This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe Crab, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad was the perfect weekend lunch or rather, oversized snack. Crab and avocado is definitely a combination I am familiar with. The addition of red grapefruit added great acidity to offset the richness and sweetness of the two main salad components. I omitted the cucumbers and peppers, and added cilantro, a very small amount of mayo, and a squirt of sriracha.
We enjoyed the salad as a topper for tostones – fried flattened plantain rounds – and when we were done with those we broke out the Bibb lettuce for some wraps. I wish I had been more careful to avoid breaking the grapefruit segments into scattered pulp.
In addition to the salad, last weekend I did some catch up. I’m ready to cross off the list the Cheese Soufflé and the Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux. I used a white cheddar on the soufflé and now wish I had followed my gut and done Manchego (or any other stronger flavored cheese). The roast chicken was delicious as well – between the crisped up skin, the bread that soaked up all the juices and melted into the pan sauce and the roasted veggies, I wondered why I didn’t roast more chicken at home. It’s so much tastier than most rotisserie chickens out there.
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook.
Our friend and fellow Dorista Susan from Create Amazing Meals has kindly recognized me with the Versatile Blogger award. A California based blogger, Susan puts together the most amazing feasts – multiple courses – into one beautifully documented blog post. If you haven’t visited, what are you waiting for? Thanks Susan!
Here are the official rules:
- Add the award to your blog.
- Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
- Mention 7 random things about yourself.
- List the rules.
- Award to 15 bloggers.
- Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blogs or on Facebook
- The first thing you should know about me is that I think some of these rules are flexible guidelines, which is why I extend an open invitation to all of those Doristas who wish to grab the award to do so, so we can all get to know each other better.
- In high school, my BFF and I were the only two girls in our elective computer class (BASIC programming!) amidst a sea of boys. The rest chose to take French.
- I’m trying to pack lunch to work at least three times a day. It’s usually rice and stewed garbanzo beans, salad, or pasta.
- The blue beaded placemat I use in some of my pictures reminds me of Old San Juan’s cobblestoned streets. I got it on the HomeGoods clearance bin and regret buying only one for the blogging prop box.
- I try to think in Portuguese for at least a few minutes a day. I’m afraid I’d otherwise forget what I know – that was my college minor and sadly I’ve not practiced enough since graduation.
- The theme for my fifth birthday party was Smurfette. I also remember having a hot pink Smurfette swimsuit around that time, but I didn’t like it because she was wearing a grass skirt and not her usual getup and it was ‘ugly’.
- I have a little sign in my cubicle that says “Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards”. Mama sent that to me on my very first college care package, so you better believe it is special.