Friday, May 16, 2014

Food Revolution Day~French Friday….Gougeres




Making food from scratch seems like such a simple thing to me. I’m from a generation where grandmothers cooked all day, to put a meal on the table. Soups and stews were started early, and simmered throughout the day, ready for the hungry family in the evening. My mother’s generation was given a bit more help…you started to see them use some prepared foods to make their meals. My mom had a grocery store that she owned and managed. So dinners were usually quick and easy, but always homemade. Times change! More and more, women are working full time. Evenings are filled with school activities, homework and sports. Standing over a kitchen stove all day has given way to crock pots, semi-prepared foods, and dinner out. However, learning your way around the kitchen and making great home made meals is still so important, and easier then one might think, once you learn the basics. All kids should know their way around the kitchen. My adult children are really good cooks, and usually involve their kids in the process!  I love to see kids excited about what they eat and helped prepare! Thanks to Mardi of eat.live.travel.write  we are participating in another year of Food Revolution Day! It’s also French Friday! So, we’re combining the two to bring kids into the kitchen!


My little food photographer…taking photos of pies she made


My grandsons enjoying FF crepes for breakfast and they helped!
Decorating Gingerbread cookies and house…all hands on deck

I love cooking with my grands! We have explored and made many great things together! Pies, cookies, King-cake, muffins, crepes, ice cream, and an annual Ginger Bread House. However, my grandkids live in Atlanta and Long Island, so cooking with them today was not going to happen.
After giving this topic some thought…I found something that I thought my grandkids would love to learn.  At least my older ones! Choux pastry or cream puff dough! Think of the possibilities! They would love the idea of making profiteroles! Just the name would peak their interests. 

FFWD ~ Gougeres
I recently hosted a wine tasting party at my home, and one of the things I made were Dorie’s Gougeres. Although I started French Fridays from the beginning, I missed the Gougeres because we were traveling. Not only is this something I would love to teach my grands…It’s also a make-up!  Finally!!  I have been making Choux pastry forever, and it’s still one of my favorite things to whip up! Choux pastry is quite magical! Little balls of dough get placed onto a cookie sheet and baked! They then become a light and wonderful puff, that is ready to be filled with wonderful things like ice cream, pastry cream or chicken salad! Gougeres are a choux pastry with cheese folded into the batter…then baked! Choux Pastry…a technique I think all good cooks should know!  
Happy Food Revolution Day everyone! 

The recipe for Choux Pastry and Gougeres is posted here by Dorie Greenspan. It can also be found in her cookbook “Around My French Table”. To see what the other Doristas did for Food Revolution Day check it out  here.
Please visit Jamie Oliver’s official Food Revolution Day recipe site and find something wonderful to cook with your little chefs!


Gougeres just out of the oven
Bon Appétit 


24 comments:

  1. Yes, Kathy, I remember when box cakes came out and my mother thought why would anyone need this?
    Well, times have changed and I often wish people would understand how easy it is to whip some things up and how much less expensive it is.
    Well, my mom often made these puffs and filled them with wonderful pastry creams; delicious!
    It is great that you grands love to cook with you; such good memories for them.
    Blessings, Catherine

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  2. ah dear! I love your pictures of yours grands are lovely and your little taking pictures (my daugther make the same when she cook:)
    These gougeres look absolutely delicious!
    And I love Jamier Oliver:)

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  3. From reading the comments so far, it seems that the gougeres have been popular with kids. Who knew - I had never even heard of them until FFWD. Your grands all look so happy cooking and eating their FFWD spoils.

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  4. I agree with you, they will love making these with you when you get together. And you're right, a perfect skill to learn - I love them both savory (how I learned to eat cream puffs as a kid) and sweet. They look absolutely beautiful.

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  5. I love the pictures of your grandkids. They are so handsome and pretty. Great idea making gougeres with the grand kids. They will love it. Have a great weekend:)

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  6. These really are the best and I'm getting hungry just looking at them again. I think as a kid if I had made these with my grandmother I would have eaten them all. She never could say no to me so I'm sure I woud have.

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  7. Ohhhhh, I've made the gougeres and the goat-cheese mini-puffs once. Loved them. Why don't I make them more often? You are right, Kathy, if kids could conquer Choux pastry, there is a whole world out there with profiteroles leading the parade. Your gougeres look absolutely perfect - I suspect you served them to your wine club. I also enjoyed seeing the pictures of your grandchildren - cooking and enjoying the results. Really was Food Revolution Day 2014 and Jamie Oliver are all about.

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  8. I love the photos of your cooking adventures with your grands! Looks like they are excited about food. I need to make the gougeres again. I remember that they were delicious. I hope your wine club enjoyed them. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. These cheese puffs look perfect, Kathy. It must be really nice to have your grandchildren around and cook with you..those photos are precious.

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  10. Although I'm not in the group, I did make the gougeres last year and thought they were lovely. I agree that cooking is one of the most important things we can teach our kids to do!

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  11. Love seeing those kids in the kitchen and you are right - choux is such a GREAT recipe to teach kids! Well done and thanks for taking part in FRD2014!

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  12. I so agree with you! It is so important to cook from scratch and share meals with loved ones daily. I know in my heart that no matter how busy I get, I can always find time to make something fresh and flavorful. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes - and no preservatives! Thanks for sharing, Kathy! I love gougères. ~ David

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  13. Oh my! Love that little foodie-blogger at work, she's going to be awesome! Enjoyed your post!

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  14. You make a lot of great foods with your grands... you are going to laugh my mother never cooked with them. She really isn't much of a cook. I guess that is OK because my husband and I are into cooking... but can we borrow you once in a while?

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  15. Kathy, what a wonderful post, fabulous choice of recipe and such a pretty presentation of the gougères! I bet your grand-children would love these too! What a great way to celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 with our children!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  16. I love that you cook with your grandchildren. Those gougeres look delicious, I must try them.

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  17. Choux pastry is a perfect choice for kids, and teenagers, too. I left some frozen cream puff shells at my parents' house for them to pull out as they liked. A week later, I got an email from my niece asking for the recipe - she was glad to learn how easy they are to make.

    Your photos of all your cooking adventures with your grandchildren are lovely. They will have lots of great skills and happy memories from those times.

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  18. Oh YUM I love gougeres, they look perfect for baking with the family :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. Kathy this caught my eye, I will be making it tomorrow and will credit you!

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  20. I am glad to hear of your (and your kids) succesIs with the grandkids. I am hoping mine aren't too far gone. I asked my youngest to clean and spin the lettuce tonight and she looked at me like I was nuts. I think cooking with kids will be a summer mission for me! (I still haven't tried the choux pastry myself, though I know you are a pro!)

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  21. I agree, Kathy -- it's so important to teach young people this importance of cooking and food early on, because it affects so much of their lives later... Oh, and the gougeres look lovely, by the way!

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  22. I want to be one of your grands! They must love hanging out with you!!!!

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  23. I love that you cook with your grand kids! I bet they're much more diverse eaters as a result. We're hoping to start cooking with our kids as soon as they're older and a bit less chaotic. Maybe we'll start with gougeres! :)

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