I’m a little late in getting my blog post written for the Aug. 8 & 9th’s Weekend in a French Kitchen’s recipes due to an illness in the family and another long work week. The recipe from A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson was Duck Breast Grilled Over Grapevines. I would have loved to have tried this recipe but no duck to be found in my area. Grapevines on the other hand are right down the road at my Dad’s. I do hope to try this one someday though if I’m ever lucky enough to find some duck at a reasonable price.
I did find the time to make Daniel Boulud’s recipe from Cafe Boulud, which was Trao-Mad with Peach Compote.
When I first saw the title of the recipe I had no idea what was in store for me. Was pleased to learn it is a cookie with the peach compote. I decided to make a half recipe of the cookies since 32 cookies sounded like quiet a lot. After tasting a cookie both with and without the compote I realized that was a mistake since they are delicious. I didn’t have almond flour so I took the author’s tip to grind some almonds up in my food processor. I love the taste the almonds gave to the other ingredients in the cookie. I hope to try the leftover compote either on pancakes on hot southern biscuits. I skipped the step of dipping the peaches in boiling water then cold before peeling since my peaches were so ripe they were easy to peel with my fingers. I got some great ones at our local farmers market. I also had saffron on hand since I’d gotten some at Trader Joes awhile back for Ina Garten’s delicious tomato soup.
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Next weekend’s recipes are Lacquered Chicken with Noodle Salad (p. 234) from Cafe Boulud Cookbook and Pistachio Sabayon with Strawberries and Meringues (p. 144) from A Kitchen in France.