Finally (a month late...), October's Bloglight! You now get to find out where the inspiration for creating my own recipe came from... La Tartine Gourmande and it's author Bea Peltre. She is Frenchwoman living in Boston, MA. She travels like crazy, is a food photographer, and is constantly experimenting with recipes and trying different, *healthy* ingredients.
Her photographs are AMAZING! Not only that but her recipes look divine and while I look at them my mouth waters and I secretly wish I was her next door neighbor so that I could be her guinea pig and try all her delicious looking dishes!
She writes regularly for the Boston Globe in their food section and the travel journal and she is also a freelance writer, photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer.
I recently made my own version of this perfectly delicious little dessert, Red Currant and Apricot Calfoutis. A Calfouits is a little tart like dessert with a pancake like batter that you pour over any combination of fruits - and the best thing is that it is SO EASY!! I used fresh apples from my grandma's house as a subsitute for the apricots and red currants with the exception that I sprinkled the apples with a little cinnamon for some extra flavor boost!
I love the flexability that Bea gives with her recipes. They are all (for the most part) gluten free but she mentions that you can certainly subsitute regular flour if that is what you keep on hand. She also throws in creative ingredients which I don't typically use, for example, in her Curried Winter Squash Soup she uses Coconut Milk which is an ingredient I don't typically stock my shelf with, but the great thing is, basic subsitution - Milk!
One recipe I am DYING to try is the Upsidedown Apple Cake with Olive Oil, Vanilla, and Cinnamon. This looks like a mouthfull of pleasing spice and sweet yet tartness from the apples! Her photo doesn't help deter me... I think that is a big problem with how I choose recipes, they HAVE to look good in the picture. Most of the time, if a recipe doesn't have a photo, I will skip right past it. That is a bad habit I know but I want to have a visual feast before I attempt making it myself.
I feel a special connection with Bea right now because she is pregnant too - with her first. I don't know what it is about being pregnant at the same time as other women but there is like a mutual feeling of, I know what you are experiencing and because of that we are friends.
Hopefully you all can now go and be envious of the extreme talent and abilities of Bea our French photographer, chef, mother, and writer extrodinaire!
Thank you Bea for sharing your gifts with the rest of us!