This month, I've dusted off yet another of my infrequently used cookbooks, French Food at Home, by Laura Calder. In looking through the book and deciding what to make, I was struck by the simplicity of the recipes, particularly in the chapter titled Dinner Fairly Fast....who doesn't want good tasting food quickly?
The first recipe I made was A Good Coffee Chop (page 102). I used my cast iron pan set on high heat to give the meat a good sear, then lowered the heat to cook it through. We really enjoyed these beautifully caramelized, juicy pork
chops. The coffee used to deglaze the pan at the end produced a rich tasting sauce that wasn't obviously
coffee-flavoured. So good!
In the chapter on side dishes, I found a recipe for Bacony Brussels Sprouts Leaves (page 179) that was a fairly quick way to achieve caramelized Brussels sprouts. I ignored the vegetable prep instructions that involved removing the leaves of the sprouts and discarding the centres. Some leaves
came loose during trimming but the bulk of my dish consisted of thinly
sliced sprouts. They were briefly sautéed then combined with crisp bacon bits. Cooked this way, they retained so much of their colour and texture and didn't taste at all cabbage-y.
Both dishes were delicious and I've bookmarked them to make again.
I'm linking this post to Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking (Makan2) Foray.