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Big Black Dog: Whisk Wednesday -- Cailles a la Normande

March 18, 2009

Whisk Wednesday -- Cailles a la Normande



Whisk Wednesdays is back from Spring Break! This week our recipe is Cailles a la Normande or Quail with Cream and Apples. This dish was so absolutely delicious and really not that difficult at all. The aroma while it was cooking was wonderful and it reminded me of Fall. Today we had an unusually warm day, 76 degrees, and I can't wait to make this dish on a crisp October day with new apples! I can taste it right now...it was so good! And to further the review, Mr. Tastebud's loved it! WOW!

I substituted Cornish Game Hens for Quail and Apple Brandy for the very expensive Calvados. Also I could not find fatback the size required so used strips of bacon which worked out very well.

Starting with this post I am going to make some changes in my blog and I have a little confession. I truly detest taking pictures of food. I hate worrying about the lighting and setting up the shots. Running around getting the right colored napkin and balancing a fork is just not something I want to do. And I am never happy with the end result no matter how much I fuss. I take 20-30 pictures and maybe 1-2 are okay,not great just okay. It's very frustrating for me. I am not a photographer and I've decided to stop trying to be one. From now on my photos are going to done my way....quick and easy.

I was very busy tonight catching up with phone calls and e-mails so I took my photos where I dined, at my messy desk and there's not even a placemat. Hallelujah! I love this photo and the $5 OFF coupon in the background!





Cailles a la Normande
Recipe adapted from Le Cordon Bleu

6 Quail, necks removed and reserved
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 think slice fatback, 12 by 5 inches
6 Golden Delicious Apples
1/2 lemon
5 TBL unsalted butter
6 slices firm white bread
3 TBL unsalted butter
2 TBL Calvados or domestic apple brandy
1/2 c. creme fraiche or heavy cream
1/4 c. Brown Veal Stock
1 TBL sugar
1 TBL chopped parsley




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7 Comments:

Blogger artis1111 said...

I will be right over with my fork! hehe This looks wonderful. Kathy

March 18, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

The picture looks great to me!
Looks like you have good, natural light. I am not a photographer either - I do the 40 shots to get 4 too.
The dish sounds heavenly!

March 18, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I think I'll like this dish better with chicken! Good for you for taking away the pressure and returning to why you're doing this in this first place...the food!

March 18, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
OpenID cantbelieveweate said...

This looks fabulous Michelle!! And I think your way of doing your shots will be just fine! LOL! I know what you mean!

March 18, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

I think these pictures are just perfect. THe food looks super yummy, and that's all that counts. Love your substitution!

March 19, 2009 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Melissa Clifford said...

Michelle, that dinner looks marvelous! What fun! I love the plating and the coupon ;)

March 19, 2009 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Looks delicious. I am thinking this sauce can find lots of uses around here...LOL. I like your photo...it has such personality, we get to see your desk, your little bit of inspired clutter, the coupon is classic, and the food looks so wonderful that it's clearly the star of the show.

March 19, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

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