"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Sunday, 11 February 2018

FRESH CRAB MEAT LINGUINE (Linguine au crabe frais)

FRESH CRAB MEAT LINGUINE
(Linguine au crabe frais)


Yes, I absolutely adore crab and I am lucky enough to have a wonderful fishmonger with seafood straight, literally, from the sea! I have tasted this pasta recipe in Italy and I was happy to discover that the crab meat was fresh. Crab has such a delicate and subtle savor that in my opinion, it is a waste to cook it ! As usual, I tend to cook fresh pasta as they are tastier and take 5 minutes to cook only! Obviously, if you cannot find fresh pasta, go for any others... 



Wine pairing : Breganza Bianco (White) from Venetie.
 






FRESH CRAB MEAT LINGUINE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Fresh linguine
Fresh crab meat
Lemons
Parmesan
Fresh parsley

In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Garlic


FRESH CRAB MEAT LINGUINE
Serves 4

Thursday, 8 February 2018

SWEET POTATOES FRIES WITH TURMERIC AND ROSEMARY (Frites de patates douces au curcuma et romarin)

SWEET POTATOES FRIES WITH TURMERIC AND ROSEMARY
(Frites de patates douces au curcuma et romarin)


Miam, sweet potatoes fries are my daughter's favorite meal at the school's restaurant. So obviously, I had to replicate them at home and in my version put a bit of turmeric and rosemary which goes so well together. For a vegan recipe, use coconut oil instead and omit the egg...


Wine pairing : Chassagne-Montrachet (White) from Burgundy.





SWEET POTATOES FRIES WITH TURMERIC AND ROSEMARY
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Egg 
Sweet potatoes
Fresh rosemary

In your cupboard 
Turmeric
Olive oil


SWEET POTATOES FRIES WITH TURMERIC AND ROSEMARY 
Serves 3-4

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

APPLE FLOGNARDE

APPLE FLOGNARDE


The flaugnarde or flognarde is a dessert I particularly adore cooking in winter! It is a specialty near my area in Limousin and more specifically of Corrèze. The flognarde whose name derives from the old French fleugne (soft, cozy) is simply the name given to a  winter clafoutis when the fruits used are apples (or pears) instead of cherries.



Wine pairing : Muscat de Rivesaltes (Sweet white) from Languedoc-Roussillon.




APPLE FLOGNARDE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Apples
Eggs
Milk
Butter

In your cupboard
Sugar
Flour
Rum

APPLE FLOGNARDE
Serves 6

Monday, 5 February 2018

CAFE BLANC (AHWEH BAIDA)

CAFE BLANC (AHWEH BAIDA)


What about a nice infusion after the succession of Christmas meals, galettes and many more we all went through? What about a Cafe blanc? No worries, there is absolutely no trace of coffee there. Cafe blanc is a lovely recipe from Lebanon. This is an infused hot water with orange flower which is used, generally, guess when? at the end of a meal. I first tasted cafe blanc at a weeding : the bride was from Beyrout and all the buffet (a marvel) was Lebanese... Between you and I, I adore this cafe blanc so much that you will ALWAYS see on my table or my buffet table, several lovely jugs of cold cafe blanc (without any sugar then). You may now relax and enjoy...




CAFE BLANC (AHWEH BAIDA)
A quick glance in your kitchen...


In your cupboard
Orange blossom water
Honey - agave syrup (or muscovado sugar)

CAFE BLANC (AHWEH BAIDA)
Serves 1

Saturday, 3 February 2018

MY TARTIFLETTE (Ma tartiflette)

MY TARTIFLETTE 
(Ma tartiflette)

Yes mine! And it is the best ever (everyone will tell you so)! I possess a recipe that I have changed a little bit from my dearest Huberte and believe me, you may die of pleasure after a few mouthfuls... 
This dish was developed in Savoie in the 80s, inspired by a traditional preparation called the "pela" (a roasted potatoes gratin with onions and cheese made in a big pan.). It is now linked with alpine ski, comfy chalet and conviviality around this delicious feast... Nota : you may put off the skin of the Reblochon... or you may not! I personally prefer with... A lovely green salad will perfectly end this beautiful tartiflette.


Wine pairing : Roussette du Bugey (White) from Savoy and Bugey.




MY TARTIFLETTE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Reblochon
Lardons
White wine

In your cupboard 
Potatoes
Onions
Garlic
Olive oil


MY TARTIFLETTE 
Serves 3-4

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

RAW BEETROOT AND COCONUT POTAGE (Potage de betteraves crues et noix de coco)

RAW BEETROOT AND COCONUT POTAGE 
(Potage de betteraves crues et noix de coco) 


I continue with my vegan recipes and especially the velvety texture of coconut milk in soup! What a bliss in your mouth it is... I adore raw beetroots and this potage is an absolute delight. Beware though as it is a little bit messy (think crime scene so protect yourself and everything around..). I did not put anything else in the soup to really taste the woody notes of the beetroots and I succeeded quite well actually...


Wine pairing : Tursan (White) from the South West.






RAW BEETROOT AND COCONUT POTAGE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Raw beetroots
Potatoes

In your cupboard
Shallot
Garlic
Olive oil
Vegetable stock

RAW BEETROOT AND COCONUT POTAGE 
Serves 6

Monday, 29 January 2018

EASY TYROLEAN KAISERSCHMARRN (AS GOOD AS IN LECH...)

EASY TYROLEAN KAISERSCHMARRN
(AS GOOD AS IN LECH...)


The 2nd of February we will celebrate the "chandeleur" (pancake day) which marks the end of Christmas day 40 days afterwards. We make crepes (or pancakes) for everyone in the family! For this year, I come with an interesting royal and emblematic pancake recipe! A shredded pancake recipe to be exact from Austria called Kaiserschmarrn (the emperor mess!). The emperor we are referring to is the Kaiser Franz Joseph I from Austria and the pancake was created for him by the Imperial chef. The wife's emperor did not like it as she was watching her waistline, her name was Sissi...
This dish is exquisite and terribly easy to make. My daughter when we are in Austria ate this dessert to several restaurants to compare which Kaiserschmarrn is the best!
You may eat it with plum jam or apple compote. Ready to prepare this royal pancake ?


Wine pairing : Muscat du Cap Corse (Sweet white) from Corsica.





EASY TYROLEAN KAISERSCHMARRN
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Milk
Ghee (or butter)
Eggs 


In your cupboard 
Flour
Caster sugar
Salt
Icing sugar
Apple compote or plum jam


EASY TYROLEAN KAISERSCHMARRN
Serves 3