Contrary to popular opinion, I have not fallen off the face of the earth - I am alive and kicking...or something like that.
As of today, my house is on the market and the past few weeks have been filled with cleaning and painting and tossing and painting and remodeling and painting... Have I mentioned that there was painting involved? For a while, I was beginning to think that Linen White was going to be my new hair color - we won't even talk about ceiling painting or the 8+ hours it took to repaint the dining room into a realtor approved color. (She's a task master, that one...)
One weekend involved at least 14 trips to Home Depot - I kid you not. I think my home improvement store quota has been used up for at least the next twenty years.
It was worth it in the end when I sent over the listing photos to the realtor and her reply was that she wished I would come take pictures of all her listings for her.
Somewhere in the middle of all that, there was a totally awesome Dorista meetup.
Amidst all of this "stuff", there was some cooking - just not a whole lot of posting going on (Instagram can bear witness to the time frame). Without further ado...
Roast pork with mango and lychees: 1) I have been on a freezer and pantry cleaning mode; 2) after a day of painting, I wanted quicker gratification and 3) since just two of us were eating, we didn't want too much food. Mangoes were in the freezer; I couldn't find lychees; The Dude likes pork tenderloin.
The pork was roasted in the oven (along with some Brussels sprouts); I modified the directions for the sauce and made it stove top and then combined it with the tenderloins for the last couple of minutes of cooking.
I went into this dish fully expecting to not care for it - it ended up being one of my favorite AMFT dishes. I would make this again.
The next dish that took my by surprise was (not) sardine escabeche. I have been dreading this recipe since day one (salmon in a jar, part deux). The thought of filleting tiny sardines made me as happy as a teenager that was just told to scrub the toilets...or something like that.
I really and truly did try to find fresh sardines in the supermarket, but no dice...
However, I did have uncooked shrimp in the freezer - Hello bonne idee!!! It was a bonus that all of the other ingredients were already in the house.
Even with the sardines out of the picture, I was still pretty skeptical about this dish. Shrimp marinated in vinegar and olive oil and spices (and a couple of extra hot peppers for good measure)?
This ended up being dinner after another long day of painting (and at least a half dozen trips to Home Depot). Throw in some crusty bread, garlic stuffed olives, cheese and a few other sundries and no one was feeling gypped that dinner was not fresh from the oven.
Now, I am finally back on track with this week's recipe: cheesecake tart.
I went to the store and picked up what I thought were the ingredients for this before I read the recipe (i.e. cream cheese). When I finally realized that the "cheese" in this cheesecake tart was cottage cheese, I just couldn't stop shaking my head. My head was still shaking when I read that raisins were involved.
I decided to be a good trooper and added the raisins (always an optional ingredient in my mind); after a half hour soak in a cup of rum, I deemed them tart worthy.
This dessert was enjoyed by all, but I couldn't stop thinking about a particular 1980's video game...
Now that we're all caught up, I am still in a state of disbelief that there are only two recipes left before I have cooked all the way through Around My French Table. What the heck am I supposed to feed my family each week after this adventure is done???? I am at a loss here. There is more to say in the coming weeks, but still...
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.