A Platter of Figs
- DiningDiva Jan 16, 2009 07:41 AM
Has anyone cooked from A Platter of Figs yet? If so, what worked, what didn't. I just received the cookbook on Tuesday and leafing through it there did appear to be some interesting things to try.
I plan on making a soup this weekend. It's the one with lamb and I *think* it's in the winter section (maybe called Harira?).
Regardless, I've going to favorite this thread and use it as a cookbook report thread.
Harira Soup (pg. 219)
This was a delicious soup. But, it makes a huge amount of soup (more than the projected 8-10 servings). I suggest making a half batch.
Anyway, the main ingredients are lamb, dried fava beans, red lentils, a lot of spices (saffron, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper and cayenne chile) and herbs (parsley and cilantro).
What made this soup different was the end prep. The start of the soup was pretty standard (brown lamb, add spices, onions, garlic, dried beans and water). This is simmered for about an hour and a half.
Meanwhile, puree in a blender, tomatoes, parsley and cilantro and then add this to the soup after the long simmer. After the second simmer, you take half the soup and puree it into the blender and return it back into the pot.
Lastly, make a slurry with flour and water, add it to the soup, simmer and add half a stick of butter.
The soup was such a great consistency, mostly smooth, but sometimes with hidden chunks. Mine was probably chunkier because I had unpeeled favas (v. the called for peeled favas). And, it was such a satisfying rich flavor.
Perfect for a cold winter.
No picture, because despite it's deliciousness, it's kind of a brownish, dull looking color.
I agree that A Platter of Figs will be a COTM because too many CH's have loved it even without cooking a thing from it. My copy from Amazon took over a month to arrive and it may be a bit too soon to select it for COTM because it is a little difficult to acquire at the moment (due to its newness?). But its time will come and I am SO anticipating its thirty days (and hopefully more) of fame!
I finally got a copy from the library and am curious as to what other dishes people have liked (or not liked) from this book.