Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trying New things..."Leeks" and Recipe Review "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bucatini"

Trying New things..."Leeks" and Recipe Review "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bucatini"

I received  a free sample magazine in the mail.  It's titled "Cuisine at Home".  It is geared to the home cook.  I may have to subscribe.  They do assume in the magazine that the "home" cook has a vast knowledge of all items in the cooking world.  Although that may be true of most home cooks it is not the case for me.  This could be a good problem because I love to try new things so here goes.....I chose a recipe called "Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bucatini with Garlic Bread Crumbs"
Lets break the recipe down a bit....
..just what is Bucatini?  Off to Google for the answer..
"small hollow tubes of pasta"  (I used spaghetti)
/ˌbʊkəˈtiːni/  (still not sure how to pronounce it:-)

Did you notice the recipe called for Leeks?  I was off to Harris Teeter to find one....and off to Google to find out just what they were....
a plant related to the onion, with flat overlapping leaves forming an elongated cylindrical bulb that together with the leaf bases is eaten as a vegetable. It is used as a Welsh national emblem.
I found one...
Now what???
Off to Google yet again:-)
I learned online that you don't use the entire leek.  Just the center portion that you see in the photo.

..then you thinly cut the portions you want to use.  I also found they tend to hold a lot of dirt so they need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to use..... clean them you slice them to the desired size and put them in a bowl filled with water.  Stir them around gently, the leeks will float and any dirt will sink to the bottom of the bowl.  Easy!
I gathered my ingredients....
and they were many..

...some helpful hints...
...garlic.... of the many steps..
"Caramelized my
 Adding the pasta...

End result....
What would I rate this recipe?
This is a hard one.  It was tasty, but it was not easy.  There were many steps involved and it took a very long time.  As far as flavor I would probably give it an 8/10.  It was unique, and very good. It took so long to make that I don't think I would make it again.

Happy Eating and Cooking!
Enjoy Your World:-)

1 comment:

  1. This looks SOOO yummy.. love it.. Hi there, I found ya via blog hop and had to stop in and say hello, LOVE all your creativity and space here.. Excited to get to share in more blog fun reads and inspiration from ya.. I'm officially following ya.. I'm Marilyn via - hope you can stop in sometime.. TY