For my second week cooking with this talented group of bloggers and cooks in the French Fridays with Dorie club, I have once again broken the post-on-Friday rule. After a long and emotionally draining week, we ended up calling out for pizza Friday night instead of cooking. So Plan B? Make this week’s recipe, Beggar’s Linguine, from Around My French Table, for lunch on Saturday. But when I got up early this morning and the sun was shining, I started prepping the ingredients, taking photos and before you know it, it just seemed right to cook the linguine for breakfast instead. And since I was adding some pancetta (Italian bacon) to it, it all made sense – bacon is a breakfast food right?
Beggar’s Linguine is a most unusual pasta dish that combines dried figs, raisins, almonds, pistachios, orange zest, fresh chives and parsley, parmesan cheese and butter to create a rich, comforting, nutty, and filling meal. If you’re squishing up your nose and thinking there’s no way I’m eating figs in my pasta, unwrinkle your nose, open your mind and give this pasta a try.
As I perused the list of timely posts on the French Fridays site yesterday, I found some doubters who tried it anyhow and loved it, a couple cooks who didn’t get it, and several who tried some variations that worked really well. From TastyTrix’s blog, I borrowed the idea to add some pancetta – knowing our family’s crazy love affair with pancetta and the rich, deep flavor it adds to so many dishes we cook. And from the SoupAddict’s blog, I was inspired to use up my dried cherries along with the raisins.
Normally, we are not supposed to include the actual recipe in our post, but since Dorie wrote about this dish in her blog and included the recipe, here’s a link to it so you can read her fascinating story behind the dish.
So what was the verdict from my “never quick with a compliment” judges (Dormant Chef, Tech Savvy Teen, Torah-chanting Tween) – they thought it warranted an OMG! Yummy and said I can make dinner for breakfast anytime I want. In fact, seems that this has just been one upside down week from beginning to end because I made breakfast for dinner the other day. But I digress, that will be another blog post sometime soon…
Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen and try something outside of your comfort zone. A new combination of ingredients or just eating a dinner food at breakfast can open up all kinds of culinary possibilities or at least make your family happy. What’s the most unusual recipe or ingredient you’ve tried in the kitchen recently?