Uh huh, so yeah, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was a lovely sounding Salmon with Basil Tapenade (p 299). Lovely if you like salmon. Which I don’t. If I was at home I would have made this for Mr Neil but since I am not (and I was shopping for this on Monday – NEVER buy fish on Monday!) I decided that I would make a chicken version of this. I mean, the point of the recipe is not really salmon or no salmon, it’s about making a lovely little pocket in something and stuffing it with tapenade-y goodness.
The tapenade is mixed with some basil or mint (I used both) and lemon zest and juice. A little of this mix is later added to some olive oil to make a kind of dressing for the
salmon chicken. Dorie cooks the salmon on the stove and finishes it in the oven but I coated my chicken with a little flour and pan fried it in butter to get that lovely golden colour. I served it to friends accompanied by Julia Child’s ratatouille and next week’s Dorie recipe (also a bit of an “adapted” version!) – a lemony pilaf. It was a perfect summer meal. Even if, you know, it’s not summery weather….
French Fridays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs, rather, we prefer if you purchase Around My French Table for yourselves (trust me, you definitely want this book!)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!