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Recreating a restaurant dish at home

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Recreating a restaurant dish at home

Justpaula | May 9, 2009 12:42 AM

Several weeks ago I went for brunch at Pastis, a very nice place here in NYC. While all three of my companion diners ordered steak and eggs, I knew there was a dish on that menu with my name on it. It was "Eggs a la Basquaise". Essentially it was poached eggs over a bed of creamy polenta with a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, prosciutto, and whatever else. So, I loved it so much and as a lover of food and a decent home cook, I thought about it for a few weeks, It was that good. It was so simple seeming, yet so sublime. I googled "Eggs a la Basquaise" and came up with nothing. Finally a I found a recipe for a Basque sauce, I guess you can say, called a piperade. So, I made the piperade, I made the creamy polenta, and I poached (for my first time), a few eggs. As my husband ate it, he said, at least three times, oh my this is sooooo good. I felt so proud to have re-created something I enjoyed so much, with out any recipe of any sort. I would love to hear others stories of dishes they recreated with little direction or info but lots of love. :)

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