This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is Braised Cardamom-Curry Lamb (which I nominated this month!). It is a traditional stew with untraditional flavors. The traditional: lamb, onions, garlic, and potatoes browned in olive oil and then braised on the stove for over an hour. The untraditional: mint, curry powder, cardamom, honey, dried figs, and apple.
The end result is a delicious stew that I served over rice pilaf with peas on the side. I loved the complex flavors. My 7 year old daughter LOVED this! She often shies away from red meats, but this one she devoured. A hit with the whole family!
Not so much a hit was last week’s FFWD recipe (which I made but never got around to posting about): Spiced Squash, Fennel, and Pear Soup. On paper it sounded delicious. Roasted butternut squash was cooked with onion, fennel, celery, spices, and pears. The whole thing was pureed and served with a drizzle of cream. While we didn’t hate this (actually my daughter may have hated it) we didn’t love it either. I have made other butternut squash soups that we like better. One thing I particularly didn’t like was the overpowering flavor of the orange peel (I wasn’t sure if the peel was to be removed before pureeing the soup; I didn’t remove it, but definitely would next time).
Next week’s French Friday is “cook’s choice”. I will be catching up on a couple of FFWD recipes I missed and my whole extended family will be the guinea pigs. I can’t wait!
Finally, I want to apologize to my fellow bloggers for not reading and commenting on your blogs much lately. I have been having trouble finding the time to read my blogs and it doesn’t look like I’ll have much time until after Thanksgiving weekend. Hopefully the week after Thanksgiving I will have some time to catch up. I have missed you guys!