"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Friday, 18 October 2019

MEXICAN GUACAMOLE (Guacamole mexicain)

MEXICAN GUACAMOLE 
(Guacamole mexicain) 

How strange? I did a few guacamole during the summer time for my supper and I was really surprised to discover that some of my friends did not have the recipe actually! In my mind, guacamole was something everyone knows a little bit like the tapenade. But eventually, I was wrong. So I have asked a Mexican women, Martha,  at my aquagym class for the REAL recipe and she was delighted to share it with me... and my friends and worldwide now...:)




Wine pairing : Palette (Rosé) from Corsica.





MEXICAN GUACAMOLE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Avocados
Spring onions
Fresh coriander
Tomato
Lime 
Chili  

MEXICAN GUACAMOLE 
Serves 2

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

APPLE AND BANANA CRUMBLE (Crumble pommes bananes)

APPLE AND BANANA CRUMBLE 
(Crumble pommes bananes)



Last time, my daughter invited a Russian friend over for the week-end : she wanted to show her her water-ski Club (it was freeeeeeezing cold and the friend was watching inside the boat!!!!). This friend was very nice indeed but.....she always turned her nose up at my cooking. What a shame as I prepared lots of French delicacies...Never mind, it happens sometimes...So at the end, I prepared this simple banana and apple crumble.... What happened next ? She had a second helping....


Wine pairing : Aspiran (Sweet white) from Languedoc-Roussillon.





BANANA AND APPLE CRUMBLE 
A quick glance in your kitchen...


In your fridge
Apples
Butter
Bananas

In your cupboard
Flour
Brown caster sugar

BANANA AND APPLE CRUMBLE
Serves 4-6

Sunday, 13 October 2019

TAGLIATELLES RAGU ALLA BOLOGNESE (Tagliatelles ragù alla bolognaise)

TAGLIATELLES RAGU ALLA BOLOGNESE
(Tagliatelles ragù alla bolognaise)



Who does not know the bolognese sauce or Al Ragu for the specialist? An iconic dish from Bologna in Italy where you can find as many recipes as people actually! Mine comes from my former flying instructor who was Italian. He told me that the Al Ragu sauce always has pork sausage and that you have to finish the cooking with a glass of milk! Very easy to do (as usual), you may double or triple this delicious Al Ragu sauce and freeze it! 


Wine pairing : Savuto (Red) from Calabria.






TAGLIATELLES RAGU ALLA BOLOGNESE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Tagliatelles
Carrot
Celery
Passata
Fresh Parmesan cheese
Beef
Pork sausage 
White wine
Milk

In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Onion 


TAGLIATELLES RAGU ALLA BOLOGNESE
Serves 4

Friday, 11 October 2019

BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES AND HAZELNUTS VELOUTÉ (Velouté de courge butternut, patates douces et noisettes)

BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES AND HAZELNUTS VELOUTÉ
(Velouté de courge butternut, patates douces et noisettes)


The trouble with butternut squash is its size. Between you and I, the perspective of cutting it put me off instantly. So when I noticed at my usual deli a pack of fresh butternut squares I was more than happy. My soup would be made in no time. Considering that butternut squash with sweet potatoes seem a little bit bland for my taste, I have added a yummy hazelnut paste : as you can see on the picture below, the simple soup became an absolutely divine and smooth velouté ...;)


Wine pairing : Marignan (White) from Savoy and Bugey.






BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES AND HAZELNUTS VELOUTÉ
A quick glance in your kitchen...


In your fridge
Butternut squash

In your cupboard
Sweet potatoes
Baking potatoes
Shallot
Garlic
Vegetable stock
Hazelnut butter


BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATOES AND HAZELNUTS VELOUTÉ
Serves 4-6

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS EXPRESS

VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS EXPRESS


I have once eaten at a Moroccan friend's house, an amazing couscous. The flavor, the spices, the meat and the couscous itself (we said couscous, but couscous is the name of the semolina in fact...) was a poem in my mouth (if it's possible to have a poem in your mouth of course, but....why not!!!). It was so light, so tasty that I asked for the recipe....Ah la la, ok. Heu. It takes 2 days : for the semolina first. It has to be soaked many times, etc, etc... Ok. So, I came with this recipe. In France, it is easier to do it because of a famous Mr Picard (a kind of delicatessen selling only fresh and frozen products and delicacies). But it does not exist anymore here in London (I was so sad when Mr Picard left London, you have no idea....). So I had to improvise with what I have and I was very happy with the results, my children and my friends as well (especially my friends actually). And lucky you, you can find Harissa anywhere (careful though, it is terribly hot!!!). Elle est pas belle la vie ?Enjoy!
Ras-el-hanout is a special blend of spices from North African cuisine which might contains around 30 spices !!! You can find ras-el-hanout easily now. 



Wine pairing : Saint-Chinian (Red) from Languedoc-Roussillon.






VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS EXPRESS
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Courgettes
Carrots
Tomato puree

In your cupboard
Chickpeas
Saffron
Ras-el-hanout
Semolina couscous
Sultanas
Garlic
Onion
Harissa 


VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS EXPRESS
Serves 3-4

Monday, 7 October 2019

WHOLEGRAIN MUSTARD CHICKEN (Poulet à la moutarde ancienne)

WHOLEGRAIN  MUSTARD CHICKEN
(Poulet à la moutarde ancienne)


Definitely, a meal which smells autumn! In France, we tend to cook a lot with mustard even though it seems that this French condiment comes from England actually! Terribly easy as usual, this dish could become a classical at your table! Don't be reluctant by the mustard as in wholegrain style it is smoother and the kids (and teenagers), adore the taste so let's prepare it and enjoy!



 Wine pairing : Pécharmant (Red) from the South West.







WHOLEGRAIN MUSTARD CHICKEN
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Chicken breasts 
Crème fraîche

In your cupboard 
Wholegrain mustard
Olive oil 
Shallot

WHOLEGRAIN  MUSTARD CHICKEN
Serves 4

Friday, 4 October 2019

TOMATO, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL LASAGNE (Lasagnes tomates, mozzarella et basilic)

TOMATO, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL LASAGNE
(Lasagnes tomates, mozzarella et basilic)


Yum, a tricolori recipe, with the tricolori ingredients famous worldwide! Please find a perfectly balanced meal for the days where you have absolutely no idea on what you are going to prepare for your hungry children or teenagers especially after school! With simple ingredients like tomatoes, mozzarella and lasagne sheets, you will be surprised on how this lasagnes dish is easy to make and as easier to be enjoyed by all the family! 



Wine pairing : Lagrein Scuro (Red) from Alto Adige.




TOMATO, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL LASAGNE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Crème fraîche
Tomatoes
Mozzarella
Fresh basil
Courgettes
Ricotta cheese

In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Nutmeg
Lasagne sheets 


TOMATO, MOZZARELLA AND BASIL LASAGNE 
Serves 4