Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Daring Cooks June Challenge - Vegetable Terrine

Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pate with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pate recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice.

When I saw the choice of pâtés I was not very thrilled, don't get me wrong I quite enjoy pâté and living in France there is one for all tastes. I'm aware that there are ingredients such as liver and other parts involved but choose to err on the side of ignorance and forget. So my choice was easy, I chose the vegetable terrine and for the bread - what else but a baguette.

Vegetable "Terrine" and Baguette

I know what you are saying to yourself, where is the terrine ? Yes I can understand your confusion but as I mentioned in my blog descriptive, this journal is about my successes and failures. My thoughts reading the initial recipe was that there was too much liquid and that the terrine would not set up, I was right for my case (I stated "my case" as everyone else in the group produced beautiful terrines) and when the time came to unmold well you see what happened.

The recipe in itself was delicious , perhaps to heavy on the white bean layer but truly a very refreshing summer dish. My only success was the baguette which I was happy with as it was my first attempt.

I enjoyed this challenge, because I believe that cooking should be fun and let me tell you the hubby and myself had a good laugh when the terrine collapsed so it was a success !

I will try a pâté the next time, but perhaps a mushroom variation that falls more into the true category of a pâté.

If you are interested in trying one of the recipes at home please click on the appropriate link below:

Recipe Sources:
- Three Spice Liver Pâté: adapted from Ravenous Couple, which was inspired by White on Rice Couple.
- Chicken Liver Pâté: slightly adapted from Stéphane Reynaud’s Terrine
- Tricolor Vegetable Pâté: from Bon Appétit Oct 1993 on Epicurious
- Trout and Shrimp Pâté: unknown (handed down to Valerie from someone, who got it from someone else, etc.)
- French Baguette: from King Arthur Flour

Bon Appétit
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