All week long, Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini will be sharing recipes from her latest, The French Market Cookbook, answering our questions, and giving away copies of her book to a few lucky readers. With her as our guest editor, we're feeling slightly more French -- and significantly more inspired.
Petits Farcis Niçois are a traditional recipe from Provence: assorted summer vegetables (tomatoes, onions, zucchini, mini pattypans, and the like) are hollowed out, garnished with a meat-based stuffing, and roasted in the oven. I am quite smitten with the concept of stuffed vegetables; they make for a fun preparation process, and a good-looking dish. But I forgo the classic meat stuffing in favor of grains and legumes, which do a wonderful job of both satisfying the appetite and enhancing the flavors of the vegetable shells they fill. You could dream up an infinity of worthy fillings; here, I use Fresh Shell Beans and Barley with Sage and Garlic.
6 small red onions 6 small zucchini, round or elongated 6 small round tomatoes Fine sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted 2 large organic eggs, lightly beaten Fresh Shell Beans and Barley with Sage and Garlic (see the recipe here) Olive oil, for cooking
Clotilde Dusoulier is a French food writer based in Paris. Her focus is on fresh, colorful, and seasonal foods, making room for both wholesome, nourishing dishes and sweet treats.
An enthusiastic explorer of flavors and observer of culinary trends, she contributes to international food and travel magazines, and writes cookbooks and guidebooks. She lives in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris with her boyfriend and their young son.