Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{TWD} Palets de Dames: Lille Style

Woo hoo! Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook "Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere" is out and this is the first Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from the book! I am hoping I can stick with this and complete the recipes in the book. If you have liked my posts in the past and thought "hey, I would like to do some baking!" Now would be a good time to jump on the bandwagon. You can click that link right up there are go to my amazon affiliate link to purchase it!

The first recipe selected from Baking Chez Moi was Palets de Dames: Lille Style. These little cookies were the perfect little snack. My kiddos snagged a couple of naked cookies while I was frosting the rest and gave a big thumbs up. There was some chill time for these but they were a snap to put together. The frosting had 3 ingredients and was quick to whip up. The cookies baked and cooled quickly. Apparently I have a problem with sprinkles though. I took a dozen of these to a sweet friend who has been letting my son stay with her after school until I can get him. Her daughter said she ate one before school and that they were delicious! I am hoping to share more of the treats I bake from this book. Don't worry, my family will not be like the cobblers children that have no shoes. They will still get plenty of treats but we do want to share.

Make sure to check out Tuesdays with Dorie and the LYL to see how other bakers around the world liked this recipe!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

{Blogging for Books} Eat by Nigel Slater

We have been kind of crazy lately with school, sports, church, substitute teaching, and just living life. That means I have fallen off the cooking and baking wagon completely! In full disclosure....we ate out every night last week except for the night I made something very, very easy. Dorie Greenspan's new book "Baking Chez Moi" just came out so I am about to jump back into Tuesdays with Dorie. In the meantime though I have been looking for easy recipes that I can cook fast for my family.

Enter eat by Nigel Slater:

When I pulled this out of the package the first thing I noticed was the cover of the book. It is paperback but it feels like fabric, is flexible, but it is more solid than paperback. All that to say it felt right in my hands. As I flipped through the pages I noticed the nice photos and the simple recipes. 

Typically I like to have a very organized recipe that includes a list of ingredients but these recipes seem to lend themselves to a little flexibility. 

Today I tried James's Potato Tortilla. The ingredients list included a potato, shallot, egg, and butter. It didn't say what kind of potato so I used red. I didn't have a shallot so I used a small onion. Munchkin was helping me so she seasoned the egg with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder. The photo of the recipe in the book shows a golden hashbrown type item. Mine turned out gray with egg on the top. It tasted great but was not pretty. :) It was fast though and was  enough to share as a side for all of us. 

In the section of the introduction titled "Recipes" Slater talks about how the recipes are written more as "extended tweets." "The ingredients are listed next to a picture of the finished dish...so you can see, at a glance, what you will need."  You do need to read the rest of the recipe for the method. 

I am trying to be more flexible in my cooking and I think this book is exactly what I need for that. Plus, my kiddos can jump in and help out with quick recipes like these.

If you would like to find out more about Nigel Slater you can click here.

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