It's been a while.
All is well. I promise.
I didn't mean to stay away so long. But sometimes, life happens.
Like...the company you work for announces an acquisition, resulting in several unplanned trips all over the country. (Headed to the airport again in a few hours...)
Like...deciding to carpet half the house, which means ripping that half of the house apart and painting and sleeping on couches.
Like... Runner Girl coming home from college.
Like...the Daughter of the Dude getting married. No, I don't really have any pictures - it was way too crazy. Sorry. But...if you e-mail me (and if I know you), I can send you a link to the photographers posting.
Needless to say, my kitchen (and many other things in my world) has been sadly neglected. We won't even talk about what may have happened food-wise over the past few weeks. It hasn't been pretty. (Thank goodness it's finally grill season).
However, yesterday the kitchen received a whopping dose of love as I set my FFwD universe back in order one recipe at a time. (You knew I couldn't stay away too long...)
So, let's get caught up.
First up - piperade stir fry. I am not a huge bell pepper fan, but the rest of the family loves this simple saute of bell peppers (I added a sweet onion in on the front end) that was simmered with a little garlic, red wine vinegar and some berbere seasoning (I didn't have the recommended pepper). It could not have been easier. This was a great accompaniment to grilled chorizo (and grilled chicken for my non-sausage enthusiasts).
Next up - smoked salmon waffles. This one was a surprising hit. Savory waffles (no sugar + pepper) were topped with thinly sliced smoked salmon, creme fraiche and finished off with some scallions and chives.The eaters were very skeptical during the make process, but these ended up being a "must make again". Go figure...
With that, I am back on track. Next week's salmon rillettes have already been made, so I hope not to be delinquent again.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The LYL (leave your link) to Smoked Salmon Waffles can be found here and the LYL to Piperade Stir Fry can be found here.