28 janvier 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge : Tarte au Citron Meringuée et…étoilée ! A Starry Lemon Meringue Pie !

Thank you dear Daring Bakers, I have finally found the perfect recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie ! The sweet crust is pleasantly flaky, the lemon filling is perfectly balanced between sweetness and tartness, and the Meringue is tasty and not too sticky. But, I admit that my first attempt was a disaster : the lemon cream was runny, way too liquid ! So I made it without water nor cornstarch, and …voilà ! A great hit !! Please don’t shoot me ! I also had to reduce ingredient quantities as my pie pan was smaller than 10 inches.... [Lire la suite]
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24 janvier 2008

Mille-feuille d’Asperges et Crème d’Amandes au Parmesan, green asparagus “mille-feuilles” and Parmesan Almond Cream.

Puff pastry or phyllo ? Pâte feuilletée ou pâte filo ? Today, I propose to you two versions of the same recipe. As for me, I like them both : phyllo is lighter and more “unusual” so it is a good choice if you want to surprise your best friends or your nicest neighbors. Puff pastry should delight your mother in law or your hubby’s big boss, for it is more “traditional” and "nourishing". In any case, I can guaranty that green asparagus and parmesan almond cream will satisfy all palates, no matter their age and social... [Lire la suite]
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21 janvier 2008

Saltimbocca alla Romana, Veal Scallops with Prosciutto and Sage

Simplicity and lightness are the key words of my culinary « specifications » of the month. This, contrarily to what you might think, is totally compatible with “tastiness” and “conviviality”! It is true that after all the "rich-but-still-totally assumed" holiday meals, my body wants and needs a decent detox treatment. While I am writing this, I can’t help smiling because today’s recipe is not exactly what a serious dietician would call “healthy”: veal scallop, Ok, that one won’t be too bad for your figure, but a ... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2008

Madeleines « easy MARX », « easy MARX » Madeleines

Between you and me, this post is more a pretext to write a review about Thierry Marx’ latest cookbook than to share an easy (but delicious, though) Madeleine recipe with you. Well, what can I say… This book has simply left me…disconcerted. Its “beauty” cannot be beaten : it is gorgeous, with its white and silver, very sober, cover (a washable cover, great idea, isn’t it ?). The size, the quality of paper, everything is top classy. As for the recipes, there are 500 of them, so I let you imagine what a great... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2008

Une entrée ensoleillée pour une journée « hibernée », a shiny appetizer for a rainy day

Petite Corolle de Tartare de Cabillaud à la MangueCod Tartare and Mango in a flower-shaped Brick* Pastry Oh no, what is this dreadful weather ? If I didn’t have my kids to pick-up at school, the holidays dirty laundry to catch up and the meals to prepare, I would have loved to stay in my comfy, cozy bed. Just like when I was a teenager : a pile of IQ-zero magazines, the ugliest pajamas (you know the ones that usually are tucked at the bottom of the drawer), a huge bag of candies that would last no longer... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2008

Soufflés à l’Orange et Grand-Marnier de Jean-François Piège, Orange and Grand Marnier Soufflés by Jean-François Piège

For those of you who are not familiar with the name « Jean-François Piège », let me enlighten you : he is the Chef at « Les Ambassadeurs », the restaurant of the high-end Hotel de Crillon in Paris. After 12 years at the side of Ducasse, he has been the only “Master” at Les Ambassadeurs for 4 years now. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a TV report about the making-of of his first recipe book and wow... I found it totally fascinating. Now guess who 's been offered his book as soon as it was released, mmhh ?? It is a wonderful... [Lire la suite]
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07 janvier 2008

Petits cakes au Saumon fumé et au Citron Confit, Smoked Salmon and Preserved Lemon Mini Loaves

No 2007 « best of » for me ! I have to admit that I do not feel very comfortable looking back over my shoulders and self-congratulating me for the accomplished work !! On the other hand, I am so glad I launched this foodblog a year ago : I ‘ve experienced so many intense feelings this last year : joy in reading your comments and your oh-so-nice emails, some pressure too in keeping my blog regularly updated and in achieving "technical" recipes, and frustration sometimes when I realized that I definitely was not... [Lire la suite]
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