Or, in Alsatian: flammekueche.
I’ve been wanting to try to make one of these ever since I started making pizzas. It’s my favorite thing to eat when I’m in France (well, eastern France). It’s essentially really really thin-crust wood-fired pizza with a cream sauce, traditionally topped with onions and lardons (thick bacon pieces), but there are other variations too. When you get it at a restaurant, they just keep serving them until you say stop, and the number of tallies on your paper tablecloth is your bill.
For a first attempt, this wasn’t bad. I used uncured bacon because I thought it would be more authentic, but it didn’t really produce the desired effect.
Next time: More sauce, fewer toppings. Just use normal bacon. Try to roll out thinner dough.
Bacon-leek-thyme mac and cheese is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Especially with Guinness (note the extra thyme drying).
And then some time passed, and it was Easter. It’s almost as if I was really busy with something, and didn’t take any pictures or do anything too exciting for most of March…
Thank you Mom for the napkins and carrot-themed (but not flavored) jelly beans.
Oh, that’s what I was busy doing – I wrote a thesis.
So glad to be done with that.
To celebrate, sushi!
Sarah and I went with Ed and Maggie to a new place downtown, Kamitori. It was really, really good. We definitely recommend it!
I drove to Sunriver for the weekend in the middle of my GK-12 stint to meet up with the chemistry department for Skiposium. I narrowly escaped running out of gas between the start of Hwy 97 (where it connects at 84) and Madras.
There are four “towns” on that stretch of road, and I had no idea it would be so difficult to find gas. I had to buy two gallons from a general store while I was still 41 miles from Madras.
I could get used to these sunny days.
I avoided the boring stretch of road with no gas to take a route that was gorgeous but still definitely had no gas (I was prepared this time). I got excited when I drove by one of the John Day Fossil Beds at Clarno, but there were only a few leaf imprints, no dinosaurs.
Lots of nice scenery though with no good places to pull over and photograph!
Although I had a great time the last time I was in Umatilla, this time around I had an absolute blast.
On clear days on my way to school I could see Mt. Rainier.
The second week I stayed with a different family in Hermiston. I made them chicken piccata. The other GK-12 fellow and I had a pizza cook-off one night for a bunch of the teachers – he made Chicago deep dish and I made a thin crust pesto pizza.
Teaching 4th grade was fantastic. They were so helpful and articulate; we had a lot of fun together. All the teachers were wonderful too.
I’m excited to return in May for my final trip!
We had some friends over for dinner a while back. There was pork that needed to be grilled.
(Photo credit: BNell)