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  1. i typed in the wrong amount. Sorry about that. I meant to type 18 mushrooms. No, its not necessary to shake the pot. Once the sides of the clay pot are hot, the cooking should be pretty even.
  2. Mick, I just happen to have the recipe on my computer. Pissaladière Niçoise MAKES A 9- × 11-INCH PIE, SERVING 6 TO 8 T his unusual pie is often described as a Provençal pizza. True, the bread dough base is the same as is used in pizzas, but the strong-tasting anchovy-sardine paste (pissala) topping is pure Niçoise. You’ll see squares of pissaladière in bakeshop windows and delis throughout eastern Provence, especially in Nice, where it’s often sold right on the street. Accompanied by a green salad, pissaladière makes a great appetizer or lunch dish, and it reheats beautifully. My French friends, when describing this pie, always emphasize a point made in Jacques Médicin’s definitive book La Cuisine du Comte de Nice, that before baking, the onion layer must be exactly half as thick as the yeast dough or, if using a pastry base such as a pâte brisée, should be equally thick. In the traditional recipe, the pissala is blended with a thick layer of  long-cooked onions and spread generously over the dough. The pie is decorated with local black olives before baking. The pizza is served hot, warm, or best of all, at room temperature. Included in this recipe is another tip, which I learned from the late cookbook author Mireille Johnson, who was born in Nice. For extra flavor, some of the reduced cooking liquid from the onions is added to the dough. So please prepare not only the pastry but the onions a day in advance. PREFERRED CLAY POT: A 3-quart earthenware or flameware casserole with a lid If using an electric or ceramic stovetop, be sure to use a heat diffuser with the clay pot. SUGGESTED CLAY ENVIRONMENT: Double slabs of pizza stones or food-safe quarry tiles set on the upper and lower oven racks 3 pounds red onions, thinly sliced (about 9 cups) ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, peeled 3 cloves 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence Onion-Flavored Dough (recipe follows) 2 tablespoons anchovy paste 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 18 oil-cured anchovy fillets 18 small black Niçoise olives ½ cup semolina or whole-wheat flour for dusting 12 cherry or grape tomatoes ½ teaspoon sugar 1 One day in advance, prepare the onions and the onion-flavored dough. In an earthenware casserole, combine the sliced red onions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic stuck with the cloves, the bay leaves, and the herbes de Provence. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 2 hours, or until the onions are meltingly soft and reduced in volume by two-thirds. Uncover, raise the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring often, until the onions just begin to sizzle, about 5 minutes. Transfer the hot casserole to a wooden surface or folded kitchen towel to prevent cracking. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions to a storage container. Pick out and discard the garlic, cloves, and bay leaves. Reserve ½ cup of the oily cooking juices to use in the dough. Let the onion topping cool completely; cover and refrigerate until chilled. (The recipe can be made to this point up to a day in advance.) 2 Turn the chilled dough out onto a wooden board or other work surface and let stand at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour. At the same time, preheat the stone- or tile-lined oven to 500°F for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, remove the browned onions from the refrigerator and gently press on them to express their liquid into a small bowl. Mix the anchovy paste, 2 tablespoons of the remaining olive oil, and pepper into this liquid. Fold in the onions and set aside at room temperature. 3 Rinse the anchovy fillets, place in a bowl of water, and soak for about 1 hour. Drain and pat dry. Pit the olives and soak them in a bowl of fresh water. Drain and pat dry. 4 Dust an 11- × 17-inch jelly roll pan with semolina flour. Place the dough in the center, sprinkle with more of the flour, and press out the dough into a rectangle about 6 by 10 inches. Cover with a cloth and let rest for 15 minutes. Press out the dough again to enlarge the rectangle, lifting and gently stretching it over your hands from time to time, until it fills the pan. Press the edges up into a ¾-inch ridge all around the pan. 5 Spread the onions over the dough to within ½ inch of the edge. Decorate the top with the anchovies, olives, and cherry tomatoes. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Dust the top with the sugar. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the exposed edges of the dough. 6 Bake the pissaladière for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and lightly browned. Cut into squares and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Onion-Flavored Dough This dough is designed especially for pissaladière, with its lush onion topping. It is best made one day before baking. 2¼ cups unbleached bread flour (11 ounces) ½ teaspoon rapid-rise dry yeast 1 teaspoon fine salt ½ cup oily onion juices from step 1 of the pissaladière 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 In a food processor fitted with the plastic dough blade, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Pulse briefly to mix. 2 Place the warm onion juices in a glass measuring cup. Add the olive oil and enough warm water to measure 1 cup. With the machine on, slowly add just enough of the liquid to the flour to form a dough. Continue to process for 15 to 20 seconds, or until the dough forms a smooth ball around the blade. 3 Turn the soft dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently into a tight, smooth ball. Pack the dough into a plastic or glass container, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The dough can be held in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  3. Elie, I just retested the recipe to see what could have gone wrong. I didn't have a problem with 12 smallish very firm mushrooms. Perhaps they absorbed too much water when you washed them.
  4. Good idea! I will post them on my web-site. We will be going into another printing and I can fix them as well. Thanks
  5. Sorry to be so late in getting back to you. I had to track down the original notes for that particular recipe and found two versions from two testings. Actually, you could do either, add all the butter at once, or drizzle over the remaining butter as you thought. Sorry to confuse you.
  6. Ok, I have some time now to participate. Forgive me if I begin with this last posting and not move upwards until I have even more time!!! I promise I will get to you all. Trout Head:That tagine of fish looks terrific. Actually, I think it looks as good as the one produced on Martha Stewart's show. You probably noticed that the carrots were a little undercooked. That's because Moroccans use them as a barrier against overheating which could overcook the fish. If you did want to serve the carrots, then you might want to steam them in a colander over boiling water for 2 minutes before layering
  7. Trout Hound, I think this photo will help a lot.
  8. Welcome Trout Hound to Egullet. Thanks for bringing those errors to my attention. Actually, I saw them at the MS studio the day we were shooting the dish and was very upset. I thought that those two and a few other dropped words in other recipes had been fixed before the book went to print. Alas, I was wrong. And I am sorry you had to deal with it as well! If this should ever happen again, you the cook have a 'second chance'----the ingredients are listed in the order they are to used. You are right! the hot pepper goes in the charmoula and the olives go in just before the bay leaves. By the way, I didn't mention cinnamon. I think I just breathe heavily with excitement when I pronounce the words "Moroccan cumin." Don't lose faith in the book. There are a lot of wonderful dishes to be prepared in claypots.
  9. Elie done like a true .provencal! On another note: have you any idea how l can open this video? I am preparing a Moroccan tagine/tagra o n the show One can substitute any deep sided cazuela or buy the real thing from tagines.com http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/moroccan-fish-tagine-with-tomatoes-olives-and-preserved-lemons thanks, paula Sent from my iPhone !
  10. A 4- or 5- quart deep earthenware casserole, bean pot, Chinese clay pot, or Spanish olla can stand in for the daubiere. Also, the Emile Henry or claycoyote flameware casserole can be used.
  11. In this daube recipe which is made in a true daubiere, the meat and vegetables are packed and never stirred. Once the sheet of parchment is placed directly on the surface of the meat and vegetables, it stays there until the meat is completely cooked and cooled down. At that point when the paper is lifted, almost all of the fat goes up with it. Hope this helps.
  12. The French say "it is wise to rub the duabiere inside and out with a clove of garlic. A magical and tasty hint."
  13. A French or Egyptian or Moroccan grandmother's truc is to rub an unglazed or slip-glazed pot with a cut clove of garlic before each and every time the claypot is used. It is said to makes it stronger and kills surface bacteria.
  14. And you answered it! That's the reason I use moistened and crumbled parchment paper---it fits over the food with some wiggle room for a gentle circulation and slow evaporation of moisture, ensuring the proper butter-soft consistency one wants when cooking such foods as stuffed grape leaves, chunks of tough meat, or vegetabes such as artichokes. I used to fold and cut cartouches, but when Turkish cooks taught me that a moistened and crumbled piece of parchment paper does the same thing in half the prep time, I jumped for the change.
  15. Wolfert

    Confit Duck

    In the new CSF, the recipe for traditional confit is a cure of 2 tsp. Diamond Crystal kosher salt per pound of duck...or 8 grams per pound...is this a number anyone has used? Secondly, I was wondering about storage. Can the legs be sealed (say, 2 to a bag) using a Food Saver and then either refrigerated or frozen? ← ← Yes, 2 teaspoons kosher salt per pound of trimmed duck leg. I have made confit of duck in a food saver bag and kept it a few days, but never longer. A home vacuum packing system, such as food saver, rather than a professional chefs' system is not a hundred percent safe. More sophisticated machines allow chefs to keep refrigerated confit in pouches in the refrigerator for months. By the way, if, for whatever reason, a refrigerated pouch of recently cooked confit begins to puff up, discard it at once. You can bag confit of duck legs using a food saver, but be sure to freeze it for long term storage. If you are worried about the lack of salt, then by all means freeze the confit..
  16. Wolfert

    Confit Duck

    For safety, all long stored confit should be heated through before serving, even for dishes to be served cold or at room temperature. Simply steam the confit for 10 to 15 minutes, then immediately remove any superfluous fat; place the duck, in a skillet to brown and crisp. Steaming makes the flesh of confit silkier.
  17. As the Brits like to say: "my ears are burning!" Thanks to you all for all your kind words. They are deeply appreciated. I don't know what to add except to say how much I enjoy the comradeship and warmth generated here among us egulleteers.[
  18. Hi Daniel, Thanks for your reply. I can't wait to read more on the subject. -Paula
  19. Has anyone eaten or prepared a terebinth berry pie aka Tremithopitta/Çitlemitli bitta?
  20. This is going to date me but here's my little vignette on one of the many reasons French Mustards gave up on the awards: Back in 1983, I happened to be involved with the FM folks via a complicated problem. I had noticed that the previous year they'd given their award for Best Community Cookbook to a spiral-bound production put out by some social types in Hartford, at whose homes I had taught several classes. And these dames had included my recipes verbatim (even included pictures from my magazine articles) without giving me any credit. My editor, Fran McCullough, was so enraged, she wrote to French demanding that they revoke the award...which, of course, they wouldn't do, probably fearing they'd be sued. Meantime, Jane Frieman wrote about this plagiarism scandal in the Chicago Trib and New York magazine ran a paragraph entitled "Society Cooks May Be In The Soup!" That same year my “The Cooking of South West France” was a French Award winner in the International category, so the company was very attentive to me and also a little scared of me, I guess. When my name was read out at the awards luncheon, the New York food press in attendance cheered loudly. At that same awards luncheon, one of the French executives made a really dumb opening speech in which he referred to "the little woman in the kitchen." Like we were still back in the 1950s! And the New York food press booed and hissed. I remember that the PR woman for the event tried to seat me with the French execs, and I refused telling her I had come to eat with my friends, not with a bunch of businessmen I didn't know. So there was a lot of table shifting, etc., and in the end the execs split up, each one sitting at a different table. The guy at my table didn't say a single word. In fact, he looked totally terrified, as we New Yorkers gabbed away at lightning speed. We did not, I assure you, act like "little woman in gingham aprons in the kitchen"! After that debacle and some others involving other food writers at the time, the FrenchM company evidently realized that they weren't connecting with the food press and decided to give up the award. And that, I believe, is eventually how the Beard Foundation came in, took it over, renamed it, and made it over into something that had glamour and also meaning.
  21. I am sure the Beard Foundation bought the rights to the R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook Awards.
  22. You can also buy jars of pekmez from Turkey and petlimezi from Greece in Middle Eastern groceries. Also, Spanish importers such as latienda.com carry arrop. In each of these the flavor is pure, clean, and concentrated. Any of the above syrups as well as saba and sapa can be thinned and used as a dip for roasted chestnuts, grilled sausages, or boiled carrots. Or they can be dribbled over mild ricotta or gorgonzola dolce. Also, add a few drops to a boring lamb or beef stew.
  23. Most any recipe can be adapted to clay pot cookery. And, yes, conversely, most of the recipes in my upcoming book can also be cooked in good, heavy porcelainized metal vessels so long as they're the right shape and size and can hold and distribute slow even heat. But for me the whole point is to cook as much as possible in clay... to obtain that special flavor that only clay can convey. Though prepared with less liquid, clay pot cooked dishes will emerge especially moist with an unctuous tender texture, and a special "distinctive thumb print taste" of hand-crafted food that writers now fashionably call gout de terroir -- the taste of the earth. There is also the pleasure of "coddling" food in clay, a pleasure both sensual and gustatory. Let's call it qi. I try to keep to tradition and use the pots which were developed by potters for specific dishes. On the other hand, tagines and cazuelas are almost interchangeable; Italy's Vulcania casseroles, Chinese sandpots, and French daubieres are interchangeablel. I don't think it's really a big problem to switch over. And don't forget the nutritious and lowfat qualities that make clay pot cooking so desirable.
  24. The sassafras unglazed baker is stoneware. I think it is as resistant as a pizza stone would be in your oven. If so, you can put it in the cold oven, bring it up to 450 and plop in your bread.
  25. Has anyone tried using the Britta water filter with calcium=rich well water? If it works to get heirloom the beans cooked to perfection in 90 minutes, I'll convert .
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