I knew that I would regret not jumping on this back in October with everyone else. I waited until I couldn’t stand to just drool every Friday after Friday…
I finally went (not too far – Hi Amazon) and bought Dorie Greenspan’s, Around My French Table, and… I can’t put it down! It’s on my nightstand, it’s in my kitchen, it’s next to the phone…
You know what I like about this cookbook? It’s EASY! Easy to understand, easy to find the needed ingredients, and it’s easy to like the food. Nothing is overdone; she kept it simple and delicious.
So since I plan to cook from this book at least once a week (probably more – I’ve already made four recipes and I’ve had the book for six days), I have decided to join the other French Fridays with Doriemembers and cook along side them every Friday. Yaaay! If you have something against that, blame Kitchenarian, or Lizzy, Trix, Steph, Mardi, just to name a few… They are the ones that made me drool over every FFwD recipe, week after week.
For this week our assignment was to make this wonderful quinoa (keen-wah) salad (p. 138) accompanied by dried fruits, nuts, and a delicious lemon and ginger vinaigrette.
I liked the fact that I was at liberty to use whatever fruits and nuts I wanted, and the fresh herbs were also all up to me.
After I prepared the quinoa, I gathered the various fruits and nuts that I had in my pantry, then I tossed them together with the quinoa, added in the vinaigrette, and allowed the mixture to rest.
Before serving, Dorie suggests to spoon the quinoa mixture on top of mixed salad greens and to top it off with plain yogurt.
For my portion, I pushed the salad greens to the side because I liked the quinoa just as it was, but I did top it with yogurt, and this added a bit of creaminess to the otherwise crunchy texture of the salad.
My husband didn’t care for it because he doesn’t like the smell of quinoa (whatever) so I invited the other foodie in this family to join me – my Dad. He says that he will gladly have this salad again and again. I agree.
The participants of French Fridays with Dorie do not publish the recipes; we urge you to buy the book and enjoy it together with us. Trust me, you’ll appreciate this book – a lot. I wish I didn’t wait this long to get it. Eh, better late than never.