27 janvier 2007

Duck Magret with Ice Cider and Fresh Rosemary, Magret de Canard au Cidre de Glace et au Romarin

A Recipe celebrating Franco-Canadian Friendship...                    Recette en Français en bas de page ! Last November, we happened to have 2 friends from Quebec for lunch; being very nice and particularly well-behaved, they came with a specialty from their homeland : A bottle of  Neige, a "Cidre de Glace" (Ice Cider) . It was quite amusing : the week before, I had the opportunity to taste this sweet alcoholized beverage at a Cocktail Party in Paris (held by an... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2007

Sales ! 2 recipes for the price of 1 ! Seconde démarque ! 2 recettes pour le prix d'1 !

    Recettes en Français en bas de page ! Do you remember, last week, when  I promised to post 2 recipes using Home-made Green Curry Paste ? So here they are ! Enjoy !     Green Curry and Coconut Milk Breasts of Chicken You need  for 6 servings : 6 Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless) 6 tablespoons Home made Green Curry Paste 1.5 cup Coconut Milk (“for cooking”, not “for dessert”) Steamed  Rice Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper Recipe : Make your own... [Lire la suite]
23 janvier 2007

Blue Cheese, Pear and Rosemary "Pastilla" Pastry, Pastilla au Bleu, Poires et Romarin

        Recette en français en bas de page !   "Pastilla" is originally a sweet savory Moroccan dish filled with pigeon meat (yes, the bird) and almonds. Now the word "pastilla" has become quite common (at least in France) and describes any sweet savory dish using brick or phyllo individual pastries. I found this recipe in a great cookbook (alas, only available in French) called "Epatez vos amis" which literally means "impress your friends" and it is true that each time I have made it, my... [Lire la suite]
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20 janvier 2007

Homemade Green Curry Paste, Pâte de Curry Vert "Maison"

I love Thaï Food ! All considered, I think it’s my favourite foreign food, closely followed by Moroccan Cuisine. I particularly enjoy this combination of spicy, savory and sweet flavours and a very pleasant sourness too, due to the frequent use of ginger and lime. Overall, a very tasty and harmonious gastronomy, which I frequently crave. I have never been to Thaïland though, so this addiction is not even a consequence of a fantastic trip I would have made some years ago. Nope. ... [Lire la suite]
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15 janvier 2007

Tatin Shallots Tartlets, Tartelettes Tatin aux échalotes

Shallots are often thought to be another variety of onion, but they are actually a species of their own.The shallot is so valued by connoisseurs that there are regular attempts to pass-off products which are not, in fact, true shallots. On January 10th 2006, the European Court of Justice decided in favour of Traditional shallot producers who were defending their product in the face of the appearance of seed varieties which possess different growing characteristics as well as substantially different taste qualities (coming mainly... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2007

Toblerone Chocolate Mousse

It's been a long time (months, actually) since I was looking for an original chocolate mousse. I had tried white chocolate mousse ( a bit nauseating, but that is my very personal opinion), very very dark chocolate, any kinds of flavours (rum, grand-marnier, brandy, even bailey's), when I saw the Toblerone recipe in Pascale Weeks' cookbook . By the way, this book had been offered to me last december for my birthday, and it contains many great recipes (both simple and creative). Here it was , THE chocolate mousse recipe that would... [Lire la suite]
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11 janvier 2007

Back from the Past III, A visit to the Farmer's Market

In Megève, the Market takes place every Friday, very close to the heart of the village. Food shopping at this market is a real pleasure, the salespersons are actually the ones who have made the produces and they are sooo nice ! Speaking with them is never a problem even though they have many clients to take care of, they are always very smiling and of course they know -ahem- they are in love with their produces. You almost feel guilty to separate them !! I apologize for the bad quality photos, they were taken with my... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2007

Back from the Past II, A restaurant review

As has been said in my last post, Megève is full of very good restaurants, the most difficult task is to pick one ! We were 6 adults that evening and we all wanted to have an authentic experience : we were craving for real "comfort" food, that is to say veeery rich, in a warm atmosphere, you know, with walls covered with dark wood, rustic furnitures, red and white checkered tablecloth, plenty of bibelots and of course the unmissable old-fashioned paintings. You know what ? We found it !! "Le Torrent" had... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2007

Back from the Past !

                                                         Finally, I am back ! After 2 weks in Megève, a small ski resort in the French Alps. Why this title : “Back from the Past” ? First, because during 14 loooong days, I had no computer neither Internet access there and I really felt like I was living in the 19th century ! ... [Lire la suite]
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