like that. Maybe it was my subconscious sardine hater acting on my behalf but I was clearly not my organised self. To be fair, it was 5am when I was placing the grocery order so I claim the “no coffee” factor.
When I realised my mistake, it was 3 hours before our guests were due to arrive. And too late to go out and get sardines (well, maybe not bit clearly it WAS, you know). So I just blundered on and substituted the smoked and poached salmon for the sardines. No de-boning required. And you know what?
Everyone enjoyed it (everyone but me). A lot. People were dubious. You know, salmon and cream cheese. But people loved it. And someone requested it for another party this coming weekend. Well oh-kay then. I was just glad it was a pretty colour for the photos 😉
Next time? I promise to read the recipe properly. Sorry Dorie. Sorry Doristas!
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we prefer if you purchase Around My French Table for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!)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 and join us this year!
Did you know? I am leading a foodie tour of Paris this July! Read all about it here. We’ve only got 2 spots left!!!
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