Oh my word was it stormy here last night! The wind gusts were so powerful, I was worried a window would break. Our power was out for 5 hours and there are multiple trees down all over town! Anyway, it was a doozy in these parts.
On to the food!
A couple years ago–I’m not sure exactly when–I found some dried turkish apricots at a store. Ever mindful of the recipes in Around My French Table, I greedily purchased them and then ran home to figure out which recipe they were for.
When I saw this week’s assignment, I was fairly certain I’d made it before, but I checked anyway. Here’s what I found:
I decided I’d not make it again. I did consider it for about 2 seconds, thinking that I should try again in case our dislike was more situational (and because of that darned Israeli couscous), but I had a rump roast sitting in my freezer. So, boeuf à la mode it was!
I marinated the roast overnight in red wine with some vegetables. I then forgot to put it in the oven after browning it. It was only the timer going off some 2.5 hours later, when I excitedly went to take it out of the oven, that I saw the pot still on the stove. It was a busy weekend last weekend, I guess.
Once I did finally cook the thing, it smelled fantastic in the house!
I let the flavors meld overnight in the fridge and then had to quickly prepare some sides for the pot roast on a busy evening after teaching. I had fennel, carrots, snap peas, and spinach. So, I put the spinach back in the fridge, and chopped the snap peas and tossed them with some homemade champagne vinaigrette. I found this recipe for quick sautéed fennel and carrots (I didn’t add the sugar–who needs it?) and then plated everything up.
Please understand that what I’m going to say about the visuals above is my honest assessment and in no way am I writing it to garner compliments. I seriously felt like this looked like a tv dinner. I tried to make it slightly better by adding some of the veggies I’d strained out on top of the beef, but it was to no avail. My husband laughed and said it looked like airplane food in first class. Yes, that too. Taste-wise, the sides were great! But, we both realized we are not really fans of pot roast. Never have been and probably won’t ever be. Hey, if anyone was going to convince me to like pot roast, it’d be a recipe from Dorie Greenspan.
Ah, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But! I’m going to make Next-Day Beef Salad with it later today or tomorrow (another makeup! I’m on a roll! ETA: I realized this recipe is not a makeup! Thanks, all!) I don’t think it’s possible I won’t like that recipe.
I made speculoos! A friend was coming over with her 16-month-old and I have always wanted to make these cookies. I also want to make the chicken with them, so you know, it was imperative that I made them. Imperative.
YUM! These little things are really addictive. I love how they taste really good from the initial bite, but there’s that extra kick of cinnamon and ginger that flourishes later! I had to hide them so we didn’t eat them all in one sitting.
There was one mishap. I’ll caution you to just move along if you’re not amused by somewhat crude humor!
One of my snowmen had some trouble with a tree:
I was getting ready to take a photo of the whole pan, thinking how nice it all looked, when I realized that it was kind of funny. Okay, I’ll put away 9-year-old me now. 🙂
Well, that’s it for this week! Oh, and the holiday cards are rolling in and I am loving receiving them and seeing the recipes (for those who included them). So much fun and so festive!