Wednesday, 3 June 2020

SUPERSONIC NACHOS

SUPERSONIC NACHOS

What do you do when your children are hungry as hell, ready to go to the deli to buy anything already prepared and that you firmly wish, they have a decent meal? I go for the nachos : full of nice ingredients (ok the tortilla chips but I buy some with, nearly, no nasties). Those supersonic nachos are ready in no time and everyone is very pleased indeed at the end. So shall we start ?


Wine pairing : Poulsard d'Arbois (Red) from the Jura.






SUPERSONIC NACHOS 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Tomatoes
Pepper
Avocado
Grated cheddar
Lime
Fresh coriander

In your cupboard
Tortilla chips
Red kidney beans
Red onion
Cumin


SUPERSONIC NACHOS
Serves 4

Sunday, 24 May 2020

ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIOCHE (Brioche fondante à la fleur d’oranger)

ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIOCHE
(Brioche fondante à la fleur d’oranger)


During this lockdown, after baking an astronomical quantities of bread and baguettes, I did as well lots of yummy brioches obviously with orange blossom for the taste buds of my children! If you wish to make some as well, prepare several batches as they have a tendency to disappear terribly quickly, so quickly that you may think that you may have dream, you did some! Yes, a kind of parallel universe... ;)




ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIOCHE
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Milk
Crème fraîche
Butter
Egg


In your cupboard 
Pearl sugar
Dry yeast
Flour
Sugar
Salt
Orange blossom


ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIOCHE
Serves 4

Saturday, 16 May 2020

CONCHIGLIONI WITH HAM AND TOMATO PESTO (Conchiglie au pesto de jambon et tomates)

CONCHIGLIONI WITH HAM AND TOMATO PESTO
(Conchiglie au pesto de jambon et tomates)


I was always intrigued by those huge pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach and I always wanted to create some myself! But in a lockdown world you have to deal with all your family and it is not easy to satisfy everyone especially when they are not too keen on ricotta cheese. So I came with a ham and dry tomato pesto for a change and it was a really nice success! So do not hesitate to be creative, you have all the time in the world to try some adventurous recipes…;)


Wine pairing : San Giovese di Romagna (Red) from Emilie-Romagna.






CONCHIGLIONI WITH HAM AND TOMATO PESTO
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Serrano ham
Basil leaves
Parmesan


In your cupboard 
Passata
Conchiglioni pasta shape
Dry tomatoes
Pine nuts
Olive oil


CONCHIGLIONI WITH HAM AND TOMATO PESTO
Serves 3-4

Saturday, 9 May 2020

EASY-PEASY ROQUEFORT BAGUETTES (Baguettes au roquefort simplissimes)

EASY-PEASY ROQUEFORT BAGUETTES
(Baguettes au roquefort supersoniques)



Oh my god! The only advantage of the lockdown so far is undoubtedly the bread I make nearly everyday for my family. It has never been something I wanted to realise to bake my own bread to be honest! We have so many amazing baguettes from outstanding bakeries in France that it was a total waste of time for me. Until I found an instagram girl (coco-cook25) who proposed a bread easy-peasy to realise. I tried out, I failed, I tried out again and I succeeded! Succeeded so much that I realise my own version with…...yes, you name it, my beloved roquefort! And as my daughter said “it is as good as our French bakery”. It says it all! 







EASY-PEASY ROQUEFORT BAGUETTES
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Roquefort


In your cupboard 
Flour
Fast-action yeast
Salt


EASY-PEASY ROQUEFORT BAGUETTES 
For 2 baguettes


Monday, 4 May 2020

PEAS AND HAM CLAFOUTIS (Clafoutis petits pois et jambon)

PEAS AND HAM CLAFOUTIS
(Clafoutis petits pois et jambon)


In the lockdown world, clafoutis are handy as they do not require the use of flour (ok just 1 tbsp) which is as hard to find as diamonds these days! In addition, you have a meal ready in no time for the WHOLE family and balance as well. In fine, it’s easy for your mind because to be quite frankly, trying to find what to cook twice a day, EVERYDAY is like a Sisyphean task even for me with a culinary blog! So paired with a nice green salad, you’ll have one more meal sorted for today...




Wine pairing : Régnié (Red ) from Beaujolais.





PEAS AND HAM CLAFOUTIS 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Almond milk
Gruyère
Eggs
Ham


In your cupboard 
Petits pois 
Nutmeg
Flour 

PEAS AND HAM CLAFOUTIS 
Serves 4

Saturday, 2 May 2020

CASHEW NUTS CHICKEN (Gai pad med mamuang)

CASHEW NUTS CHICKEN
(Poulet aux noix de cajou)
- Gai pad med mamuang -


During this lockdown, I do try to travel a little bit with my palate. After a few mouthful we are all transported and it is very good indeed for our mood believe me! It's in Thailand actually that our taste buds have landed. And it has been a delight especially with vermicelli rice noodles if you can. As usual do not worry as it is extremely easy to prepare! Oh, I forget to tell about the lovely smell in the kitchen as well... So ready to cook? 



Wine pairing : Arbois Savagnin (White) from Jura.





CASHEW NUTS CHICKEN
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Chicken breast
Fresh ginger

In your cupboard
Cashew nuts
Garlic
Neutral oil
Soy sauce 
Chili 
Brown caster sugar
Cider vinegar
Cornflour 

CASHEW NUTS CHICKEN 
Serves 4

Sunday, 26 April 2020

RASPBERRIES AND ROSE CLAFOUTIS (Clafoutis aux framboises et à la rose)

RASPBERRIES AND ROSE CLAFOUTIS
(Clafoutis aux framboises et à la rose)


One of my signature dish once again. This clafoutis has everything to please you! Amazingly easy to prepare, it has a spring scent so delicious, you'll have to bake it again and again... Rose water is very important in this bake as it gives the clafoutis a subtle "je ne sais quoi"... Do not hesitate to use frozen raspberries if they are not in season!



Grand Roussillon (Rosé) from Languedoc-Roussillon.







RASPBERRY AND ROSE CLAFOUTIS 
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Eggs
Raspberries
Milk

In your cupboard 
Flour 
Rose flower water
Brown sugar
Icing sugar


RASPBERRIES AND ROSE CLAFOUTIS
Serves 4

Saturday, 18 April 2020

ALMOND AND HONEY MACARONS (Macarons provençaux des Baronnies)

ALMOND AND HONEY MACARONS
(Macarons provençaux des Baronnies)


I miss my country so much during this lockdown, you have no idea! It is more than being homesick! Remember me for the next pandemie to go back to my roots and not stay there please!!! I have seen a marvelous and very moving documentary about Provence on my TV5 tv that all French know, “Des racines et des ailes”. They showed how to make those magnificents almond and honey macarons so… I did them absolutely straight away as I always have in my cupboards, almonds powder and finest honey! 
So please, enjoy this little bit of my beloved country...






ALMOND AND HONEY MACARONS
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Eggs

In your cupboard 
Honey
Sugar
Almond powder


ALMOND AND HONEY MACARONS
For 12 macarons

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (BOOK) - UNDER THE SAND (FILM)

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (BOOK) 
UNDER THE SAND (FILM)



LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Chanderlos de Laclos
1782

Enter in the French decadence of the 18 century escorted by 2 evil characters : the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil where their pleasure lies in corrupting and destroying reputations of innocents...





Saturday, 11 April 2020

WHITE FISH WITH BRANDADE (Poisson blanc à la brandade)

WHITE FISH WITH BRANDADE
(Poisson blanc à la brandade)



OMG, I absolutely adore the brandade (cod brandade) from my beloved country and especially the south! Trying a lot of diversity in my lockout recipes, I came with this idea of pairing a white fish with the lovely brandade! What a lovely match it forms. The creamy brandade is revealing itself with the fish and I really advise you to try it. Obviously, it will not be easy to try to find brandade in those circumstances but for my friends in France, it will normally be I hope easy-peasy! 


Wine pairing : Vacqueyras (White) from the Rhone-Valley.







WHITE FISH WITH BRANDADE 
A quick glance in your kitchen…


In your fridge
White fish (sea bass for me)
Crème fraîche
Mixed herbs

In your cupboard 
Cod brandade


WHITE FISH WITH BRANDADE
Serves 4

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

EGG CURRY - ANDA MASALA - (Curry d’œufs)

EGG CURRY - ANDA MASALA -
(Curry d’œufs)



Even though we are locked down, I try as much as possible to create a kind of diversity in my recipes! I am lucky enough to find, nearly, what I need to cook. Many thanks to the people behind the shadow who are working endlessly to satisfy all our needs… Because I tend to cook a lot of indian dishes (easy when you are living in London I reckon), I possess a nice cupboard of spices and I am grateful to have plenty of them. Today I am going to cook with eggs as it is something you, normally, find on the shelves even nowadays… You will adore the texture of the eggs paired with lovely spices : an enchanting way of travelling and forgetting for a moment the strange time we are living in...


Wine pairing : Vin de pays d'Argens (Rosé ) from Provence.






EGG CURRY - ANDA MASALA -
A quick glance in your kitchen…

In your fridge
Eggs
Fresh ginger
Greek yogurt 

In your cupboard
Onion
Tomatoes in can
Garam masala
Cumin seeds
Cinnamon 
Cardamom
Hot paprika
Basmati or jasmine rice
Turmeric


EGG CURRY - ANDA MASALA -
Serves 2


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