I’m back! After a long hiatus, I’ve returned to the land of cooking and blogging. The French Fridays with Dorie group has faithfully completed Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. They’ve since renamed the group Cook the Book Fridays and chosen a new book to devour, namely the very famous David Lebovitz’s latest creation, My Paris Kitchen. I’m a huge fan! This book is so beautiful you want to tuck into bed with you at night (at least I did).
The recipe for this week is spiced meatballs with sriracha sauce. David’s story surrounding these delicious morsels helps transport the reader to Paris. This cookbook truly reads like a novel. As I finally made my first pilgrimage to Paris last January whilst visiting our daughter Hannah, anything describing this magical city holds my attention.
Here I am with our daughter Hannah at the Louvre and of course, I had to visit the iconic cooking supply store E.Dehillerin (thank you for homework assignment, Susan Holding) which just HAPPENED TO BE AROUND THE CORNER FROM OUR HOTEL!
Admittedly, I wasn’t out in Paris at three in the morning, so I never tried street food. The recipe was simple and straightforward. The scent of warm spices filled my new kitchen. It is a true pleasure to cook since my generous husband said yes to every one of my requests during the remodel. See for yourself!
It doesn’t always look that clean. It also gives the central air system a run for it’s money in the middle of summer. It is also quite possible that I love it more than my husband.
I chose to bake the meatballs. It seemed easiest. Unfortunately, they were in the oven a bit too long. The taste was spot on but they should have been taken out about four minutes earlier. I made both sauces mentioned in the recipe, along with a lovely Middle Eastern inspired quinoa salad and hummus. They could have been a wee bit spicier for my taste. This recipe would be perfect for a cocktail party. Our family enjoyed the meal while watching The Breakfast Club. It was time for Eli to see it! When I asked him the day after what he thought a “lesson” of the movie was, he replied, “That you should be worried that you will turn out like your parents.” There are worse things in the world…………………………