I chose a great week to participate again in French Fridays with Dorie. When I saw the group was doing Michel Rostang’s Double Chocolate Torte, I just couldn’t stop myself from trying the recipe!
It’s been a funny week. Funny in a sort of weird funny way. I’ve been fighting fever/sinus infection kind of bug. My head's felt like a balloon about to pop and I think I missed 1/2 of what everyone has said to me. Maybe that's a good thing? ;) My kid almost choked on a piece of plastic wrap from a candy packet. You know, those kind of funny things.
I’m not complaining! My infection is getting better. Most importantly, my swift opening of my kid’s mouth, and even swifter plucking out the plastic was amazing. I was just minding my own business stirring some pastina at the stove for our chicken soup. I turn around and see him gagging on the kitchen floor. I pat myself on the back for not passing out from the high level of stress! Usually my hubby takes care of emergencies like that. He was working. It’s amazing what you think you could never do, you just do.
The incident reminded me of when my brother was four and he swallowed a penny! I remember seeing his torso dangling in mid-air as my mom was shaking him upside down by his ankles. She got the penny out. Whatever works.
So I needed to end my week with a lovely Double Chocolate Torte. I deserved it, for goodness sake! We all deserve it! By the way, I snatched those pretty mint sprigs from my neighbor’s garden. Do we wives/moms/ladies ever get enough thank you’s for all the little fires we put out? Do you thank your mom enough for all the little things she did? I try to remember to thank my mom every day for just being here. Yeah, I’m a good kid.
The recipe is full of wonderful chocolate, espresso, and a touch of Nutella! No, the original recipe doesn’t call for Nutella. I couldn’t stop myself! I added 3 or 4 heaping tablespoons. The recipe was confusing to me. Confusing because Dorie gave three ways to make it. It’s simple and straightforward ingredients, but you could serve it cold, baked and chilled, or warm. I went with the only option that made sense to our family: fresh from the oven.
The French Fridays with Dorie group is not sharing recipes from Around my French Table. You could join the group and cook/bake along with us.
I can’t share the Torte recipe, but I can share my Strawberry Coulis recipe! ;) I know you're excited! It's so easy to make and goes so well with chocolate or even a simple pound cake.
This is what I used to make my Strawberry Coulis design. A simple squirt bottle I got at Wal Mart for I think less than $1. I fill another one with olive oil.
1 cup sliced frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Add the strawberries to a small bowl and let them thaw out. When the strawberries are thawed out, mix the powdered sugar into the strawberries. Put the strawberry mixture into a blender. Blend until nice and smooth.
Add the strawberry coulis to a squirt bottle. Or drizzle on with a spoon.
Remember I promised you a little tour of Eataly in New York City? Maybe you missed my babbling about our wonderful trip to New York City last week! It was amazing! I adore NYC! We got to spend an afternoon in Mario Batali’s new Italian food mecca: Eataly!
It is divided into different dining areas. There is section after section of Italian products. Here is a sampling of the different areas you could visit.
My head was spinning with all the pasta selections! I felt like I was at a super market in Italy.
This was one of the delicious pastas we had at lunch. Simple and oh so good!
Here is where you can select your fresh meats.
Then there was this table wet up with Mario and Lidia’s books in front of a room that they use for cooking school.
Here is the cooking school.
This guy rocked! He saw me staring at his mozzarella and offered me a chunk. How cool is that?
Italian cookies! There were so many of my favorite cookies! I wanted to buy them all. Or rip open the packages and sample each one of them!
There is a Lavazza coffee bar and there was this espresso bar. We had a fantastic espresso here. And some lovely cookies.
Oh gosh. My head was spinning! The girl was about to put these in the case. They were filled with limoncello cream!
Mmm. These desserts all looked tempting!
Here was another section where you could eat at the bar.
This was called “La Piazza”. You could stand at a table and have wonderful cheese and other tasty treats. Or just a glass of wine. And enjoy the views of all the beautiful food around you.
We walked out on the Gelato section and it was right in front of the Flatiron building. I love the Flatiron building. NYC is too cool.
I hope you had a fabulous week! Thank you for stopping by to see what's been baking! I appreciate your kind words. I truly do!