This recipe was heavily inspired by my childhood BFF Alexia's soon-to-be husband Olivier. While we were in Paris, my husband Lulu, baby Aria and I visited Alexia and Olivier, who also have a baby girl just a few months younger than Aria. Our meeting was so pleasant, as usual, and Olivier, who is an incredibly talented cook, treated us to a wonderful lunch tasting menu that day. One of the items was blini topped with pear and blue cheese. The dish was very well balanced and I told him at the time that I would make my own version and post it on Pham Fatale when I got back home. So Olivier, c’est pour toi (this is for you)!
Given that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I decided to adapt the appetizer to use roasted yams instead of blinis. I thought the crunch and natural sweetness from the yam would marry wonderfully with the soft pears and pungent blue cheese, and it did! Additionally, I spread the yams with a thin layer of Anaheim pepper chutney and topped them with walnuts for more crunch.
Yesterday, after receiving several emails from friends notifying me that my first cookbook, "Haute Potato", is already "in stock" on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.com, I contacted my publisher. Indeed, both are shipping my book early on pre-order, which is wonderful news if you're looking for potato dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas. So if you're planning on cooking a lot of potato dishes for the holidays, consider "Haute Potato" for gourmet potato dish recipes. The official publication date is still December 18th, which is the date my book hits the shelves in bookstores.
Tomorrow I’ll make some suggestions of recipes from my book that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!
Here are some pics from our day with Alexia, Olivier and Alice. Aria was very whiny, as you can tell by the photos. And Lulu kept bugging Alexia about how little Alice resembled her. Good times!