For supper tonight, I tackled 3 recipes so my total is now at 54 of 90!
The main course was the French bistro steaks with Provençal butter. Mmm. I took the pic before the butter melted. 🙂 The steaks were seasoned with herbes de provence, salt and pepper to create a light crust, then grilled. The butter is what turned the steak from yummy to AWESOME. It was made with butter, minced garlic, capers, chives, thyme, pepper and lemon zest. The recipe called for anchovies but I omitted that. It tasted wonderful regardless.
The second recipe was the side dish: Orange pecan wild rice. I had never made wild rice as the main ingredient in anything before and the flavours in this recipe were very interesting and quite tasty: wild rice cooked in water, chicken stock, butter and salt. Once cooked, I mixed in the roasted pecan halves, green seedless grape halves, orange zest, orange juice, butter and sliced scallions. MmmMmm.
Paired with Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.
The third recipe was dessert: Fruit salad with limoncello. It’s listed under the breakfast section in the cookbook but we love fruit for dessert so it was perfect. The fruit which included raspberries, blueberries, strawberries (we omitted the bananas or the portions would be too large) were mixed in a bowl with sugar and the limoncello (lemon liqueur). Then the sauce was greek yogurt (Balkan style) with lemon curd, honey and vanilla. Just fantastic – the sweet fruit balanced the tart lemon flavour – sooo good. The lemon yogurt could easily be served with numerous other things and it’s so easy to make.
All recipes are from the Back to Basics cookbook by Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten. 54 recipes out of 90 done! I was planning on making the Creamy cheddar grits but can’t find grits anywhere. I’ve never had a grit in my life. Looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer…