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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23 décembre 2006

Suggestion for a wintery Menu ! Suggestion de Menu Hivernal !

    French Wintery Menu     Cheese Soufflé   Stuffed Chicken Breasts "à la Fred"     Tatin Apple Tart/Tarte Tatin aux pommes     Pistachio Financiers, served with Café Those little "cakes", made with egg whites, melted butter and almond (or pistachio or hazelnut) powder are called financiers (same root as "finance") because they have the shape of a gold bar. Pour la recette en Français, contactez-moi !     You need for 15 mini-financiers 70g (2.4 oz)... [Lire la suite]
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22 décembre 2006

Did you know that "Tatin" was a family name ?

  Yes, Tatin is not the french translation of “caramelized” even if it has become synonimous with it over the years. Actually, Tatin is a family name from the Center of France, a region called La Motte Beuvron. Two sisters, Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin were running a hotel/restaurant  there in the early 19th century. During hunting season, the restaurant was very busy  and one day, Stéphanie, known for being very clumsy, dropped  an apple tart on the floor ! The apples were facing the floor and the pastry was on... [Lire la suite]
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20 décembre 2006

Chestnuts are children’s best friends

Chestnuts are not exclusive to savory dishes, they also make great desserts. The “chesnuts spread” is wonderfully sweetened and rich and can be a good source of energy  for (gourmet) children practicing a sport  or before an important exam. This is why this spread is also sold in tubes in France so you can sip it anyplace, anytime…I remember that I used to have 2 or 3 tubes of chestnuts spread in my school bag  in case I suddenly felt tired, which, strangely enough,  happened very often !   Now it is a... [Lire la suite]
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