I would like to state for the record, I am adventurous. That trait has followed me into the kitchen. I love trying new recipes and even when they are delicious I rarely make the same thing twice. I know it is kinda weird. This week I tried a bunch new and different recipes and I have to say I am quite delighted with all of them. The first was eggs poached in a tomato sauce. We had it for dinner with a side of Spinach w/ orange (I think I am going to call it Orange Spinach). Both dishes were absolutely fabulous. I had never had poached eggs - let alone poached in tomato sauce but the combination was so good. We are trying to eat less meat so it was a nice way to get our protein in the meal. Sorry I didn't take any food pictures this weekend. So, Saturday Jude, who is always making strange food requests asked me to make Ratatouille. I had never tried it but it is really just a vegetable stew of sorts. The recipe called for eggplant, which I HATE with a passion, regardless I added it because I don't want to be one of those Mom's that won't give her kids something just because she doesn't like it. I did try it but still thought that part was gross. Overall the dish was very good. I made whole wheat couscous as a side and it was very, very good. There are a bunch of different recipes. I used the one from my Joy of Cooking cookbook. We were going to watch the movie afterwards but since the kids just watched it last weekend we settled on Mary Poppins instead. Either way, Jude said my ratatouille wasn't like the one in the movie. Perhaps I should have watched it first.
My last adventure of the weekend was Orange Sherbet! I used my Kitchenaid ice cream attachment and made a very low maintenance sherbet with real orange juice! It was delicious. I left the pulp in - even though the recipe said to strain it out (WHY?). It was tasty.
2 1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup
Mix together and chill.
After chilling add 3/4 cup of half & half with the zest from one orange.
Put it in your ice cream maker and viola!
I love making stuff from scratch. I can't wait to share the stuff I am planning for this week....