I love celebrating special occasions and milestones with food. Whether it’s a special homemade meal or a nice dinner out, good food is always involved. Cooking special meals for my family is an expression of love to me. But I also enjoy a good meal where I don’t have to cook!
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Buckwheat Blini with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche, happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary (11 years!) so I decided it would make the perfect appetizer for a special anniversary dinner.
I have never eaten blini before. They are pretty much a yeasted pancake made with part buckwheat flour. The buckwheat adds a whole lot of flavor. Topped with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and a bit of fresh dill, they make a very sophisticated appetizer.
I really liked the combination of flavors. I didn’t let my crème fraîche get quite thick enough, but it still tasted good. My husband thought they were OK, but felt the salmon would be better just on a cracker.
The rest of our meal was lovely as well. We had Roast Chicken for les Paresseux with potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts. For dessert we had Split-Level Pudding from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours (while I’m not a participant in Tuesdays with Dorie, I’ve seen enough TWD posts to convince me to buy the book!).