The week of anniversaries continued as Hubby and I celebrated
our 25th this week. With a busy week of family and friends, I was
thankful to find an easy recipe - even if it did not involve Jerusalem
artichokes. We are set to pick those up in the morning at the local farmer's
market, along with the veal shanks that I ordered from a local artisan
cheese/dairy farmer we met at the recent farm to table event. After checking
multiple stores this week and last, Nana and I decided to do a makeup
week and not fight nature and the oncoming season of "sunchokes".
Like Nana, I chose a make up rillette recipe - going for the tuna.
The first thing I liked about this recipe is that the ingredients are
items that I always have on hand. If no crème fraîche,
Dorie explains that you can use heavy cream.
Tuna, a few spices and a whir through the Cuisinart and you have
a "company worthy" little treat. I think that I unfortunately
gave mine a whir too much (or perhaps a dollop too much of the
crème fraîche) because it was a bit smoother than I had hoped for.
But consistency aside, the taste was fabulous. Curry is not a spice
I would have added without Dorie's suggestion and it was fabulous.
This made a perfect addition to a cheese platter we noshed on
one night and my son polished off the leftovers as a snack. Yum.
Per Nana ~
I am posting two recipes, both using smoked salmon, which I prepared
a while back but did not post. The first is salmon rillettes.
We have made three different rillettes recipes while participating in
"French Fridays with Dorie" and each one was made with a different
ingredient to bind it together. The tuna had crème fraîche, the sardine
used cream cheese, and now this smoked salmon version called for butter.
I loved the combination of the poached salmon mixed with the smoked - it gave
it a wonderful, chunky texture. Perfect on crackers with a glass of wine.
My second make up recipe is the smoked salmon waffles.
Unfortunately, I do not own a waffle machine.
Then I remembered that we had some old items in the basement
that had belonged to Hubby's mother.
I came across this 1950/1960 vintage Toastmaster Waffler.
It originally had a two year warranty on it. No lights, buzzers, directions, etc.
I cleaned it, gently plugged it in and hoped for the best.
I was really surprised that it actually worked. I tested the machine with
three waffles before actually adding the salmon to the batter.
The end result was a perfect little snack that we enjoyed.
Happy French Friday ~