A Blueberry Galette Surprise

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    Sep 02, 2017 12:21 AM GMT
    I never even heard of a galette. It's sorta like a small French pastry pizza, similar to a flat pie crust. In this case mostly smothered in fresh blueberries, along with some peach morsels. And then baked in the oven on a flat cookie sheet , the fruit exposed on top.

    He did this unknown to me, while I was watching the TV evening news in the office. As a surprise treat. Amazing! It does pay to have a husband who's a rather good chef. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll hafta tell our friends about this. Not easy to transport I would think, though. Something for when they're our guests here.

    Whereas earlier today he brought a whole bunch of meatballs, and some meatloaf, that he made last night for some of our friends we were meeting at noon. Both items similar, but each also a little different in taste. And wonderful. I'll tell yah, he's a cooking fiend.

    And what does he watch on TV? Mostly cooking shows, naturally. And some murder mysteries. I'll hafta be careful he doesn't combine the two. LOL!
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    Sep 02, 2017 1:10 AM GMT
    Sounds delish
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    Sep 02, 2017 1:48 AM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    Sounds delish

    It was! And he knows I love blueberries. He also puts them in pancakes and muffins he makes for us.

    He's sorta like the concept of the classic American mother or grandmother, who produces all these wonderful pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candies, muffins, every kind of wonderful thing. He merely lacks a ruffled apron. Maybe for a laugh I should get him one?

    Trying to do my part to help him, in a very small way, is what motivates me to learn a little about cooking. Sometimes making simple meals for us, or being his "sous chef" as he calls it, to make his job easier.

    My late partner (another great Italian chef - see a pattern?) had me do the same thing. He told me he was no good grilling outdoors (a highly dubious statement), and got me doing it. Over time I think I actually learned a little. And so now I continue to learn. But it'll never be as much as he knows.
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    Sep 02, 2017 11:58 AM GMT
    I hadn't heard of galette either! I looked it up and it looks yummy icon_smile.gif

    The first recipe I found actually uses a pie crust, so it can be done with that or completely by scratch. It called for a lemon zest vanilla ice cream topping, too. It looks pretty simple to make, so that might be in my near future!
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    Sep 02, 2017 12:34 PM GMT
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    I hadn't heard of galette either! I looked it up and it looks yummy icon_smile.gif

    The first recipe I found actually uses a pie crust, so it can be done with that or completely by scratch. It called for a lemon zest vanilla ice cream topping, too. It looks pretty simple to make, so that might be in my near future!

    He made the galette within about 30 minutes, the time it took for me to watch the TV evening news. I think he did use a prepared pie crust he had. Most of the prep time was the cooking in the oven.

    No lemon vanilla zest ice cream. Not sure that would have worked with the blueberries & peaches, maybe 1 flavor too many. Instead he used real whipped cream (not Cool Whip). I didn't complain!
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    Sep 02, 2017 5:13 PM GMT
    Plooje saidWhen are you actually going to legally marry this live-in chef who is your pretend husband? And what is stopping you from having done it already?

    You tell us every other detail about your life, so how about answering those questions.

    sPlooje/SouthBeach, etc...THE THIRST LIVES ON!!!
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    Sep 02, 2017 5:43 PM GMT
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    Plooje saidWhen are you actually going to legally marry this live-in chef who is your pretend husband? And what is stopping you from having done it already?

    You tell us every other detail about your life, so how about answering those questions.

    sPlooje/SouthBeach, etc...THE THIRST LIVES ON!!!

    And I've actually answered that question on numerous occasions. But southbeach won't be happy until I invite him to the wedding. Slim chance of that ever happening! Maybe if he brings his own legal husband. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 02, 2017 8:23 PM GMT
    Sounds great, never heard of it...I had to look it up. I know what you mean about having a chef in the context of friends, family or in your case your husband. I have a gay friend that is a pastry chef and damn, last time for his birthday he made this incredible Mexican Cheese cake, it was delicious. So what is a Mexican Cheesecake you might ask? It the same except, is made with different fruits inside of the texture.
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    Sep 02, 2017 11:37 PM GMT
    runnerjc saidI hadn't heard of galette either! I looked it up and it looks yummy icon_smile.gif

    The first recipe I found actually uses a pie crust, so it can be done with that or completely by scratch. It called for a lemon zest vanilla ice cream topping, too. It looks pretty simple to make, so that might be in my near future!

    The true galette (french) is somewhat different than what you'll find in online recipes in the US. If one does an advanced google search for galette, using only France as the region, there will be a lot of photos and recipes (in french) - and they tend to have a top crust (over whatever is inside).

    e.g.,
    galette-des-rois-coco-16.jpg
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    Sep 02, 2017 11:46 PM GMT
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    runnerjc said
    I hadn't heard of galette either! I looked it up and it looks yummy icon_smile.gif

    The first recipe I found actually uses a pie crust, so it can be done with that or completely by scratch. It called for a lemon zest vanilla ice cream topping, too. It looks pretty simple to make, so that might be in my near future!

    The true galette (french) is somewhat different than what you'll find in online recipes in the US. If one does an advanced google search for galette, using only France as the region, there will be a lot of photos and recipes (in french) - and they tend to have a top crust (over whatever is inside).

    e.g.,
    galette-des-rois-coco-16.jpg

    OK, this is informative. But doesn't that then become a kind of pie? I like the imprint on the crust, BTW.
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    Sep 03, 2017 12:52 AM GMT
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    HikerSkier said
    runnerjc said
    I hadn't heard of galette either! I looked it up and it looks yummy icon_smile.gif

    The first recipe I found actually uses a pie crust, so it can be done with that or completely by scratch. It called for a lemon zest vanilla ice cream topping, too. It looks pretty simple to make, so that might be in my near future!

    The true galette (french) is somewhat different than what you'll find in online recipes in the US. If one does an advanced google search for galette, using only France as the region, there will be a lot of photos and recipes (in french) - and they tend to have a top crust (over whatever is inside).

    e.g.,
    galette-des-rois-coco-16.jpg

    OK, this is informative. But doesn't that then become a kind of pie? I like the imprint on the crust, BTW.


    Seems to be. I've never made one. Only eaten some (in France). I don't think the french have the equivalent of fruit "pies," (they have the equivalent of meat pies, but not called "pie") although this would seem to be like a pie, if it had fruit inside. I goggled some french galette recipes, and they all seemed to have a layer of puff pastry below and above whatever was in between - so sort of like upper and lower pie crusts, except made of puff pastry (which they assumed one would purchase).
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    Sep 03, 2017 2:41 AM GMT
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    I don't think the french have the equivalent of fruit "pies," (they have the equivalent of meat pies, but not called "pie") although this would seem to be like a pie, if it had fruit inside. I goggled some french galette recipes, and they all seemed to have a layer of puff pastry below and above whatever was in between - so sort of like upper and lower pie crusts, except made of puff pastry (which they assumed one would purchase).

    I'll share this info with my husband. I love fruit pies: apple, blueberry, peach, minced meat. In the Fall I enjoy the seasonal pumpkin. In South Florida we have a regional favorite, Key lime pie. I have no idea why the Florida Keys got associated with it. Not a biggie with me, but I can certainly eat it.

    It's sorta like a soft cheesecake in presentation. Here's a pic:

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    Sep 03, 2017 3:11 AM GMT
    I've never understood why blueberries are so popular. Their taste is very unremarkable. I'll take raspberries or boysenberries any day over blueberries.
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    Sep 03, 2017 10:19 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI've never understood why blueberries are so popular. Their taste is very unremarkable. I'll take raspberries or boysenberries any day over blueberries.


    To each his own. But have you ever eaten wild blueberries? Very tiny, terribly sweet, and only available in the Northeast for a couple weeks in August. Blueberries, however, make wonderful pies, and other cooked desserts. And blueberries have no noticeable seeds. I also like raspberries the best - although a lot of the common "Driscolls" raspberries (the largest conglomerate of berry growers in the USA, and the ones most often found) are bland and don't have much raspberry flavor.
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    Sep 03, 2017 10:47 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI've never understood why blueberries are so popular. Their taste is very unremarkable. I'll take raspberries or boysenberries any day over blueberries.
    my dogs love them.
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    Sep 03, 2017 10:59 AM GMT
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    bon_pan said
    Plooje saidWhen are you actually going to legally marry this live-in chef who is your pretend husband? And what is stopping you from having done it already?

    You tell us every other detail about your life, so how about answering those questions.

    sPlooje/SouthBeach, etc...THE THIRST LIVES ON!!!

    And I've actually answered that question on numerous occasions. But southbeach won't be happy until I invite him to the wedding. Slim chance of that ever happening! Maybe if he brings his own legal husband. icon_rolleyes.gif

    That's been as clear as mud.