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Megans Cookin: Taste and Create-French Style

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Taste and Create-French Style

I signed up for an event called Taste and Create created by Nicole of For The Love of Food. It's where she pairs up blogger and they create a recipe from the other persons blog.
I was paired up with the blog La Recette du Jour.
What fun it was to explore a new blog. But I have to admit, I had a bit of culture shock.
With recipes like Moules farcies au four and Besuc al Horno,
whats a california girl to pick? There were tempting treats like
Gratin de fruits au sabayon and Apricot and Almond Clafoutis
but I really wanted a dinner.

So my decision?
Chicken with 50 cloves of garlic and
Petits Pains au Lait
The chicken was so moist and fragrent. It was stuffed with a bouget of rosemary, thyme and parsly and it was baked on a bed of garlic. 50 garlic cloves to be exact. Thumbs up from all members of the family. This will be made again!
I paired it with some Petits Pain au Lait, slightly sweet dinner rolls. Now I do know that flours are different and I'm not sure but the recipe called for 600g of ordinary soft cake flour. Cake flour? O.k. then, I'll use cake flour. That can't be right, can it?
And were my calculations right? Does 5 cups =600g?
Then come to find out that 60g of butter is not 4 TBSP. It is 2 TBSP.
O-well. can you have to much butter?
Although my rolls were very good, they weren't as light as I expected.
I made my dough in the bread machine so it was easy as could be. I tried to get fancy and make clover rolls. Next time? Ordinary rolls.And I will try it with bread flour and the right amount of butter.
But again, thumbs up from the family! They were also quite tasty the next day with a cup of tea.

So, it was a delight to try the different recipes from La Recette du jour. Maybe next time I'll tackle the Lemon bars or the Marquise au chocolat.


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Blogger glamah16 said...

Now thats a dinner!

March 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:-) Those conversions are a challenge, aren't they? I nearly always mess up when I do them in the other direction, viz my ricotta cake! I'm sure too much butter never hurt anyone :-)

I did find this conversion page useful, even if I did proceed to ignore the results :-)

Glad you enjoyed the chicken (great photo too). For the rolls, you could try half bread flour and half plain flour next time -- they're meant to be a bit soft and cakey.

Taste & Create is a great idea -- it's good to get out of your comfort zone and try something different. Maybe I'll attempt those cupcakes yet!

March 23, 2008 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

What a fun event! That dinner sounds wonderful!

March 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Ok seriously, you need to inform me of these fun events! lol I absolutely love garlic, so I may need to try this 50 cloves of garlic chicken. I am half Italian, after all.

March 23, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger foodierachel said...

Ah, I've always wanted to try this. Maybe I'll try it now!

March 24, 2008 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

haha Thanks for letting me know that I was featured on Marye's blog. I probably wouldn't have noticed any time soon :)

March 24, 2008 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Marq said...

It sounds like fun! Next time definitely use an online conversion page. I must say that the chicken and the rolls look delicious. I'm stuck at work right now doing mandatory OT and you have my stomach growling, girl!!

P.S. Too much butter.....Hmmm, I recently had a run in with "too much butter". Luckily it turned out fantastic!

Love the blog!

March 24, 2008 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chicken with *50* cloves of garlic?! i've only ever heard of/had chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, so this recipe must be 25% better.

March 25, 2008 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Michelle-I thought the same thing when I saw the recipe. I quess the 40 clove recipe must be the American version of a 50 clove French Classic! 40 or 50, It's delicious.

March 26, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

Oooh, 50 cloves of garlic is adventurous! Looks very nice.

March 29, 2008 at 7:00 AM  

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