So this week we made up for lost time by preparing last week's and this week's Around My French Table recipes, Coconut-Lemongrass Pork for dinner and Citrus Berry Terrine for dessert.
I liked the pork but I didn't love it. I was surprised at how roasted it tasted. I don't know if that was the spice combination or it was that I over-seared the pork at the outset, but I didn't feel like there was a lot of depth of flavor. I didn't notice the lemongrass or even the coconut flavors at all. Maybe I did something wrong. It was still a good little meal. I probably won't try it again but it was a fun experiment, and my 'cool spices' section of the spice rack is growing weekly.
I was not sure at all about the citrus berry terrine when I approached that recipe. I stay as far away from Jell-O as I can, and this basically looked like a Jell-O mold, with berries in orange gelatin. So I was extremely pleasantly suprised to find that this stuff was really delicious. It's so dependent on the quality of your ingredients - I bought some fresh-squeezed OJ at H&H, and I think it really made all the difference. Of course, the oranges came from the Hong Kong Market and they were so, so dried out that I could only use 1/2 of each segment; with good citrus segments this would have been perfect.
It was great to get caught up with the Dorie recipes. I'm looking forward to the August selections, too. And I don't remember if the bacon-egg-asparagus salad has been featured on FFWD yet since I started late, but we made that earlier this week and OMG was that ever good. Just so good. Everyone who has this book should prepare it tonight. And if you don't have the book, go buy it so you can make it later tonight.
As always, you can check out everyone's take on this week's recipe here. For the recipes, go get this wonderful cookbook!!