Friday, July 29, 2011

Citrus Terrine: French Fridays with Dorie


One of my favorite aspects of Around My French Table is the introduction that Dorie gives to each recipe.  Dorie's intro for this weeks' recipe starts out, "While Americans of all stripes tend to turn snobby at the mere mention of gelatin...."  Yup, I am one of those Americans.  I am not a fan of gelatin, Jell-O, or anything like unto it.  I do not buy it for my kids and when I went shopping for this week's ingredients, it the the first time in my life that I bought gelatin.

I wish that I could say that after trying this recipe that I had finally found a form of gelatin that I like, but nope.  Gelatin is still ... weird.  While making it, I had to mix the gelatin with hot orange juice ... the smell was not desirable.  It bought back memories from when I was 8 or 9 years old of stinky horses in Havasupai.  When all was said & done, I was brave & tried a bite of my citrus terrine (I opted to leave the expensive berries out and use them on my waffles) and I liked that it was flavored with orange juice, but I just can't get past the whole gelatin thing. 

I'm guessing it will be a hit with the kids when the get up from their naps.

Next week's recipe, slow-roasted tomatoes, is more up my alley, but I'd love some ideas of how to serve them!!

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6 comments:

Kathy said...

Kudos to you for trying something you knew you wouldn't like! I hope the kids enjoy it! It does look pretty even if it's not your cup of tea!

Adriana said...

I hope the kids will like it... and it will be so much better than anything from a mix with weird artificial colors. I was just reading now the recipe for the tomatoes... there are so many ways to go with that one!

Cher said...

Oh, I absolutely understand. It was better than the weird color powder in a box, but I don't think I will ever totally get on board the Jell-o train...

Kris' Kitchen said...

GOOD JOB TO TRY THIS. I'LL BE WATCHING YOUR POSTS FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS WHILE I'M IN THE PIE MODE AND NOT IN THE FFWD ETC MODE. BUT...I USE GELATIN FOR LOTS OF STUFF...LIKE IN PUMPKIN CHIFFON PIE OR TO STABILIZE WHIPPED CREAM, ETC...MAYBE YOU WILL FIND A BETTER USE FOR IT THAN IN A JELLO STYLE MIXTURE. YUP, YOU'LL HAVE MORE FUN WITH THOSE TOMATOES...I CAN ALREADY SMELL THEM.

Foodiva said...

Gelatin and smelly horses... LOL, I see exactly your comparison there and I agree! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge horse-lover...just wish they'd smell of Chanel sometimes (esp after I finish riding) ;-). Glad you tried this recipe out, anyway and we get trade experiences!

Elaine said...

I agree with Kathy that you deserve Kudos for making the gelatin even though you don't like it. This group is great to get us to go outside our comfort zone. Even though I had problems with my terrine jelling and even made two, it was worth it and the fruit was really good.

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