…… a “themed dinner” that is!
I wasn’t even sure if we would be able to pull off a “themed dinner” this past weekend as there was much to do……multiple birthday parties to attend, as well Mike had a 12 hour turn around between coming back from working in San Fran and then having to hop on a plane bound for Europe.
Friday night had the kids social calendar filled with the celebration of their friends 3rd birthday (Yay!). With much socializing to be done, and great food being served, I took it as a sign that the themed dinner could wait a day (Yay!).
Saturday had Brodie and I attending another birthday party and saw Mike back, seated on a plane, bound for Heidelberg Germany, destined for a room at the hotel that we will all call home while we are there in June.
On Saturday, with all that was happening during the day, I definitely would have LOVED to have opted out of the “themed dinners” for one week and call it a sushi night with the kiddies at our favourite spot in Yaletown, but Brodie had a different idea. At the end of the birthday party Brodie proclaimed that he wanted to make “homemade pizza”. OMG….. really….. I just wanted a menu plopped down in front of me knowing that both kiddies would have tummies full of sushi and no dishes to wash or kitchen to clean up.
With that said, after the party Brodie and I made our way to the grocery store to purchase a few nessecities for the pizza. The whole time I was thinking…. “Pizza… but how does that fit into our themed nights of Gremany, France, and Spain, this trip does not include Italy….. Uuuggghhhh!”
Thats when my “aaaahhhhhh” moment happened! During my days in a professional kitchen, I was fortunate enough to work with a pretty awesome French Chef (Fabrice Rossman), at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. One of the first dishes he put on the lounge menu when he took over as Executive Chef was Tarte Flambée…. an Alsatian version of Pizza! Ha…. I could totally do pizza, and have us stay with our “themed night” after all. I was super stoked!
I found it pretty funny that I actually had all of the ingredients at home for Tarte Flambée, all while picking up the nesecities for Brodies and Sydneys pepperoni pizza (ironic…. no?). Brodie and I then made our way home to get started on the dough. If its one thing Brodie likes to make …. its dough! He loves the flour, rolling it out, and then creating little dough balls that he can come back to after a bit of time has passed to report “Look Mom ….. look how big its gotten because of the yeast” and then give the balls a good “smush” and start again. Gottta love the little man!
I prepped the caramelized onions, rendered the lardon, got the cheese ready, and picked the thyme leaves for my tarte, all while Brodie rolled out his pizza shell and dressed his pizza with pepperoni and shredded mozzarella (we did the same for little Syd…. her FAVOURITE!). It looks like Brodie wanted to visit Italy and not France this past weekend……. well thats for ANOTHER trip “little Chef”!
I was really happy with how my Tarte Flambée turned out. Not only was I super excited to keep with our weekly themed dinners, but the whole time making the “pizza” I thought about my career as a Chef, and all the Chefs, Sous Chefs, and fellow cooks that I looked upto, and what an impact they all have had on my life. I tell you it is nothing short of complete awesomeness!
The Tarte Flambée was amazing, super tasty…. something I think Chef Rossman, Chef Knaubert and Chef Bain would have been happy with……the flavour was super delicious and I was in heaven. YUMMERS! Brodie… ha……well….. not so much. He took a bite (and swallowed), then proclaimed it “wasn’t for him”, and that he “didn’t like it”. I’m still so proud of the little man for trying something new and interesting. Syd…… well……. she is still a “work in progress”. She didn’t even eat the pepperoni pizza offered to her let alone the Tarte Flambée. Looks like I really need to get farther into my book “French Kids eat Everything”……that is my goal for this week!
So I guess our family weekly themed dinners have turned out to be so much more than just a “themed” dinner after all. Funny how Brodie’s request for “pizza” actually turned into a night of refection and MY 10 year career as a professional Chef (and everyone involved in my journey). There are sooooooo many Chefs to thank…… they are all so amazing (you all know who you are and the impact you had on my career!). I am so proud of my time spent professionally cooking, and the people that I was so fortunate to have met and learned from. So glad that I can now call you all friends…… Wow…… so freaking AMAZING …..you all totally ROCK and I so love it!
I love how this whole night turned out with Brodie asking for “Homemade Pizza”
Enjoy your Daily Dose
The “little Chef” at work
The “littlest Chef” getting in on the action
My Tarte Flambée
Barb! I love that you’ve started this blog! Although you are making me incredibly hungry as I read it!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this Barb! You continue to inspire me today just as you did back then!! Xo. Scarlet
Barb, I’m really enjoying the lead up to the big trip! And you’re just torturing us all with your talented photos of your DELICIOUS food! Can’t wait for more!
You leave me in awe every time I read your blog. Don’t know how you do it all and then those photos of your amazing meals. Way to go Barb