[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he quest to cook everything in 2 Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks has been great. Lots of new foods and tastes and things I will repeat, you can read my previous posts here. But also there is the stuff that I will never again cook. So, in the quest for transparency and honesty in blogging, I wanted to share with you today the things we didn't like (which for my husband, is everything that isn't a dessert)
1- Spinach in Puff Pastry: first off, I didn't buy puff pastry but accidentally got phyllo pastry instead AND I stuffed them with WAY too much spinach. I wouldn't make these again.
2- Rosemary Cashews: I don't like normal cashews so I don't like cashews with butter and rosemary. NO BUENO.
3- Strawberry Tarts: These, in theory, should be good. I even made the custard on the inside from scratch. But I put too much strawberry on it and they got gooey. I won't complete give up on this recipe and may attempt it again when the strawberries can be fresh from the garden and not the freezer bag.
4- The two drinks: Cassis à l'eau and Kir: underwhelming. Is Crème de Cassis even alcohol? I will stick to beer and clam.
5- Loin of Pork with Fennel: If you look at her actual recipe, the pork loin is supposed to be wrapped delicately around the fennel and crouton mixture. Yup, not here. It was a fennel explosion with a side of pork.
6- Steak with Béarnaise sauce: The picture looks delicious but I should have made sure I had all the ingredients. I still haven't been able to find champagne vinegar so I (sillily) used red wine vinegar instead and I didn't have tarragon or white wine, so basically I didn't make the right recipe and it was a pink soup that tasted like slop instead.
7- Zucchini Gratin: any gratin is not cool with the kids. I should add the Eggplant gratin as well. Weirdos. Same goes with the Vegetable Tian. Maybe they just don't like gruyère?
Glad to have the failures out of the way and to see what my kids don't like. Also, wish me luck, I'm serving duck for Easter....yikes.
Have a delicious weekend