Due to the 2 years of blogging I missed, I assume every recipe that is new to me has already been cooked by the group. I felt that way about this salad and, as some of you know from last week, about the Next-Day Beef Salad. However, as my high school chemistry teacher used to say: assuming makes an a$$ out of “u” and “me.” What’s kind of funny is that I actually get a tad disappointed because I am hoping to catch up as much as possible. I know intellectually that I can use that future week to catch up on a recipe the group has cooked before and so that is what I will do.
I made the Orange & Olive salad–a delightful concoction of oranges, olives, onions, and olive oil–after reading the Bonne Idée for the Osso Buco à L’Arman back when we made that dish. Sometimes the Little Girl (she’s not a baby anymore, as she reminds us daily) will wolf down oranges and the like, and others she absolutely refuses. That was a refusenik day, so Orange & Olive salad it was. We enjoyed it, as I recall. I think I accidentally had a remarkably sweet grapefruit in there as well, looking at that photo, so that can be used in the salad without ill effect.
Makeup: Cinnamon Crunch Chicken
I did have some ulterior motives when making the Speculoos last week: I could knock out another makeup with this chicken recipe! The chicken was quick to put together, mixing the crushed speculoos with some creme fraiche and adding it to the nearly-cooked chicken strips for a few minutes, and I enjoyed it. Not my favorite chicken dish in the world, but it was something different, which I always appreciate. I served it with a chard, shallot, and roasted butternut squash side. I had a ton of veggies to cook up on Sunday and that recipe helped me use up a big bunch of chard and half of a squash! Together with the chicken, it was a warming but very healthy dinner!
Making the chicken, I must admit, did pose some difficulties. It was a rainy evening, my husband wasn’t coming home until very late due to a work holiday party, and the Little Girl wanted to help her mama. I thought that last was lovely, but she didn’t just want her own pan: she wanted to stir and touch my pan. My very hot pan. It was a near miss a few times, and when I tried to push her tower further away she shouted “CLOSER!” Sigh. We won’t be doing that again.
I have so much enjoyed receiving the cards and seeing the lovely recipes some have included! I am going to have a hard time choosing for next week. I wish I had the time to make them all!