|Just because all the dishes are dirty doesn't mean the food's worth eating!|
Right up front: Fail. Big time. But you know how it is--the good dishes are all alike. The bad ones are each interesting in their own way. And away we go...
|Wow! Need to use a filter on these pictures...my beater is white!|
The little gnocchi are coated with the second part of the dish, the bechamel. Bechamel is one of the classic four mother sauces and is made by making a paste of flour and butter, cooking it, and then adding hot milk. Then I added nutmeg, salt and pepper. It was very, very thick, more like a paste or goo than an actual sauce. I don't think that was right but I figured I'd take a chance.
|Run away, little gnocchi! The Bechamel is coming!|
Just out of the oven, lovely! Dorie called it kind of a French version of mac-and-cheese, comfort food. But I found it heavy, too rich and a sad waste of choux paste. As for the kids, J loved it, but he loves almost everything. D was lukewarm on it, while for M and P one bite was plenty. And Bill, he just said, "That was the most complicated macaroni and cheese I've ever seen."
No gnocchi in our future. But that's what this FFwD is all about, stepping outside my comfort zone. I think very little of this was due to the my cooking; it just wasn't the kind of food we like. What do we like? How about this mac and cheese recipe, for starters. Oh, and it all goes down better with a Winter Mojito. Cheers!