Friday, March 25, 2011

FFWD Week #26: Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce

I love scallops. I used to be a very picky eater and among many other foods I would hardly touch any seafood at all. But as of late, I have come to embrace trying new foods. Fear not mothers of picky eaters - there is hope! Some of the best food I have ever eaten was an octopus and squid dish in Lima, and so from there I have learned that trying different foods is so much fun, and usually quite delicious. With the exception of avocado, yuck! This recipe of Dorie's is surprisingly quick and simple. I thought it was perfect paired with asparagus, as pictured in her book. And the asparagus was delicious with the caramel-orange sauce too! While not one of my favourites, I definitely enjoyed this recipe and it made for a delicious lunch. I loved how the scallops turned out, I thought they were just beautiful. Check out the blogs of all the other French Friday with Dorie members!!
A friend and I decorated sugar cookies for a bake sale yesterday - here are some of what we did:

Sadly, the poor little fox fell as I was leaving my apartment and broken into a million (give or take a few) pieces. Sigh!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A little out of season - Cranberry Lime Galette

I've been wanting to make this Cranberry Lime Galette from Dorie Greenspan's book Baking From my Home to Yours since the Tuesdays with Dorie group baked it back in November, and finally had occasion to do so. However, I was reminded today as I went through all of my favourite blogs, that it is now Spring. Spring is for lemon and strawberries, cranberries are for Fall. Oh well, better late than never - and this galette is definitely too good to be confined to Fall baking!!
I was worried that it might be too tart, but it was absolutely delicious. The cranberries, lime, apple,ginger and almonds went together perfectly to create a deeply flavourful galette. I had planned to serve the galette with White Chocolate Whipped Cream, as Dorie suggests. But I beat the whipped cream one millisecond too long and had a broken mess on my hands instead. Luckily I had some extra cream and so we had it with lightly sweetened whipped cream instead. Still delicious!
Celestial Confections chose this recipe for TWD and has the recipe posted. Please try it, Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter!

Friday, March 18, 2011

FFWD Week #25: Salted Butter Break-Ups

This is a super simple, super addictive cookie. Seriously addictive. I'm glad I had people to share it with! And I agree with Dorie - breaking off pieces of the giant cookie at the table definitely ups the fun factor!! (Please excuse the poor photo of the delicious cookie.)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

FFWD Week # 24: Beggar's Linguine

I've never had pasta like this before: with raisins, figs, pistachios, almonds, Parmesan cheese, orange zest and we mustn't forget the butter! It was yummy, but not something that I will be making again. When it comes to pasta, I'm definitely a sauce kind of girl! These are some of the bagels I made in class this week =) I love school!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

FFWD Week #23: Cheese & Basil Bread

I loved this weeks recipe! I quartered the recipe and made two good-sized muffins. Instead of chives I used fresh basil (from my new plant!), a bit of thyme and a bit of parsely. They were lovely and cheesy - SO good!!