164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

The recipe
I grew up on boeuf bourguignon, we could be guaranteed to have it at least once a month during the winter. Since a braised dish like this is better a day or two after it’s cooked, my mom would usually make it on a Sunday, and it would sit on the chilly garage floor [...]

16 May 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 10 Comments
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163. Grilled Tuna with Warm White Bean Salad p.299

163. Grilled Tuna with Warm White Bean Salad p.299

The recipe in the book is similar to this one on Epicurious, except that the book calls for larger (6 oz) tuna steaks.
This dish was a triumph. As I’ve mentioned before my dining companion isn’t a fan of fish, and the book has 95 Fish and Shellfish recipes for us to get through. While she’s [...]

14 May 2008 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 2 Comments
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162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

I can’t find a recipe for this soup online.
Typically onion soup is a socially acceptable excuse for sitting down to half a pound of melted cheese. Trying to maneuver those long strands of gooey cheese into ones mouth without getting it all over your front is a social bonding experience best shared with close friends. [...]

14 May 2008 | Soups, The Book | 5 Comments
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161. Beef Stock p.928

161. Beef Stock p.928

The recipe
I can’t escape the conclusion that I’m a food snob. I take satisfaction in looking down on packaged and processed foods, and I give people points for making meals from scratch, double points if the ingredients come from an ethically superior source, and triple points if they grew the food themselves. The ultimate ridiculousness [...]

7 May 2008 | Basics, The Book | 2 Comments
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159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

159. Duck Legs and Carrots p.398

The recipe is from Fergus “Nose To Tail” Henderson’s London restaurant, St. John.
My dining companion and I adore duck, and eat it often, so a new preparation is always exciting for us. I really like the thinking behind this recipe. It takes an underused part of the duck, and brings out its absolute best. Incidentally [...]

18 April 2008 | Poultry, The Book | 2 Comments
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152. Herbed Lima Bean Hummus p.15

152. Herbed Lima Bean Hummus p.15

The recipe
Hummus is a staple of my diet, and although I rarely make them, I quite like lima beans, so, I figured this lima bean hummus was a good bet. I’ve been doing some serious damage to the bean spreads in the book, and this was one of the last ones that really appealed to [...]

29 March 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 3 Comments
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143. Fried Oysters Rémoulade p.329

143. Fried Oysters Rémoulade p.329

The instructions for the oyster’s don’t appear online, but the rémoualde is the same one used in this recipe.
I tried a fried oyster for the first time about six months ago at a very posh restaurant. It was brought out as an unexpected treat between courses, and served with a fiery salsa. It had a [...]

28 January 2008 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 3 Comments
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142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

This recipe from Epicurious is similar to The Book’s version, but the linked recipe has slightly different proportions, and makes twice as much topping. I didn’t read the recipe very thoroughly, and used little Malpeque oysters for the recipe, instead of the “large” oysters the recipe called for, so I had more than enough topping.
We [...]

19 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | Comments Off
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137. Ratatouille p.586

137. Ratatouille p.586

The recipe
Everyone, or at least everyone who cares about food, has a stockpile of formative food memories, often centred on parents and grandparents doing things the way they’d always been done, or traveling experiences where the zeitgeist of your food universe is overturned by a brand new culture. The list of culinary luminaries who trace [...]

7 January 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

136. Mushroom Barley Soup p.113

The recipe
This soup suffers from a serious branding issue. If it had been billed as barely soupy barley stew, with extra barley, some carrots, and hardly any mushrooms at all, I would have known what I was getting into. The blurb for the recipe talks about all the contrasting mushroom flavours and blah blah blah, [...]

7 January 2008 | Soups, The Book | 1 Comment
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