This week was a make-up week for French Fridays and boy, do I have some catching up to do!
First up is a whole lotta tartines! Since I was getting all sorts of cheese, I thought I would go through and just make all the appetizers that used at least two ingredients that I already purchased or had on hand and we did appetizers for dinner earlier this week. It was truly a hit!
The Dieter’s Tartine was simple, easy and tasty! It tested my knife skills, which was fun for me, and the girls really enjoyed seeing their favorite cucumbers and tomatoes cut up into little cubes… and served on bread – which is an easy way to win them over! I can’t wait to make it with some different cheeses, this one has LOTS of potential!
Second up on the list was the Mozzarella, Strawberry & Tomato Salad! This one was one of the best salads we have had this summer! It’s certainly a make again and such a light an easy option for dinner guests! I think the stands of ball and the juice from the strawberry really made this one special!
The peach tartine you see is a little teaser for an upcoming post this week and you will find the recipe for my bruschetta on that same post. Doesn’t it make your mouth water? ?
Lastly, we have what should have been duck with peaches but I had some trouble tracking down duck! No one has had one for two weeks running, fresh or frozen! Although we did go to the fair last weekend and took the girls to see all the farm animals that had been entered and while petting some girl’s pet duck that she had entered, her mom came up to us and asked if we wanted to buy a duck? She could butcher one for us to pick up later. … uh no…. thanks? So I wound up getting a Cornish game hen for the hubby and I to split to make this recipe with.
Sometimes missing a recipe is kismet. Last week peaches were nearly $3/lb! This week? $0.99/lb!! SOLD! ! We bought quite a few so we could make it peach tartine, have fresh peaches for breakfast and to make this recipe with. You might notice s lack of sauce in the photos. … I made this fabulous sauce, as directed, and forgot to sauce the plate before taking any pictures! What a travesty!
The game hen took a bit longer to cook but we got some nice color to the skin and it was rich and crispy! It just soaked up the sauce which was really great! A true treat for the senses! I think I would like to thicken the sauce for next time, but not sure if I will or not – it was certainly something I could even just use as a dip! The peaches were really pretty once they were cooked and took on some beautiful red and purple hues against their golden flesh. Next time I will also be adding more thyme, we all really loved the flavor of the thyme against the peaches. It was just heavenly! I can’t wait to try this one with duck! I’m pretty sure that French Fridays is slowly converting me into a medium-rare duck-eater… !!
To see what the other Doristas made this week, look here! For any of the recipes or to join in on the fun, grab a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table” and get cookin’! You won’t be sorry!