Saturday, May 18, 2013

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” ~ Julia Child, My Life in France




So yes, BITE travelled to France for our most recent adventure - and it was wonderful, as always!  I can say that for myself, personally - my recipe was a stretch for me - but a good stretch!

To begin with, Ellen prepared Baked Brie in Puff Pastry.  She had me at "brie".  I adore brie - adore it. I wish that I could adore something a bit more healthy, like brussels sprouts - but no.  If you click on the recipe you will find not only the recipe, not only a detailed "how-to" video, but also a photo that will show you that Ellen got it all just right!



Next, Tierney provided a side dish of Ratatouille.  So flavorful - even I enjoyed the eggplant - go figure!


For our main course, Chris served up Coquilles St. Jacques.  I love seafood, so this was a serious hit with me - and anything topped with a sauce with Gruyere in it - um - YES!  It was just superb.


Lastly we come to my dessert, Tarte Au Citron.  I know that I have said here before that I am not a baker, and I'm not.  So - for me to undertake this recipe was a testament to why I am in this group in the first place - to try new things - to go outside my comfort level - to bake!  I must say that it was delicious.  It was not quite as firm as I would have liked but the sweet tartness made it well worth the effort.  Maybe this is why I don't bake - desserts such as this are a real labor of love.



I promise that recipes for May's BITE will be added to the BITE page as soon as my life slows a bit.  Until then - enjoy our brush with France and look forward to June's theme - anything with lemons or limes.  I already know what my appetizer will be!


8 comments:

  1. Note to myself: do not read Tracy's BITE posts when you are hungry!

    I have to try this Pastry! YUMMY!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! The tart really was delicious - as were all of the other dishes! Too bad we are so far apart - I'd invite you to a BITE dinner!

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  2. Bon Appetit!! Wonderful menu. The citron tart look to die for, as does all the dishes. I love your bite club and am so glad you share with us xox Clarice

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  3. Oh I would love to have one bite of everything please !
    Smiles,Dottie

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  4. That was the perfect background music for our reading pleasure! The best description I have for our French meal at Chris's is "memorable". Here's to Chris!

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  5. Yum! Very impressive dishes and a bit of Maurice too!

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    1. Thanks Bev! And thank you for for stopping by- I enjoyed checking out your corner of the world as well!

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