Here we are back at the weekend and enjoying some french deliciousness! First we made Cherry Clafoutis from Mimi Thorrison's book A Year in My French Farmhouse. I believe it is pronounced cla-foo-tee. If I am wrong please correct me! Mimi said to leave the cherries unpitted, but to avoid broken teeth, I chose to pit mine. This was pretty easy to prepare, but I had a hard time getting it out of the pan. Next time I will line the pan with parchment paper as I think that would help. It puffed up beautifully in the oven, but when you take it out, it quicky loses its puffiness.
I finally got it onto a plate, and we took two pieces out to taste test. It was delicious. My photos really do not do it justice!
Next, we cooked Andrew Carmellini's Bowtie Pasta with Tomato, Arugula and Mozzarella. This had several steps to go through to get to the finish. At first I was unclear as to why we were discarding the spices, but after tasting it became clear that the spices were infused in the oil and gave a very rich flavor to the sauce. I found these beautiful tomatoes at Williams Apple Orchard store nearby.
I loved how the mozzarella cubes on top of the pasta melted the next day when I reheated it. Delicious. This was a very good pasta.
Kind of looks like Mr. Boulud is looking over my pasta there in the first pic. I was trying to get a shot of the pasta with the book cover Café Boulud. Best laid plans do not sometimes pan out.
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