"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" LdV

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

LEMON FRUIT JELLY WITH AGAR-AGAR (Pâtes de fruits au citron avec de l'agar-agar)

LEMON FRUIT JELLY WITH AGAR-AGAR
(Pâtes de fruits au citron avec de l'agar-agar)



In France, you can find fruit jelly (called pates de fruits) absolutely everywhere. When I arrived in London, I missed those treats terribly. So I had to make them myself. But I could not find the special jelly sugar (Vitpris) you need to have a good jelly texture. I came then with the agar-agar: the result was nearly perfect. From then on, all the family and friends enjoyed the lovely jelly fruits, home made and without gelatin! Be aware that you will need 1 day before enjoying them though, so be patient...;)




Wine pairing : Haut Montravel (sweet white) from the South West.







LEMON FRUIT JELLY WITH AGAR-AGAR
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Lemon

In your cupboard
Agar-agar
Brown caster sugar


LEMON FRUIT JELLY WITH AGAR-AGAR
Around 15 (but it will depend on your mould)

Friday, 9 November 2018

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #7

FUSS FREE WEEKLY MEALS PLANNING #7


OMG! 2659 people have seen my meals planning number 6? 
It's unbelievable isn't it?
And as the holidays are now over,  let's go again for a new one... ;)








Lundi 
Tuna and Gruyere cake (here)
 1 Vache qui rit 
1 Clementine

Mardi
Piemontese salad (here)
1 frubies
1 orange sliced with a little bit of cinnamon on top

FILM : A LA VIE! (TO LIFE) - FRENCH BOOK : EMPIRE - ENGLISH BOOK : SKYFARING : A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT

FILM : A LA VIE! (TO LIFE) 
FRENCH BOOK : EMPIRE
ENGLISH BOOK : SKYFARING : A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT



SKYFARING : A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT
Mark Vanhoenacker

An hymn to a journey from Earth to sky...

Mark Vanhoenacker has left a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight and became a 747 pilot for BA! Through this book in a binary vision, as a passenger and a pilot, we will discover a real avgeek world , a meditation and a mesmerizing reflection on the pleasure of flying with technical and mechanical aspects as well as an enchanting description of the Earth from above...



EMPIRE (Un fabuleux voyage chez les Romains)
Alberto Angela

Comment explorer la civilisation Romaine de façon ludique? En suivant l'itinéraire d'une pièce d'1 sesterce de mains en mains, depuis sa frappe à Rome puis dans tout l’Empire romain à la fin du règne de Trajan… 
Une superbe vulgarisation historique à la portée de tous !




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

PLEUROTES AND BRIE GIGLI (Gigli aux pleurotes et crème de Brie)

PLEUROTES AND BRIE GIGLI 
(Gigli aux Pleurottes et crème de Brie)


I have found some "crème de Brie" (a spreadable Brie cheese, oh yummmmmmy), at my local supermarket so immediately, I thought about a nice recipe with Pleurottes and gigli shaped pasta. It was a delight and went perfectly well with the cold weather actually : a lovely "fall" dish realized in few minutes. Take shiitake mushrooms if you cannot find any Pleurotes. And if you cannot find any "crème de Brie" either, take Cheddar spreadable. 


Wine pairing : Savigny-Lès-Beaune (Red) from Burgundy. 







PLEUROTES AND BRIE GIGLI 
A quick glance in your kitchen

IN YOUR FRIDGE
Pleurotes mushrooms
Crème de Brie
Crème fraîche
Curly parsley
Butter

IN YOUR CUPBOARD
Gigli pasta
Garlic clove


PLEUROTTES AND BRIE GIGLI 
Serves 2-3


Monday, 5 November 2018

COURGETTES MINI-PIZZAS (Pizzettes courgettes)

COURGETTES MINI-PIZZAS 
(Pizzettes courgettes)


Yes, mini-pizzas made with courgettes slices what about that? Taken in a French magazine, this recipe has everything to please you! It's healthy and you can put anything you whish on those courgettes slices. For mine, I have put some roquefort cheese with tomato puree, a few minutes in the oven and ta daaaah! It's ready. For a snack or an aperitif minute, you cannot beat that! 


Wine pairing : Barsac (white) from Bordeaux.






COURGETTES MINI-PIZZAS 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Roquefort
Gruyère
Courgettes
Tomato paste


COURGETTES MINI-PIZZAS 
Serves 4

Saturday, 3 November 2018

FORESTIÈRE AND PINK PEPPERCORN VELOUTÉ (Velouté de champignons des bois au poivre rose)

FORESTIÈRE AND PINK PEPPERCORN VELOUTÉ
(Velouté de champignons des bois au poivre rose)


The taste of this soup is sooooo good thanks to the mushrooms forestière. Forestière is a combination of wild mushrooms normally from the forest... I find this mix of mushrooms at my market but you can use any kind of mushrooms you wish... Try not to use buttons mushrooms though as they are flavorless especially in this velouté. I have added a little bit of spice in the name of pink peppercorn and parsnip...



Wine pairing : Médoc (Red) from Bordeaux.






FORESTIÈRE AND PINK PEPPERCORN VELOUTÉ
A quick glance in your kitchen...

In your fridge
Forestière mushrooms
Parsnip
Parsley

In your cupboard
Pink peppercorn
Potatoes
Shallots
Garlic
Vegetable stock

FORESTIÈRE AND PINK PEPPERCORN VELOUTÉ
Serves 6

Thursday, 1 November 2018

BAKED CHERRY TOMATOES, FETA AND OLIVES (Tomates cerises, feta et olives au four)

BAKED CHERRY TOMATOES, FETA AND OLIVES 
(Tomates cerises, feta et olives au four)


Miam! It does smell the South of France... What a treat when it is terribly cold outside to enjoy a dish with Mediterranean accent! Very easy with simple ingredients, this dish I have found in a French magazine can be enjoyed on its own or with any roast. I tend to have it with a nice crusty piece of bread and it is a marvel! You may add other vegetables if you wish, but I do like it that way... 


Wine pairing : Coteaux du Pont du Gard (Rose) from Languedoc-Roussillon.




BAKED CHERRY TOMATOES, FETA AND OLIVES 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Feta
Cherry tomatoes
Lemon
Black olives
Thyme


In your cupboard 
Olive oil
Onion
Garlic 


BAKED CHERRY TOMATOES, FETA AND OLIVES 
Serves 4