This week's designated recipe for French Fridays with Dorie was Nutella Tartine, which I made last year. I liked it fine, but I didn't feel like duplicating it this week, so instead, I figured I'd make up a recipe that I missed. Matt had to head up to Houston for an overnight work trip, leaving me with two dinners on my own. I decided to seize the opportunity and make recipes that I've been stalling on because they aren't substantial enough to satisfy Matt for dinner, and so one Dorie recipe turned into two.
First up, I made Basque Potato Tortilla (pg 142 of Around My French Table). I halved everything and used a smaller pan, because serving myself nine eggs for dinner seemed a little ridiculous. I also added red pepper to the potato and onion. This tasted like every other tortilla I've ever had, which is to say that it was good, but not unique. I enjoyed it, and have half of it left over for a lunch or two.
Tonight, I made Leek and Potato Soup, Smooth or Chunky, Hot or Cold (pg 66). I opted for smooth and hot. I usually love Dorie's soups, but I was underwhelmed with this one. It's pretty bland. I used dried thyme instead of fresh, which probably didn't help in the flavor department, but for the huge amount of onions and leeks in here, I would have expected some onion and garlic flavor to shine through. Oh well. Still, I'm happy to have it on this chilly, drizzly day. Chilly and drizzly is an uncommon occurrence around here, so I'm enjoying it while I can. I'm the only person I know who prefers rain to sunshine. Probably because sunshine=sunburn in my world, no matter how much SPF 50 I slather on.
Update: I do feel compelled to say that I had some leftover soup for lunch, and the flavor was much richer the second day. Today, it was really good!