Who’s ready for the holidays?
We (mostly) are.
This time of year makes me want to cook. A lot. When I saw that this month’s Recipe Redux Challenge was to open a cookbook and execute whatever was on p. 216, I knew exactly what cookbook to use. Julia! It’s the perfect excuse to start Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
It just so happened to be something I can’t even pronounce: Coquilles St. Jacques À La Parisienne. The translation is scallops and mushrooms in white wine sauce.
I’m not going to lie – the thought of French cooking intimidates me. There were three parts to the recipe, several bowls and pots, and a LOT of butter and cream. This isn’t usually how I roll in the kitchen, but I swallowed hard and started cooking.
One step at a time, I worked through the recipe. The methodology was entirely new to me. I’ve never boiled seafood and I’ve never made a cream sauce or gravy (which I typically don’t like). Having grown up in the South what I know of gravy is a super rich topper for biscuits. This was similar, but used in an entirely different way. I actually DID like it!
Vegas and I both loved our dinner, but agreed it was a bit rich… even after I omitted some of the butter and cheese! Had I to do it again, I’d make half the sauce. No regrets though; I had no idea what to expect and it was a really fun, delicious experience.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a savory breakfast, but for some reason I woke up craving pancakes. I used the last of my white chocolate P28 protein pancake mix. We added apples, cinnamon, an extra egg white, and some of Meghan’s granola (thank you for the present!).
Whole Foods post-workout is always a dangerous idea. We hd to go to get scallops, but first we got lunch. And beer (don’t judge!). We shared shrimp summer rolls and a “Southern” themed hot bar box. Guess who chose what…
This was the pièce de résistance.
Of course, we had to have dessert. In liquid form. My eggnog recipe will be posted just in time for Christmas (i.e. tomorrow).
Update: here it is!
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What was the last recipe you attempted that intimidated you a bit?